Five reasons today’s students NEED technology in the classroom
17 January 2018
Debbie Zaman, MD, Withpr
At the annual BETT Show at the end of this month, educationalists will be gathering to explore the latest developments and innovations in edtech. Technology at large affects how we live, work, play and, most importantly, learn. This is why introducing it to students at an early age is critical. It helps build cooperation, interaction and teamwork, while also aiding development and participation as students become more inclined to learn in a stimulating and fun environment.
In fact, technology is redefining the parameters of education across the board. But, how is this actually translating to the classroom? How are the new, innovative technologically-based products actually helping to develop responsible and successful citizens of tomorrow?
1. Access to the real world: From Stonehenge to the Tower of London, technology allows educators to remove the physical barriers of the classroom, offering students a way to connect curriculum with the real world. It was recently announced that Yale’s Center for Health & Learning Games will establish a new lab, play4REAL. The goal of this innovative lab is to develop and test VR games for health education and behavioural intervention in youth and young adults.
2. Transforms the learning experience: Students have access to an incredible amount of new opportunities. From learning how to code to better collaboration across teams and with their teachers, technology platforms like ClassLink empower students to be more creative and be better connected. Last October, Leeds College was awarded Google Reference College status, meaning it is not only recognised as a technology innovator, but allows access to the G Suite for Education, giving its students access to over 3,000 Chromebooks.
3. Prepares students for work: To thrive in the workplace, students need to have more than a working knowledge of technological tools. By integrating this into the curriculum, schools are equipping children with skills that will take them much further than any exam. As it is, a recent report from the Royal Society has found more than half of England’s secondary schools, 54%, did not offer GCSE computer science in 2015-16. The biggest issue? A lack of skilled teachers.
4. Supports different learning types: No two students learn the same way, but with technology educators can address diversity in learning styles. For example, a social feedback tool like Kanda.care can help instructors identify student needs based on real-time feedback while ClearTouch’s interactive displays help teachers address multiple learning styles through individualised instruction, without having to spend hours planning and prepping.
5. Access to Information: Search engines and e-books are replacing traditional textbooks, with sophisticated search engines making it easier to find information quickly and accurately. Instead of personal tutors, students can get one-on-one help through educational videos – anytime and anywhere. Livit Studios recently launched a Kickstarter campaign to create a children’s book series blending written educational content with interactive AR technology to get children more absorbed in the learning process.
These examples are just the tip of the iceberg. From e-learning platforms like Edukey Education to classroom management businesses like BioStore, technology companies are proving that every day is a school day when it comes to learning how best to incorporate technology in our classrooms.