Tech in the classroom

Can Tech Play a Key Role in Education?

by | Mar 21, 2019 | EAL, Literacy, SEND

A question that Fonetti HQ have been mulling over today…

Our tech-led society has spawned a tech-savvy generation.

The impressive catalogue of devices on the market continues to surge. As consumers we increasingly enjoy and relish the possibilities that these inventions offer.

As do our children!

The average four year old being able to navigate an iPad with more proficiency than their grandparents. The need to tap into this for educational gain is more urgent than ever.

Is tech the way forward?

Let’s turn to the stats…

Recent Ofcom studies repeatably document a clear increase in tablet and smartphone ownership.

In 2016, 67% of 5-7 years olds and 80% of 8-11s had daily access to a tablet.

And it’s not just the access to these devices (as any parent will agree) that’s important here. Children actively love, and want them!

Tablets and mobile phones are far more popular than TVs or laptops. For the first time ever, children now spend more time online than they do watching television.

I’d imagine these figures are probably no surprise to you at all!

What happens in the classroom?

It goes without saying that there is no substitute for the teacher, and no replacement for our fantastic curriculum.

But what if this love of technology could amplify their learning?

We have certainly seen massive improvements being made in the educational tech industries. Teachers have been using interactive white boards for years…

The right technology?

The key here is getting the right technology that can help support teachers and students in the classroom. Technology can bridge the gap between how much time a teacher would like to spend with a student, and how much time they have available to spend.

Salman Kahn, creator of the online Kahn Academy, suggests that using tech in the classroom does not distract or delay a child’s educational ability. In fact, it has the ability to nurture it.

Kahn believes that technology can really ‘flip the classroom’ dynamics. Children are encouraged to become independent learners. They can progress at their own speed without the pressure of obvious comparison with their peers. 

So how does this tie in with reading?

Despite what one may think, children still have reading high up their on their list of priorities!

Ofcom highlighted that reading is still the third most popular activity for 6-11 year olds (following gaming and social media).

And, what’s more, the bedtime story is still going strong! Up to 21% of 6-11 year olds reading a book, independently, before bed.

Fonetti blends a love of reading and a passion for technology. This, we believe, is a winning formula.

By tapping into the platforms that our children love with educational content, we can really get a head start in supporting a child with their literacy.

A final thought…

In whatever form it comes in reading is an art. We should do whatever we can to encourage and support children with their literacy in anyway possible, and tech continues to be an effective way of ‘reaching out’ to them in language they understand.

Support and practise is always key in this journey!

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