Innovation in education
Technology has come so far that it has affected all aspects of life, from business to entertainment to education. Nowadays, schools are reforming their teaching methodologies to keep abreast of the changing times. Children are using tablets and PCs rather than the traditional books more. This is not to say that traditional methods are on the way out; but simply means that that new technology is being incorporated in today’s learning environment.
Everyone is connected to each other in more ways than we could have ever imagined and information is just a quick Google search and click away. Distance learning has taken new shapes and forms thanks to the internet and people can learn anything and everything without having to wait for a scheduled time on TV for a distance learning class.
Here are just some of the technologies that are taking the education sector by storm:
- Cloud technology
There are times when a student can’t attend any classes due to various reasons such as, illness, injury, family issues or moving to another country where the education standard is not up to par etc. Then this situation calls cloud based learning system. It is basically a form of distance learning where all the learning material is stored in particular area and the student can access it whenever and wherever possible. These can include audio lectures, video lessons and also live class sessions.
There is the new trend called M-learning (mobile learning) where the students can use their mobile phones to learn. They can download audio/video podcasts, download learning apps, and watch videos from their mobile phones. It is ideal for students who are on the go and need to access learning material where they can’t use a laptop or PC.
- Virtual reality
This is the latest trend these days. It hasn’t been fully adapted in schools but some of them have started experimenting with this idea as it will slowly grow into a regular feature in a classroom. Virtual reality helps people interact with each other in a 3 dimensional environment. This can make people from all over the world seem like they are sitting together in a classroom.
- PCs and tablets
Schools are incorporating the use of tablets, laptops and PCs now more than ever because it’s easier to store and retrieve information. It is easily accessible and shareable as well. The costs for using these technologies have reduced and it helps in reducing paper wastage like it did in the past.
- Social media