Technology has not just taken over entertainment sites like www.direct.tv and many more, it is also very popular in education. Education technology has brought classrooms into the 21st century in ways that could not have been imagined. The use of “smart boards” has taken the place of some whiteboards; if those are still used, they can actually serve as the “screen” for the display from computers in the classroom, making it unnecessary to have to use a “pull-down” screen.
What Other Advances Are There?
Back in the late 50s and early 60s, the use of intercom systems to allow homebound children to interact with regular classrooms was introduced. It was a good idea for its time, but had one drawback—the children couldn’t see each other. Today, thanks to video technology in the classroom, children who cannot enter into the regular classroom setting can still interact with teachers and students. This same technology can even take the classroom into another classroom in a different state or country. You can find out more about using video and web technology for these purposes on bcet.org.
Many schools are beginning to supply their students with portable computers. For some schools, this is still being done on a trial basis; other schools have implemented them completely. The hardware and software required to keep these computers up to date can be easily obtained by the schools; bcet.org can help educators and administrators find the programs they need for their particular organizations.
Special education classes can now take advantage of technology. Interactive programs can help teachers communicate easier with students. These programs can also give special education students a feeling of accomplishment, as they see the results of their work instantly. You can find programs for special education on bcet.org.