Technology has been incorporated in schools and Universities with the way the administration is managed. In today’s world, you cannot escape technology even if you wanted to. It is so deeply entrenched now in the way we and the institutes function. So why not educate students with the use of it if they are going to need to for the rest of their lives. From manufacturing to healthcare, technology is used worldwide to operate, and it does allow the functioning to be effective and efficient. Here are a few ways technology can be useful in educating students:
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Many schools have adopted a method of replacing the classic board-and-chalk with digital screens and e-pens. Now the teachers can educate children with the use of computer technology that allows them to break down the concepts and make learning interesting and fun for the students. It allows the teachers and students to interact better than they did before and make for a much more efficient way of teaching.
2. Tablets and phones-
You will find children as young as 7 year-olds using smartphones and technological devices with much ease. We are seeing a generation that will be much more adept at technology than we are. They were born to the generation when technology was already advanced and will keep on developing. I suggest students be given tablets in classes like many forward-thinking Universities and schools already do. It makes for an easier way to learn, take tests, give feedback, and allow the teacher to know the progress of each student. In the current way we are taught, there is no method to know the learning progress of each student; only assignments and examinations allow the teacher to see how each one is faring, with technological use the teacher would be able to know how each student is doing in the class and the points where they have to focus more.
3. Technological Misuse-
We read and hear all about the way technology is being misused and harm the privacy and safety of people. If we were to prepare the students with the technological no-no and teach them how to use technology correctly and responsibly, we will be imparting good citizenship skills in them. We all know about online bullying and privacy attacks; teaching students will prepare them to save themselves from doing anything that will harm their mental state and do anything that would be self-destructive.
4. Web-conferencing and podcasts-
In many universities, the faculty provides podcasts of each class to enrolled students so that the students can listen to it if they have missed a class. Also, many student groups take initiative to provide videos of the class for other students. With advancing technology, there is no limit to how far we can go with integrating education and technology. Web-conferencing softwares have allowed universities to take classes from foreign speakers and teachers using video conferencing and learn from different experts. It just wasn’t possible in a previous time but now it helps students to learn from international experts.
5. Virtual Reality-
Imagine you are taking a class in history, the teacher provides you with an Oculus and starts the lesson. Imagine seeing maps, artifacts, images of leaders, and an in-depth view of the people or event you are studying about; imagine the teacher walks you through it, image by image. Doesn’t it make for better learning that cramming up from books? I will answer, it sure does. Video is more informative than talking about stuff and providing virtual reality images for learning is a much better way to teach students about anything.
6. Social connections-
Facebook, Twitter, and all the social media platforms have made for a virtual socially connecting platform. Studies show that spending more time on social media can make children more prone to depression and anxiety. We have replaced real one-to-one meetings with the connections on social media; that has resulted more in urban loneliness and depression than actually making it much easier to connect. We need to teach the children about what is actually important in life and make our children not susceptible to depression by allowing them unlimited use of technology. This can only be done if we take the role of technology seriously and take it up on ourselves to teach children in school and students in universities about the pros-and-cons of technological use.
7. Digital games-
A study showed that students were provided with digital games and asked to play to give them a better understanding of the concept to be taught. In a finance class, students were asked to take up the role of stock traders and a digital game was given to them to play in that scenario. In one political science class, students were asked to take up polls and tweet their responses on a single page; this led them to a greater understanding of use of applications to promote engagement. Even police cadets are given virtual scenarios using technology to help them learn decision-making and take up responsibility.
8. Helping with examinations and assignments-
There are tons of e-learning apps that you could download to help you learn better a concept. There is Internet Archive to find out any number of books you want, Khan Academy to help you learn any school-level concept in a clear and educational video, Edx to take up any number of courses online if you have the time and determination, and Paperdoers to help you with any assignment or examination. There are also older applications like Evernote which allow you to take down notes and scribbles to read later. Websites and applications have come up like mushrooms making it easier for the students to ask for help and get those grades which they so want.