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Technology Used in Middle Schools to Empower Students

Advances in technology have expanded the classroom walls well beyond campus and into the Internet. Allowing students access to more than pen, paper and textbooks empowers different types of learners. Teachers can differentiate between their students, providing resources that meet their needs. These resources can vary from hardware, like tablet computers, to Internet-based solutions, like teacher websites. Middle school students can engage with content and classmates through technology, giving them more ownership of their learning.

Throughout the last decade, educators have witnessed an explosion in the amount of information available through use of the Internet and other technologies. The possible impact of these new technology applications in the classroom is immeasurable.

For middle school teachers and students, the research is highly supportive of the use of technology integration in the classroom. Middle schools that develop challenging curricula of an exploratory nature are emerging as models in the field of technological integration.

What motivates the pre-adolescent?
Middle school students learn best when they are actively engaged with the content. When students participate in hands-on, inquiry-based learning, they develop lasting skills that often translate into higher levels of student achievement. Lessons that include technology applications provide teachers with ways to motivate students into becoming active, real-world learners.

Computer-based strategies help students develop higher order thinking and problem-solving skills. Participation in real life applications included in technology-rich teaching environments promotes students' abilities to draw analogies, infer relationships, predict outcomes, and analyze data.

How does technology increase learning?
Middle school teachers who implement technology into their content areas report encouraging results. As students are busy manipulating data and learning by doing, involvement in their own learning increases along with enthusiasm. Students are no longer passive recipients of knowledge; they become active participants in the learning process. The learning environment is positively affected by the use of technology-based instructional strategies.

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The National Middle School Association supports the use of technology integration in middle school classrooms. The Internet and the revolution in technology that has taken place in the last ten years has become a powerful tool for education. Research indicates that technology can have a positive impact when successfully incorporated as part of the middle level curriculum.
 

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Tablet Computers

Numerous activities, from apps that monitor student progress to virtual field trips, offer middle school students choice in their learning. Tablets provide a wealth of free apps, such as study tools, writing programs and math assistance, allowing students to practice vocabulary and other concepts on their own time. Middle school teachers may pre-select apps to help empower student learning, but students can choose when to access these tools.

Classroom Without Walls

Internet and cloud based technologies empower middle school students by allowing them access to classroom conversations without physically being in class. A number of word processing and presentation programs allow students to communicate online while collaborating, allowing students to work on projects at the same time in different locations. Additionally, technologies like email and classroom-based social networking sites allow students to communicate with the teacher outside of class time, asking questions as they have them.

Document Cameras

Document cameras empower middle school students by offering them the chance to see their own work on the big screen. Students can build confidence by having their work shared and can also learn from each other's work. They can edit and revise writing based on student samples, which makes the work more meaningful. Students can also use the document camera to observe small details on artwork and artifacts. Document cameras empower students, because they allow everyone to see the same item, whether artifact or student writing, at the same time.

 

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