A good education is crucial to nurturing talent and making a better future. However, we have seen that classrooms still look and feel the same from twenty years ago save for the new whiteboards and students having their computers with them. Technology has changed the way people view things and the way students learn.
Presently, children have been exposed to technology from a tender age. They have used these technological advancements to learn about the world around them. Consequently, a child understands better when using new technologies to explain concepts than they would when being taught off a whiteboard and textbook alone. Since technology is an integral part of our lives today, we should also embrace technology when it comes to education or else we risk being left behind as the rest of the world embraces it. Here are some of the technologies that are changing education and will continue to have a significant impact in the future.
Better models and simulations
Explaining new concepts to students is always hard since they are new territories. For example, when teaching students how vibrations make sound, a pitchfork has been used for ages. Not that it’s a bad analogy, but we can definitely do better. Thus, enters digital simulations and models. These models help teachers explain concepts that are too big or small or even dangerous without putting anyone at risk. Topics such as hazardous chemicals, how molecules behave in different situations aid the student to open their minds and helps in the retention of content learned.
As much as the school is the teacher’s and student’s turf, parents are also important to their children’s school activities. The only time parents have exposure to how their kids are doing in school is during the dreaded parent-teacher meetings which are only done annually. However, student information systems are needed more than ever to keep up with the child’s progress in school. These systems allow parents to have access to their children’s information such as attendance records, the student’s results, disciplinary records and even the student’s timetable. These help the parent to stay informed in case there is a situation.
Using the cloud
Cloud technology has been with us for a while now; businesses and tech industries have embraced it wholeheartedly. The latest entrant here is the education sector. Cloud technology is revolutionizing the way education is taking place in our classrooms. Lecturers, teachers, and students are increasingly using the cloud to upload, edit and share documents. Students can also use the cloud to access notes, assignments and research resources online from any device of their choosing. They can now work on their essays from anywhere and store it on the same cloud. By embracing such technology, you pave the way for more project-based work which is more hands-on and helps students better understand concepts.
Education today is going further than the classrooms. Massive open online courses (MOOCs) are continuing to grow, and the number of institutions participating in them has increased tenfold. MOOCs are offering high-quality courses online and even giving badges for them. The challenge coming with it is the lack of providing recognized degrees that can get you a job. However, companies such as Cousera are charging a fee for having results verified which gives these new digital credentials validity. What’s more, you can take these courses from any geographical location, which offers a degree of flexibility that attending a physical class doesn’t.
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