While there is a lot of uncertainty in the world, one thing for sure is technology is and will remain a constant in our lives. Many people think of technology as a disadvantage to our development, and while there might be many reasons for disfavoring it, there are also many ways it can benefit you as a student. Let’s highlight a few of them below:
Helps organize your time
With so many assignments, essays, test dates, and extracurricular activities, it can be easy to forget what you have to get done. You could use an agenda to write down your schedule or you might benefit from using a web-based application like Google Calendar. It’s a great way to input your class times, study blocks, sports games, volunteering, or even house chores. I use both physical and digital agendas in my personal and professional life, and I cannot live without them as they keep me organized and focused on my goals.
Helps you stay focused
To stay focused, a great concept to follow is called, The Pomodoro Technique. This process involves a timer that you set for 25 minutes. This time allows you to focus on the task at hand rather than making you feel like you have days to get it done. This can help students who procrastinate often. To follow this method, set a timer. Make as much progress as you can in 25 minutes, and once the timer ends, put a checkmark on a piece of paper. Take a short 3-5 minute break, then resume the process once your break is over. Once you successfully complete four rounds, you can take a longer break of 20-30 minutes. This process can help improve your focus and utilize your time efficiently.
Expands your learning
As a lot of students are now getting used to remote learning, teachers are finding better ways to keep their students engaged. Technology can help expand learning methods and materials in many ways. For a long time, many students learned through textbooks, in-person classes or lectures, and assignment worksheets. Nowadays, you can find PDFs of textbooks online, and you can learn new materials from your teachers or professors over Skype or Zoom. The latter method gives way to innovative technology through interactive apps, computers, computerized testing, and videos. This is a sure-fire way to keep you engaged virtually.
Keeps you engaged
With technology being so prevalent, especially this year, many of you might find yourself using it for practically everything. Teachers are finding ways to make sure they are engaging their students effectively, and they’re doing this by adapting their lesson plans to be more interesting and relevant using technology. Additionally, learning online in smaller groups allows for smoother discussions and aids in collaboration, which will require your full attention and active participation.
Increases your productivity
The link to technology and productivity is often disagreed upon. However, I believe technology use while learning is a great idea. We are in a society that uses technology to get things done, so teachers understand that doing so will not only keep students engaged but also make learning more efficient. Engaging with the content online and answering multiple-choice questions via an app or other software means your productivity is going to increase dramatically.
These are some ways technology can be fruitful in your lives, especially if you’re a student. By utilizing a calendar, you will be on top of your schedules and what needs to be done in the days or weeks ahead. Setting timelines in advance will also make you aware of how much time you need for every task that needs to be completed. As a result, your productivity will increase and you will be more determined to do well in school. Believe it or not, using technology in the classroom requires participation and engagement, which means there will be less distractions during class.
Cirillo Consulting (2020). Accessed on September 29th via https://francescocirillo.com/pages/pomodoro-technique