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What is Technology Enhanced Learning, and why is it important?

Emma Cullen10 of September, 2018

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The term Technology-enhanced learning (TEL) is used to describe the application of technology to teaching and learning. It is a broad category that isn’t particularly defined, but it is transforming education and educational institutions beyond recognition. Therefore it is impossible to be ignored! Let’s explore what TEL is, and why is it important for educators?

What is Technology-Enhanced Learning(TEL)?

The term Technology-enhanced learning (TEL) is used to describe the application of technology to teaching and learning. It is a broad category that isn’t particularly defined, but, in short, TEL is any technology that enhances the learning experience. The term can be used to describe both analogue and digital technologies, but more recently, we see that digital TEL is taking over education in the form of different types of educational software. TEL is transforming and enhancing education and educational institutions beyond recognition. Therefore, it is impossible to be ignored! Let’s explore why TEL is important for educators.

Why is TEL important?

Technology-Enhanced Learning (TEL) is important for many reasons. It is not only important because it is the standard of education that is expected today, but it can also improve education. This section explores TEL’s importance in more detail.

Kids can learn at their own pace

We know that kids learn at their own pace, and sometimes the traditional classroom makes it difficult to do so. Technology in education enables children to adjust to their own pace of learning. Students who need extra time can spend more time going over exercises until they understand, whilst students who need less support can continue ahead. It also frees up the teacher to help kids who need more support on an individual level.

More resources

With TEL, educators are no longer limited to the textbooks that their institutions provide. By using other resources such as video, audio and interactive learning, students have many different ways to learn. Teachers can find creative ways to teach their students in an engaging way. Technology has changed the learning environment so that learning is more hands-on.

Technology keeps kids engaged

Children often struggle to stay on task or interested, particularly if it is not interactive. TEL can make even the most mundane school tasks more engaging, which will help your students to stay focused.

Technology is necessary to succeed in the real world

The reality is that it is almost impossible to survive the working world without technology. Therefore it is better if children learn how to use tech sooner rather than later. Arguably, being computer literate is more important than some of the more traditional skills that are taught in schools.

Ready to get started with TEL?

If you are ready to start exploring a new TEL solution, you can get started with Mentimeter for free. Mentimeter is the perfect solution for making lessons more fun and interactive. Learn more or create your free account.

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Posted by Emma Cullen10 of September, 2018
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