With the help of technology a standard lesson becomes extraordinary. Learning becomes more pleasant and has a long effect both to teacher and students.
Fortunately there have been variety great programs/apps, etc which could use in just one click of a finger. A creative/resourceful teacher could connect with other teachers from all around the world and teaching/learning becomes global, authentic and real. BUT, there are two sides to look into...
1. Interesting lessons can be had
Using powerpoint slide presentations, video or audio could add variety in delivering a lesson. Students are more receptive when taking day's lesson, more active during activities, and have longer retention of learning. In short, more fun and ways can be had through technology in the classroom.
2. Important teaching tool
Presenting them a video of a process, procedure or what could help teacher do other important thing, such as planning the next lesson, grading submitted task, constructing test questions, etc.
3. Individualized or differentiated lessons can be had
A classroom is composed of different kinds of learners--slow, moderate and fast--therefore, a creative teacher is obliged to create learning stations meant for different students. And, one important tool is a desktop or laptop in a corner for viewing, researching, downloading/uploading files, among others. While the rest are busy learning the lessons through a video presentation, others are busy playing manipulative, hurdling test-- for advance students, doing remedial instructions for challenged readers or non-numerates.
However, no matter how advantageous computers in the classroom are, still there are downsides to incorporating them in the lesson, so take note of these:
1. Skills in navigating, etc. should be taught
It's a prerequisite for students to have skills in booting up/shutting down, using cursor, creating slides, connect a printer, among others. Sans these skills would be frustrating for a student to enjoy learning, and teachers to enjoy teaching.
2. Limited time in using a video and other media
Unless the whole video lasts only 1 or 2 minutes, it should not eat up the whole hour of the lesson. Technology isn't meant to replace engagement time or what, but meant to augment learning interest, emphasize a point, show process/places, to mention a few.
There you go.
You may add your own wisdom regarding advantages and disadvantages of using computers in the classroom. Whatever the experiences you've had, what matters most -- the journey had become fun and meaningful, both for students and teacher alike. [Ref: http://bit.ly/2q5TDjd]