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Use of Digital Tools in Classrooms
A recent survey in which American middle and high school teachers were surveyed has shown that most teachers strongly believe that digital tools can promote learning. The survey clearly expressed an almost unanimous viewpoint that digital tools can positively impact children's learning and school performance in many ways.
A whopping 78% of the teachers surveyed believe that digital tools, be it smartphones, social media, or the Internet in general, actually contribute to a child's ability for self-expression and promote creativity in every child.
With only a few exceptions, the majority of teachers surveyed also confirmed that digital tools help students share their personal work to a wider audience outside the classroom, which often will further encourage their engagement with learning.
8 out of 10 teachers also expressed their confidence that digital tools such as the Internet and mobile devices help children collaborate and produce even more outstanding learning outcomes.
These teachers are confident that digital tools actually contribute to a bigger student investment in learning, both because of receiving encouraging feedback from classmates and the wider online social audience, and because of their work's exposure to a larger audience.
The survey was geographically and demographically diverse, and therefore reflects an accurate image of what US teachers believe about digital tools and their impact on student performance.
Should more schools incorporate digital tools in classrooms, it's expected that positive results will occur. Students will be more willing to share their creative work with peers and feel encouraged to invest more time and energy in expanding their knowledge.
However, in order to get the most benefit from this aspect of learning, it's a prerequisite that children must be competent in basic technology skills such as touch typing to ensure they can make the most out of digital tools usage. To make sure no student is staying behind, education initiatives are necessary so that children acquire fundamental technology skills in order to reap the full benefits of using digital tools in the classroom.
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