Having a student-centered technology in the classroom opens many doors for teachers and students. The opportunities are endless and progresses the way of teaching and learning. Student-centered learning engages the classroom more because it is designed in such a way to keep students on task rather than just busy work. Improves learning because students are able to have a learning that is set up to their needs. It all does depend on how the technology is being used and who is using it, but that is why when using this style teachers can set it up in a way that fits each student the best rather than trying to teach them all like one. This gives teachers so many options as well as students to progress in the classroom. Teachers use this form of teaching to balance the power and organize activities based on content. By balancing the power or shifting the power to the student it “gives students opportunities to practice mastering the material at their own pace. We all learn at different paces and when a student is given the opportunity to learn at their own pace we see an increase in their academic progress. Simply because they are learning at a pace that fits them the best. Take into consideration how any students are in a classroom, all the diversity that the teacher has to take into consideration when creating lesson plans. How does a teacher pick what learning style to address compared to the others, thankfully with the student centered style of teaching/learning and having technology to support that style they won’t face this problem. Instead they can focus on all the ways to address all the learning styles and students. In a student centered classroom teachers serve as a guide to the students, when help is needed, but for the most part it gives students the responsibility. Technology can be used to help students take ownership of their learning. Learner-centered teaching means creating assignments that allow students to practice building connections with the material, and evaluate their learning. As for the organization, students appreciate a structured, logical flow to their courses, and how you organize your assignments and activities can go a long way in minimizing confusion. Technology supports how you organize and communicate course materials and expectations and this only increases the learning” (Bart, 2011). Many speculate because they may find it difficult or think it will be difficult to apply technology in the classroom and meet the common core requirements. “Truth is that the Common Core requires students to develop the types of skills they learn best in a student-centered environment” (Krueger, 2014). Students are required to learn “reasoning, problem solving, and critical thinking. Student-centered learning environments have been touted as a means to support such processes” (Hannafin, 1997). Take into consideration when a student is assigned a research project they can multitask with technology get the best information effectively and easily. They can start their project be it a paper, presentation, etc and at the same time do the research that is needed. When we think of how technology can help learning and have an importance in a student centered classroom, just think of all the endless ways technology allows us to effectively teach a lesson, and have the student get the work done needed proficiently.
Bart, M. (2011, December 5). How Technology Can Improve Learner-Centered Teaching . Retrieved from Faculty Focus: http://www.facultyfocus.com/articles/instructional-design/how-technology-can-improve-learner-centered-teaching/
Hannafin, M. J., & Land, S. M. (1997). The foundations and assumptions of technology-enhanced student centered learning environments. Instructional Science, 25(3), 167–202. doi:10.1023/A:1002997414652
Krueger, N. (2014, March 29). 4 myths about student-centered learning. Retrieved from ISTE Connects Blog: http://blog.iste.org/myths-student-centered-learning/