We are living in the digital age. Technology has done a fantastic job of taking daily tasks and making them more efficient. With technology we can do almost anything, instantly! Whether it’s an email, text message or e-course, technology let’s us do whatever, whenever.
Technology has not only made innovations in the way that we perform daily tasks, it’s also had a huge impact on education and has started to completely transform the way we learn. We are starting to see more and more technology in classrooms and educators are now more than ever, incorporating different forms of tech into their lessons.
There are many forms of technology that are used in today’s classrooms. We’ve put together a list of some of our favourites:
Companies like Learnkit, dedicate their careers and time to developing effective elearning courses for learners to take on their own time. Whether they are looking to advance themselves in their careers, learn a new skill or train for a new position, elearning is a flexible and convenient learning option. (See the What is the Flipped Classroom blog post for information.)
Social Media has proven to be a very useful and effective in education, as it serves a platform for discussion and communication, transferring of ideas and inspiration. Applications such as Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and YouTube have changed the way we communicate our ideas. These social media platforms have allowed learners of all ages to easily participate in online discussions.
Smart devices have become a very effective means of teaching and learning in a variety of ways. Tools such as SMART boards, iPads and even Smartphones are being used widely in the classroom as a way to better engage with and assess students.
What does the future for technology and education look like? Bright! Technology will only evolve and education will follow in one form or the other because learners will demand it. Personalized learning is what has come out of the rise of technology and 1-1 learning has never been so achievable or customizable. Of course, traditional teaching elements such as classroom management and forms of assessment must be present, but technology has provided other learning opportunities that are starting to evolve and really beginning to take shape.
Some argue that technology in the classroom is for the worse, and some are for the better. Funnily enough, just yesterday at the ASU GSV Summit Bill Gates shared his stance on the importance of using technology to create engaging learning environments. I would have to agree with the latter, but I am really curious to know what you think? Do you think there are benefits to bringing technology into the classroom? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below!