in Middle Schools
Technology within last few years has become such an integral
part of everybody's life that everyone has to keep pace with.
That is why if the learning of technology can be done at an earlier
stage of life, it will help the children to become more active
and will make their future bright. Incorporating technology in
middle schools can therefore help in this regard.
Application of technology is easier
in middle or junior high schools as compared to high schools.
The reason is that students in high school are already under
a paramount pressure with keeping future exams in mind while the
children in middle schools are willing to accept the newer resources
of technology both as source of knowledge and for fun as well.
Thus it is very important that while introducing technology in
middle schools, one should combine experimental learning with
the student's interests. One definite advantage of teaching tech
is that because understanding the technology requires active participation,
it can be very motivating for the students. One thing that needs
to be taken into account at this age is that a child's mind is
not as focused as at a higher age and so keep the lessons relevant
and interactive so as to keep them attentive.
New technology is so much in vogue that we just cannot imagine
a person doing well in his work without being tech savvy in any
field. At least basic knowledge is must. So if a child is taught
about the basics of technology in his early ages such as the computer
and cell phone then they will be able to compete in the marketplace
For competence in computer learning in middle schools one should
judiciously learn keyboard typing. In schools more emphasis should
be given on keyboard typing (Mavis Beacon anyone?) rather than
using the software in PC to obtain the information. Once a child
becomes familiar with the basics of the computer and typing then
they need to be taught about various software like Microsoft Office
The use of technology in middle schools can minimize the usage
of paper. Nowadays assignments and notes can be made and maintained
on laptops and iPods which also gives easy access to studies to
whichever place a child goes. Unfortunately, wealthier school
districts will have an advantage over less wealthy districts but
this disparity is for another discussion.
The use of technology in middle schools will enable the students
to gain mastery in no time because of the short learning curve
for young minds. Not only will the use of technology make the
students familiar with software but they will also get to know
more about databases because presentations are always shown and
made using some database.
An important feature of the technology that must be maintained
while learning should be interactivity with the user. In this
way the children can learn quickly and in a way that will train
them for the future workforce. Thus incorporating technology in
middle schools will not only produce managers but all different
levels of employees. Technology will develop the skills and mental
ability of the child and keeps them motivated and this is the
whole point of learning, now isn't it?