[Guest Post] Benefits and Trends of Technology in Education

By | March 8, 2017
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(This post has been contributed by Pooja Jain, representing BYJU’s – The Learning App)

 

Considering the rampant rate at which technology is developing and transforming almost every aspect of our lives, whether it is socialising, business, education or learning, it’s safe to say that the best is yet to come when it comes to integrating this technology into the everyday lives of the people.

Technology is not just changing industries and corporates but also the world of education. There is substantial growth in usage of modern technology in educational institutions as they continue to invest heavily in this medium to make courses more accessible and enhance learning. There is a vast number of technological innovations related to education which are subsequently improving the online education sector as well as pushing the boundaries of innovations.

Technology can have coordinative effect in the way of learning and teaching and the emergence of it can push educators to leverage and understand these technologies to be used in classrooms. While educators have come across several new technological methods of teaching, implementing them in reality has been far off.

Educators have been looking for a solid medium that can be permanently implanted into their curriculum so that they can introduce new ways of learning to their students. But several other educators disagree to this new method, claiming that the traditional methods have a broader and stronger effect on the way students learn.

Technology always remains at the forefront of the social education. It is pushing the capabilities of learning and the school system to new levels. All this is mainly possible with the implementation of some of the new tools and methods.

Let’s take a look at the benefits of implementing technology into education.

Benefits of Education in Technology

Technology is said to be future oriented, and nowadays everything is digital. So, education cannot lag behind. It makes learning more fun and exciting to students. Yes, the interactive teaching and learning methods of education technology challenges and engages students with brand new adaptive methods.

Technology improves the skills of students. The improvement of technology is said to benefit the student in improving digital learning, communication, collaboration, listening skills, mobile learning, planning, valuing diversity, problem-solving skills, math skills self-evaluation skills, global awareness, social skills and also in presentations.

Students with Special Needs

There are several advantages of introducing technology into education namely students with special needs. Children with Dyslexia and several other learning disorders have significantly improved their ability to read after being introduced to a computer remediation programme.

At-Risk Students

Students with a disruptive or violent nature have reportedly shown more engagement and cooperation when they used technology to learn. Engagement leads to learning and learning leads to a better attitude in the future.

Prepares Students for the Future

It is vital that we prepare for the rapidly advancing future as students will require to have specific skills related to technology including the ability to use word processors, spreadsheets, databases, etc. By working advanced technology at this stage, students can be prepared to operate in high-tech workplace and society where technical skills will not be enough.

Educational Technology Trends

The schools of the future generation may have the traditional units of students. Some of the changes have already taken wings with the exposure of education apps, mobile learning sources or, say, e-learning programs.

Mobile Learning

We are living in a world where mobile devices have become a part of everyday life. This is possibly the best way to promote technology in education by creating educational programmes and online platforms that are accessible on mobiles.

Virtual Reality

This is one of the whole new technologies in the education system. And also the implications of this technology are known to be enormous. The Virtual Reality technique is the implementation of the three-dimensional way of learning in the classrooms. It consists of a device which enables a student to visualize the topics and images in a three-dimensional arena like for example, a visual representation of a perimeter of triangle.

The motion and the pressure sensors incorporated within these VR and AR devices make them more relevant for activity-based learning. It is also known as virtual-based learning.

Biometrics

Biometric technology is used to recognize the humans based on specific behavioral or the physical traits. In the coming future, this kind of technology can help the intelligent software to understand the emotional and physical state of children while learning in the classroom.

Digitalization of Classrooms

The classrooms are going digital these days. The old blackboard way of learning is fading away. This change is due to the implementation of new equipments and tools like interactive whiteboards, educational games, digital projectors, video-based lessons, open courseware and e-learning.

3D Printing Technology

This technology allows the students in transferring the digital information into a reality. At a point, the 3D labs are going to be created in the same way as that of the computer labs are like today. The 3D Printing technology will provide students an eye on detail into the digital world – which enhances them to users to build logic modules or the programs.

 

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Hussain Fakhruddin

Hussain Fakhruddin is the founder/CEO of Teknowledge mobile apps company. He heads a large team of app developers, and has overseen the creation of nearly 600 applications. Apart from app development, his interests include reading, traveling and online blogging.
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