Nowadays, technology helps us achieve things that even just a short decade ago would have seemed impossible. Whether it’s individuals living their day to day lives or businesses exploring new products and services, technology continues to play an important role in our society, especially in education rooms.
It’s a well-known fact that many classrooms still use outdated methods of communication when teaching such as white or black boards and exercise books. Is this the right way to go? Would technology in the classrooms be too distracting for the pupils? Would it benefit students to have access to latest technologies? To answer this questions we must first ask, what technology could education rooms use?
SMART BOARDS for Education Rooms
These interactive whiteboards have been introduced in some education rooms around the world but still lacking in the majority. SMART boards are based on the traditional concept of a white/black board but the board commonly displayed the screen of the connected computer or laptop. From here, teachers can load up specialist software that students can interact with.
This can include slide-show presentations, CAD applications, drawing programs and other touchscreen based programs or features. By using a SMART board, students are able to get involved in the lessons and feel more included and active in the classrooms.
Smartphones & Tablets
In most cases, smartphones are banned in classes as they provide a distraction to either the user or other students in the class. But what if these devices could be used for something productive?
In some education rooms, students are able to download a dedicated app or login to a secure online server which allows them to interact in their classes. One example of this could be a class quiz or vote. Students would be able to sign on and answer questions either from multiple choice or by inputting their answer on the screen. Educators would be able to receive real-time feedback of answers with instant results. This is could be used to encourage friendly competition between students and gauge what level the class is operating at.
Every heard of the age old saying “The dog ate my homework…”? This no longer has to be the case. With the latest in cloud technology, students would be able to complete their homework at home on the computer, saving it to a teachers cloud server, allowing them to have instant access to it anywhere, anytime.
This would revolutionize the way teachers and students connect and communicate. Teachers would be able to give instant feedback to students on assignments and monitor how long assignments took and other important information relating to tasks. Some systems may even be able to include a digital library for students to access anywhere and may even may traditional classrooms redundant.
Sometimes, it’s not always possible for students to arrive to physical classes. This could be due to a number of reasons from feeling sick one day to living on the other side of the country. With video conferencing packages operating more effectively than ever before, education rooms could benefit massively from this technology.
Students would be able to connect to live lessons and lectures, streamed through platforms such as Google Hangouts, Skype or any of the established conferencing brands, allowing them to take part in lessons and interact with teachers and other students.
Businesses already utilize collaborative tools everyday. From software packages that allows users to work on the same project simultaneously, education rooms can utilize this technology to host interactive lessons.
Schools could invest in online timetables, classroom based social media, digital note taking, creating digital portfolios and the ability to work on projects together without being physically in the same room using screen share platforms. By introducing collaborative packages into classrooms, the number of ways you could teach a class becomes limitless.
Other Digital Platforms
There are countless ways in which technology can be introduced to improve current education rooms. In a school or college setting, the introduction of tablets could herald the extinction of textbooks, replaced by up-to-date, easily accessible and cost effective eBooks.
By introducing cameras and portable video and audio capture devices, students will be able to create podcasts and ‘blogs’, which could be used in situations such as presenting an assignment, or creating a book report. These physical copies can then be showed to other students, teachers and even other classes and parents.
Education rooms are slowly introducing new technologies into classrooms, usually to the benefits of both the students and teachers. With more interactive and engaging classes, the future of the modern day education room looks very exciting.