Affordances of technology, as they pertain to education, are the ways in which technology supports learning or the ability of students to learn.

Technology can support learning by giving teachers new means to differentiate activities for learners. Teachers can use WebQuests, Flipped Classrooms, and other types of technology to provide learners with the instruction they need.

Flipped Classrooms

Technology also provides new means of communication between stakeholders, such as teacher to teacher, teacher to parent, teacher to student, and teacher to administrator. Teachers can text homework assignments for the day to all parents, email grades to stakeholders, and use digital calendars to track appointments with stakeholders.

One affordance of technology that affects the ability of students to learn is technology for the blind, vision-impaired, and reading disabled. Text-to-speech converters help students with these impairments work at their own pace, rather than the pace of an aide or a teacher reading to them.

There are many affordances of technology. They can enhance learning in and out of the classroom. What they help students accomplish depends on the ways the teacher and the students use the technology. See more about affordances of technology.