Technological advancement has made sharing knowledge easier than ever before. Where once classrooms were dependent upon static, unchanging textbooks that could be rendered out-of-date quickly, students can now access information that is immediate and current via the internet.
And while the internet itself is the biggest information technology that has reshaped the classroom, it’s not the only one. Let’s look at a few of the biggest ways technology has changed the way things are taught in the modern world.
There’s a lot to be said for the hands-on learning available to students who use tablets in their studies. The touch-screen interfaces of tablets make them ideal for kinetic learners who can manipulate 3D models, flip through digital photo albums and engage in educational games.
Students equipped with tablets can also connect to the internet to access learning materials. Assignments can be given out over the internet, saving on paper and allowing the students to all access the same materials. This makes learning leaner, faster-adapting and more modern all at once.
It should come as no surprise that most people are capable of typing significantly faster than they can write. While penmanship is important, in the era of laptops and computers it’s also very important that every student is a proficient typist. The vast majority of writing the average adult does is on a computer.
Not only does access to a laptop allow a student to hone their typing skills, it also affords them a great platform on which they can study. Searching the internet for answers to their questions, watching educational videos and playing fun educational games are all great benefits to having laptops.
High-tech projection devices, often called smart boards, allow teachers to project materials from their computers directly to the board at the front of the room. Smart boards then also allow for students to use various “pens” and “markers” to interact with the screen, allowing them to get involved with the lesson plan.
Between these various technological advancements, it’s easy to see how the internet and computer technology can help students learn. In our increasingly technology-dependent lives, it’s important we learn how to effectively utilize these devices from a young age.