There was a time when the latest tools of education technology consisted of a well-used primer, squeaky slate blackboard, some chalk, and a sturdy ruler kept ever ready to rap the knuckles of any student whose thoughts seemed to be drifting away from his or her studies. Many students of this era remember the ruler the most.
Times have changed, though. The tools of education technology today hardly resemble those tools of yesteryear and that age-old use of the ruler has been pretty much outlawed in school districts across the country.
Instead, today’s tools of education technology are a lot more engaging and interactive. They are often designed in such a way that they can be tailored or adjusted to meet the needs of students at all skill levels.
One very clear example of the versatility of today’s education technology is the computer. Students from elementary through graduate schools use the computer to enhance the learning experience they need, regardless of which grade they are in and which subjects they are pursuing.
Computers are such a versatile form of education technology that they are not relegated to the computer programming classrooms alone. Students in every discipline can usually find a way to enhance their learning experiences with the use of a computer.
When used as language arts education technology, computers help students learn new languages in scholarly format or by playing games. They can reproduce the authentic sounds and pronunciations of a language and compare the student’s voice to that of a native speaker of the language.
As education technology, computers are great learning music, too. In fact, so effective is computer technology for teaching music that many toys designed for toddlers incorporates computer technologies.
Many aspects of the education process still rely on learning by rote but today’s education technology makes even that dull drill work a little more lively and a lot less intimidating. Especially now that the threat of the almighty ruler of rapped knuckles has become a thing of the past.