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October 14, 2020

Griffin Poutre Explains How Technology Has Impacted Student Education

With so many smartphones, tablets, and laptops, students are not short of tools to use technology to improve their educational experience. One cannot imagine life without technology where the answer to any question is only a few clicks away. It’s easy to see how technology has made education more available, fun, and accessible to students of all ages.

Griffin Poutre of Newmarket, New Hampshire, is a senior student at the University of New Hampshire in Durham, where he studies Political Science. As president of his class during his junior year, he oversaw fundraising and the procurement of donations for his class activities. He was also active in Track & Field and the EHS Swimming & Diving team, where he won the school’s first-ever state title in 2013. With a passion for politics, he has been involved and invested in the U.S. political system, having assisted in many congressional, senate, and presidential campaigns in his home state of New Hampshire.

Simulated Experiences

From his experience at school, Griffin Poutre has always found traditional textbooks lacking both in research and interactivity. A book, no matter how large and packed with information, is still limited. If you have a question and the answer isn’t in the book, then you have to look elsewhere for more information. However, unlimited information is not all that technology has to offer. Another important feature is the simulated experiences.

From the comfort and safety of the classroom, the teacher can take the students on virtual tours to anywhere in the world. Science experiments, geographical explorations, and art excursions are all possible virtually without going through the hassle of planning, scheduling, and paying for field trips.

More Opportunities

Another issue that traditional educational methodologies had to grapple with was the individual differences between students. As every teacher knows, when it comes to education, there’s no one size fits all approach. Technology can and is now being used to enhance the educational experience in fields as diverse as formative assessments, flipped learning, experiential learning, and personalized development. In the class, the teacher uses technology to supplement the curriculum and enrich the lectures with content related to the subjects they teach. Students enlist the help of technology to increase their productivity and get more out of the interactive tools at their disposal.

Griffin Poutre on Better Communication

Contrary to popular belief, technology has helped people communicate more, not less. According to Griffin Poutre, technology is an integral part of the social lives of millions of people of all ages. “But for students,” he elaborates, “it plays a large role in helping them practice communicating with each other and interacting with the world around them.” The personal angle of these interactions is crucial for developing the social skills of students.

However, communication here is not limited to chatting or getting to know other people from around the world. It also involves collaborating on school projects and assignments outside school. The scope of this interaction expands their horizons, builds the spirit of teamwork, and prepares them for their lives as adults.  

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