How New Technologies Changed the Education System

Mar 26, 2019 by

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Ever since students worldwide have started disrupting the lectures with excessive use of their mobile phones, technology in the classroom has been in grave danger of being labeled as nothing but a nuisance. Fortunately, with new development came new, more constructive opportunities for both teachers and students. A whole new dimension was added to the learning and teaching experience, and the embracing of technology has facilitated education on so many levels.

Digital transformation has brought about drastic changes in classroom instructions, assessments as well as the physical make-up of the actual learning facility. Collaborative and interactive learning is undoubtedly the way to go in order to achieve efficiency and expand knowledge and experience. Classroom aids such as the whiteboard or the lack of digitalized textbooks and content have become old-fashioned since outside the classroom, students are using available technology to the fullest in order to save time and acquire more information, which makes non-digital equipment too slow and too boring for them. In order to bridge this gap, the classroom needs to step up.

Smartboards and smartdesks to the rescue

Times of endless copying from the board while sitting at an ordinary desk are long gone. Today’s students long for engagement, interactive content and hands-on learning, and smartboards and smartdesks are here to oblige. Instead of just reading a text, they go on virtual trips to the past, present and future while creating media instead of just looking at it. Learning spaces are no longer limited to the classroom either. Many colleges and universities have made informal classrooms, which promote creativity and collaboration round-the-clock.

Blended learning 

This is a mixed influence of technology and direct instructions from the teacher. It leaves room for mobility and self-study, allowing students to move through the material at their own pace and learn by doing research through a variety of mediums. On the other hand, the teacher is there to provide motivation and feedback, to establish a productive relationship with the student and enforce discipline.

Cloud computing

Cloud computing enables access to teaching material anytime, anywhere and from any device with internet connectivity. It also saves schools vast amounts of money that would otherwise be spent on support, hardware, licenses and the like, bringing them into the 21st century.

The real world in the classroom

The classroom curriculum can be improved by the use of the internet, too. Students can research real issues happening in the world and relate them to what they are studying at that moment. This helps them gain a better perspective and feel less detached from the issues in question since it will help them understand that the lesson connects to real events and real people.

Taking online courses

One might think that online courses are aimed only at students yet to acquire their qualifications. While this is true to a certain extent, students are not the only ones who can benefit from such a learning experience. It is very common for teachers to opt for an online course, or several for that matter. They might need an additional certificate, and often in a very specific area such as a Support Assistant for kids with special needs. Not only will the course enable advancement in their careers, but it will also provide flexibility, lower costs, a more comfortable learning environment as well as the luxury of saving time while not having to commute.

Play to learn

It has always been a challenge to teach demanding subject matter in an efficient way. Playing educational games facilitates the learning process while making it more exciting and interactive. Problem-solving and visual aspects enable students to find creative solutions to problems and memorize facts more easily. Technology today strives towards enhancing these kinds of games in every discipline possible.

Simulation and modeling

Witnessing phenomena such as planetary movements, development of a tornado or the life and behavior of different species either extinct, not easily accessible or invisible to the naked eye, would never be possible if it weren’t for simulation tools. Modeling software allows students to see dynamic features of models instead of static ones, giving them a better insight into the mechanics of the item in question.

Discussion and debate

The internet gives students cyberspace for collaboration and evaluation. By interacting with their peers all over the world, they have access to different opinions and perspectives, improving their own way of thinking in the process. Furthermore, they can contact their teachers in order to receive feedback and clarify certain issues.

If used appropriately, technology in the classroom is far from threatening. It will evoke passion and trigger active engagement with the curriculum. Introducing students to new concepts is at the core of teaching, and now it can be done in so many creative and innovative ways. Thinking outside the box has never been easier.

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