Do you remember when the teachers had the “No Cell Phones” policy? If you were caught, your phone would be confiscated, and you would not see it again until the end of the day. This is one of the downsides of using technology in the classroom. However, for every individual downside, there are many advantages when it comes to using gadgets, projectors, and computers in the classroom. Let’s look at some of them.
Computers and Tablets
Where the funding allows it, computers and tablets can be very useful tools in teaching. It’s not just exchanging the pen and paper for the screen, as it allows us to exchange information, or create a dynamic working environment. For example, the teacher can send the problem to the students, and they can take their time answering. If the teacher is properly connected to the students’ computers, then there are no obstacles in terms of student engagement.
Furthermore, with technology being what it is, instead of static information on paper and the board, you can create, or just implement, a learning program where the colors and sounds make the experience feel like a game. Many educational websites have already done so.
VR and AR
Virtual reality and augmented reality are no longer just concepts associated with games. They can provide a valuable learning experience in a dynamic and engaging environment. Think of it this way: would you rather go through the motions of teaching the lesson, or have the students see through virtual objects what the lesson is all about?
Simulations and intricate objects, or just an animated kitty that shouts numbers at you are enough for your students to pay attention to what is happening. If you have ever taught, you know that keeping the students focused is more than half the work. VR and AR are already being used in special training scenarios, so their application in teaching is confirmed.
It is now possible for students and their teachers to connect even outside the classroom. Exchanging information about the important tests, dates, and exercises can be crucial in preparing the students for the curriculum. Reaching out through social media is also less invasive than by phone, so it is possible for students to ask to reschedule a test or ask important questions one-on-one.
Outsourcing and Remote Areas
One of the biggest advancements in technology comes in the form of the internet and video calling services. This eliminates the need for the teacher to be physically present to explain certain things. It is far more reliable than the correspondence school or radio school, as it gives the teacher a better look at how the students are adapting to the new material. The previously cut-off people can now respond in real time, ask questions, and get their abilities tested.
Additionally, many schools see this technology as a way to save money, as qualified teachers from developing countries charge far less for a similar workload and quality. However, it remains to be seen whether this aspect is a good or a bad one for the global economy.
PowerPoint from the Office package used to be the industry standard when it came to presenting your project. With new platforms, especially free ones, students can deliver a presentation on any given topic, using static data and dynamic animations. If you look at a platform like PowToon, you can make sure that the people will pay attention to what was said in the presentation – the platform uses the product itself to deliver tutorials about it.