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Technology In The Classroom – For Better Learning!

Almost everyone around the world is exposed with what the advancement of technology and science has offered this generation. Children who are under aged and old people that seem to forget a lot of stuff are using different kinds of gadgets for their past time. Although there have been a lot of serious talks about exposure to radiation, electrical and possibly poisonous metal, the majority of the population believe in what technology can do and change for the better.

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Using Technology For Education

Admit it! Going to school is, most of the time, boring; especially in gloomy days wherein the universe is telling you to stay in bed and procrastinate. However, when your teacher introduces you to new and exciting things like watching a movie that is related to your lesson or encouraging you to bring your laptops for better visualization of your topics then you’d feel more cheerful because you know that you’ll actually be seeing things in motion and not just words in the huge blackboard. When technology in the classroom is introduced, students learn thoroughly because they can understand audibly and visually what the teacher is emphasizing.

Visual Materials

Visual is something to do with the eyes. As an example of technology in the classroom, TV or television, you are entertained by what you see. What you have constantly imagined for years are now pictured out in a wide black box that associates light fractions into visible shapes, sizes and color. In the previous decades, projectors were used by teachers; although this is still considered as technology, the output is so old school.

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Laptops, desk tops, smartphones, tablets and iPads are now popularly used too and are also considered as technology in the classroom. These are gadgets that are individually used and can establish better research and visual for the student although smartphones are highly discouraged because its main purpose is socializing and or texting which are a distraction.

Cuddling with multiple devices

Audio Materials

Technology in the classroom doesn’t necessarily mean seeing or visualizing only. Radios, cassettes, speakers and other audio devices used for conveying voice lessons or messages are also good materials to stir up the interest of the student and encourage them to imagine. When audios are used there are two things that are being focused on – imagination and listening skills.

This kind of technology in the classroom teaches students to widen their perception of the world and make something out of the lines or verses that they hear in the audio files. Moreover, listening skills are as important as visual understanding because one can never comprehend something without listening to the tone of the voice or the stresses that the author is using.

No matter what kind of technology in the classroom is introduced to the students, it is highly recommended to watch out for abusive use. Yes, there are advantages in using advanced gadgets inside the school but this can also lead to other unpleasant characters of a student such as laziness and inability to think complexly.

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Glossary:

advancement of – development of

serious talks – insightful discussions

gloomy days – low-spirited days

things in motion – action

wide black box – television

How to Learn English

The way to gauge your speed of understanding English

In our previous post, we recommended for you to practice reading English as much as possible in order to improve your English speaking and reading abilities (See our post about Why Reading is so important in improving your English speaking). In fact, reading English aloud is one of the best ways to rapidly advance your ability to understand English.

In this perspective, do you also wonder how fast your progress is in understanding English? The best way to do this is to see how much you can understand while English native speakers read something at different speeds. This is not always practical though.

Many English experts recommend to measure the speed of understanding by gauging your reading speed. If your reading speed is getting fast enough, then your understanding process, which works in the same way as with reading, is naturally improving. In other words, the speed of understanding English by listening is proportional to understanding English by reading fast.

Let’s try to measure your reading speed. Read one or two pages of one of your English books and measure the time it takes you to finish one or two pages. Count every word including articles (like “a” and “the”), numbers and people’s names. If you read 500 words in 10 minutes, then your reading speed is 50 words per minute or wpm. wpm is a standard term which is widely accepted as a reading speed index.

If someone reads without understanding, it can be meaningless. So people sometimes use another measurement tool, ‘ewpm’, or efficient words per minute. To measure this, a person needs to answer several questions about what he read. In the above case, if he answered 80% correctly to the questions, then his ewpm is 50wpm * 80% = 40 ewpm.

How fast do you need to understand English? You need 150 wpm to understand English news and documentaries and 200 wpm for English movies, though there are some exceptions to those rules depending on specific situations. The average speed of American people is usually around 200 wpm. Some people having high educational background can read at 400 wpm while very few people, less than 1% of the US population can read at 1,000 wpm.