With the advent of advanced technology, the defining elements of ‘education’ (what we meant by the word in conventional sense), are even changing. Things like chalk, duster, pen (inseparably attached with ‘education’, when we picturise) are getting influenced crucially and critically, giving these things new definition with new structure, keeping the utility intact. Even classrooms are getting obsolete, with this age of video conferencing, effectively and efficiently replacing classrooms. for the better. “[Teachers] can focus on great instruction and then look for the tools and resources that allow you to do that efficiently and effectively,” says Scott Kinney, senior vice president of Discovery Education, a company that helps integrate technology into classrooms. Especially, in the first world countries like United States of America, techology is quickly replacing classrooms, taking education to a new level. The Huffington Post – the reputed American online news aggregator, on its 10th anniversay, takes a look into some of the world-changing technologies introduced in the last decade, with the potential to change the world (of education) forever.
New types of Chalkboards
New digital chalkboards are replacing traditional boards in their facilities, without the hazard of erasing the already written material and writing something new to proceed further in class. In this new boards, the teacher can project multiple related elucidating data at the same time, making the learning process more lucid and time-managed. Even instructive videos without having to set up another device and projection screen, can be displayed this way. This ‘smart’ boards even make the teacher send saved notes to the student, virtually.
New technological ways of making contact with a student in home or in a far away location, is making giving instructions, explanations and even elucidating interactions with online sessions possible which are as effective as classroom learning. People in certain medical conditons or in physical situations where one is inadvertently confined in a small place and unable to go to attend class, remote learning identical to classroom learning in quality, is making even heavily ‘snowy days’ fully workable !
Electronic books, the exact electronic copies of traditional textbooks, are easy to store, do not require printing, binding, can be delivered (transferred) without a hazard just by the click of a button (without the physical delivery process involved) and easy to update. World famous online companies like Amazon Kindle, Pearson are offering eBooks which also provide facilities in studying, technically, by making taking notes, highlighting passages, searching for the meaning of new words an integral part of the eBook and learning process just by the click of a button. Apple’s iBook offering interactive digital textbooks from companies like Pearson. Also, ‘techbook’, a customized electronic form of ‘book’ providing the content of a textbook, is providing translation option for conversion into foreign languages, targeting a larger readership including non-english speakers.
Computer-based testing (paperchecking, determination of scores etc.) are making the job of the teacher easier. Online exams with multiple choice questions only, are easy to evaluate by the means of computer, as it matches the answer with the given option in the answersheet and marks accoringly. But, internet as information provider can so easily give information that students can use them in answering questions during exams accessing the source alongside, when it’s illegal to take help. Although there are tools like TurnItIn, that can help teachers catch the cheting equally easily.
To make education an enjoyable thing, appealing to the students’ natural curiosity of problem and puzzle solving are the educational games. Even attracting learning challenged students, games have added a new dimension to education. SimCity EDU, for example, is one of the instances.
In Huffington Post’s own words : “Over the last 10 years, technological innovations have made education more interactive, immediate and personalized”… even surpassing (going beoynd) the very originality of classroom education.
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