The tech market and all it offers is on a track of consistent growth. The convenience and possibility this offers to every corner of life is on the rise and can’t be overstated. One corner that’s getting a lot of attention, education. From kindergarten to college graduation, the way learning and teaching is approached is evolving due to technological change.
The internet has changed a lot concerning learning and education – much of which is for the better. As an example, it’s opened up the aid students receive. They can connect with tutors around the world or even use an essay writing service. These services stand as a great method to help pupils get a grasp on the content they may not understand. The editing portion of these services provides help for users to improve their writing too.
Cloud-based systems aren’t necessarily new but their impact on education is growing. In the not too distant past, learners with projects due would need to use USB drives or depend on emails to turn things in. With cloud systems, file sharing is much easier between educators and pupils.
Even greater than this is affecting that front, though, this is affecting how individuals work with each other. With updates including collaborative editing and in-file chat systems, it makes things much easier. In particular, it’s helpful when collaboration isn’t necessarily possible in person. The abilities of these platforms will continue to grow to move into the future.
Technology for Classroom Participation
For a variety of reasons, student participation isn’t usually something a whole class does together. If a teacher asks a question, not everyone can feasibly raise their hand to give an answer.
Not only that, but students who have the answer might also be anxious to raise their hands in front of a room full of other people.
To include everyone in the discussion, many schools are investing in programs that will allow all students to get in on participation. Programs like TopHat or games like Kahoot allow teachers to ask a question and students to answer them. Most of these programs allow students to answer anonymously to the rest of the class.
At the same time, some allow educators to see who answered what. This relieves pupil’s anxiety in participating while still allowing those teaching to gauge performance. These types of programs are already seeing rather widespread use in colleges – especially in large lecture halls where individual participation is incredibly difficult.
VR and AR
When we think about virtual reality (VR), it’s often thought of in terms of entertainment. Fields like video game design are one of the first things that come to mind. However, VR also holds a place in academic environments. As an example, some educators have started using it, especially with younger children, to create low-cost and expansive “field trips.” This can even span beyond the realm of possibility. For instance, if a classroom has a lesson about ancient Rome, they could be placed in this period with VR systems. That ability to step beyond traditional limits to better the educational experience is one of the biggest ways that VR has transformed classrooms.
Augmented reality leans on projecting images generated by digitally into reality. This is beginning use in a few different ways. One example is showing detail during lessons about the human body through digitally showing them. Some teachers are using software such as this to replace activities that aren’t constructive to everyone such as the traditional frog dissections.
Laptops and Tablets
Computer classes have been in the works for a long time in education. However, beneath the college level, electronic devices have been frowned up during standard lessons. Now, technology such as laptops and tablets have become a more central part of learning. This is helped along by programs that lend out materials like Chromebooks to students.
These items are helpful both in and out of the classroom. In the classroom, it allows students and teachers to access a larger library of materials. They are no longer limited to what can be presented on a screen and copied down or printed off on a worksheet. They also allow students to manipulate what they’re looking at to make it easy for them to view such as zooming in.
Outside the classroom, this will allow students to access the information they wouldn’t otherwise be able to. Without help from schools, not every child is able to get online or work on a computer. With materials from the school, they can. This makes a big difference as assignments move online or as research without access to sources like databases becomes harder.
The biggest challenge to these programs is cost. This is particularly true in smaller schools with less funding. Luckily, companies like Google are recognizing this and working to make their devices more inexpensive and accessible to these institutions.
AI and Personalized Learning
If there’s one thing that has become clear throughout education history, it’s that one-size-fits-all teaching doesn’t work for everyone. As such, it’s important to take a more personalized approach to learn is important. When a teacher has a lot of students, this can get difficult. This is where AI and learning intersect.
AI programs can compile data such as performance on tests, apps, and management systems catered to learning. With this data, educators can make changes to their curriculum to make lessons more accessible and beneficial to a wider audience of students.
This is even more prevalent in online courses. Online courses allow AI to make changes as to how content presentation. Many e-textbooks and study aids also adjust their content depending on user performance as well. By adapting to performance, AI can make a standard study session leagues more effective.
Current innovation is changing the way everyone does everything – including learning. From AI to VR, the effects of forward movement are shaking up what the academic landscape can be. This shift has the potential to change many lives through the incorporation of the right resources. It’s important to take advantage of such changes to offer the best chance for the students of today and tomorrow.