3 Reasons to Incorporate Technology Into Your STEM Studies

If you take a moment to look around, you may soon realize that technology is at your fingertips nearly every minute of every day. As a result, there are many ways in which you can use it for more than social purposes, including incorporating it into your learning time. In the STEM realm, technology can improve how concepts and skills are absorbed, from elementary and middle school lessons, to high school, college, and graduate courses. Incorporating technology into your STEM studies can elevate your personalized experience with learning, connect you with others in the STEM field, and introduce you to unique tools. Here is how you can utilize technology to further your STEM studies:

1. Incorporating technology into your STEM studies enhances the personalized education experience

One advantage of educational technology is its ability to enable students to learn in a manner that best suits them. Students can explore new concepts at their own pace, often from a desktop computer or a mobile device like a smartphone. They can also refine existing STEM skills. Instant Tutoring, for instance, allows students to connect with a knowledgeable tutor in as little as 15 seconds. It is also available in all middle and high school STEM subjects.

With technology like Instant Tutoring, students can learn STEM concepts in a way that matches their particular learning style. If, for example, you prefer to visually absorb information, Instant Tutoring’s interactive whiteboard could assist you in gaining a better grasp of the material. If you fall into more than one of these learning styles, technology allows you to easily incorporate multiple techniques.

2. Incorporating technology into your STEM studies connects you with your peers and teachers

Certain tools, including some apps and websites, connect you with like-minded students and educators. For instance, perhaps your biology professor creates an online group so you can collaborate with other STEM students at your university. This can provide you with the opportunity to learn what areas of STEM other students are interested in, and that may broaden your outlook on the related topics. It can also provide you with a great place to ask questions or to offer guidance.

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3. Incorporating technology into your STEM studies provides unique learning experiences

The STEM field has a plethora of resources that can enhance a student’s experience with the concepts he or she is learning. Consider these STEM tools, which support a student’s learning while providing unique experiences:

  • 3D printers, which give students the ability to use technology when prototyping projects

  • Virtual reality, which allows students to be immersed in virtual lessons that illustrate STEM concepts

  • Virtual laboratories, which permit students to simulate, practice, and further understand various STEM experiments.

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Technology can further a student’s education by providing a variety of personalized learning experiences. The best part? Advances in technology in the coming years will only provide students with more opportunities to practice their learning in hands-on, individualized ways.

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