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Trends in Today’s Classroom Hardware

Technology advances are forever changing the face of the modern classroom. Instructional Technology Specialists design coursework that incorporates these advances, such as: tablets, document cameras, and remote computing software. More and more school systems now utilize different technology options to better engage students. There are a variety of different options for Directors of Academic Technology Services and others in charge of making technology purchasing decisions to choose from. Different trends come with different ecosystems, price points, and functionality profiles, making choosing the right package a challenge.

Measuring the Trends
Spending on technology is up, rising to almost $20 billion in the 2010-11 school year, and more than half of those dollars go directly into hardware purchases. The dream of pairing every student with a laptop may be a ways off for today’s shrinking school budget, but putting a tablet with every student is a realizable dream. The more personalized learning experience combined with the assistance of tablets, better display options, and increased computing control is expected to vastly improve student retention. The trend toward more personalized, user-friendly, mobile devices has opened up many learning avenues for careers as a Media Specialist or Technology Integration Specialist.

What are the Technology Options?
Tablet computing enables a new level of interactivity in the classroom. Students work their way through data using a multimedia platform, enjoying audiovisual productions at their own pace with easy performance tracking. The addition of a document camera makes old overhead projectors obsolete. Where once instructors displayed a flat image of an existing document, now instructors can project full 3-D imagery. A teacher can perform a dissection so that all students can see every detail. When dealing with 3-D figures like cones and pyramids, or complex drafting processes, professors have the opportunity to show students a lifelike display. With remote computing software, an instructor can ensure every student remains on task by controlling computer access. Whether using tablets, desktop PCs or laptops in the classroom, a professor can now take control of the desktop remotely and take students directly to the desired pages. More control, better display options and increasingly engaging communication methods make classrooms more effective for learning than ever.

Get on the Forefront of Technology Integration in the Classroom
Earning a Master's in Instructional Technology gives educators the skills they need to assess different hardware and software options for learning potential. They can then take steps to integrate technology into the learning environment. A Director of Information Technology often makes the decisions about what to adopt and how to roll out a new program. Saint Joseph's University Master of Science in Instructional Technology provides the education needed to transition into a leadership role with technology integration.

Contact us today to discuss the different enrollment options. Flexible class schedules, online learning opportunities and a hands-on approach give students an excellent foundation for transitioning knowledge into practical application in the workplace.