Achieving Academic Success in an Increasingly Digital Classroom
Among teachers, students, teachers, and tutors, it is clear that there is a tremendous level of both excitement and apprehension over the role technology continues to play in shaping the manner in which students learn as well as the very nature of the classroom environments. Obviously, technological innovations offer endless possibilities for improving student learning outcomes and increasing educational accessibility, but the dizzying pace of technological change and the inherent unpredictability that accompanies such rapid change has unsurprisingly resulted in a sense of anxiety.
In the face of these technology-driven changes, it is only fair to wonder what can be done to overcome the challenges brought by change while emphasizing the excitement created by the potential improvements. In order to respond to this fair question, it is important to remember that achieving academic success in an increasingly digital classroom will still require current students to focus on the same qualities and skills relied on by previous generations.
Educators have demonstrated a keen awareness that incorporating new technologies in the classroom requires a deft touch to avoid overwhelming students who might be otherwise unfamiliar with the technology. Parents should offer further support by incorporating these technologies at home and in other educational settings, thereby ensuring the student quickly becomes familiar with the technology while also allowing members of the student’s support system to offer their continued assistance uninhibited by technological change.
In many cases, academic success is directly related to one’s attitude toward technological advance as well as one’s willingness to accept and adapt to a changing academic environment. It is entirely natural for a student to be initially resistant to change — just as it is natural for anyone to resist any type of sweeping change — but whether the student ultimately accepts these changes underscores the vital role played by educators and parents in fostering a student’s willingness to accept and adapt to these changes as they occur.
Students are remarkably perceptive and thus are able to pick up on even the subtlest expression of resistance to change. Parents, teachers, and tutors must therefore express a genuine belief in the value of any technologies they incorporate into the student’s learning experience while also being prepared to explain the full range of benefits made possible through the incorporation of a newly developed technology. This will go a long way toward the achievement of academic success amid constant changes within the increasingly digital classroom, as students will recognize the thoughtful analysis that led to the decision to incorporate a technology designed to enhance student learning above all else.
At the Groza Learning Center, we have made a commitment to helping our students continue to develop the specific skills and qualities that consistently yield academic success while also helping to familiarize students with the changing realities of an increasingly digital classroom. As one Pacific Palisades tutor likes to frequently point out, the skills and qualities that yield academic success are truly timeless; it’s simply a matter of adapting those skills and qualities to a specific time and place.