KEEPING UP WITH NEW AGE LEARNING TOOLS
There has been a paradigm shift in both the way teachers teach and students learn. This is partly due to technological advancement, change in age old teaching norms, and more to impart education with an experiential impact rather than just inculcating a system of theories and bookish knowledge. Today, students tend to learn more through practical engagements, and hence teachers also adopt themselves in an ecosystem of mutual knowledge sharing and imparting education, which is beyond textbooks.
Today, classrooms are not confined to four walls; rather they extend beyond geographical and physical boundaries. Technology is changing how students learn and creating a more complex yet interactive learning environment. Some of the ways in which learning in this new era has impacted the teacher-student network are as follows:
Fosters an active learning environment: Technology has provided numerous tools and ways to make the learning environment more active and interactive. In many cases, teachers are mere facilitators, and technology aided methods help students to learn faster, analyze and execute skills more efficiently and plan assignments properly.
Helps to improve technical skills: Proper exposure to technology helps students to learn the right things in the right way. Programs, applications, tools, softwares and others help students to learn in a more lively and sometimes a better way in terms of explaining and understanding complex concepts.
Makes it a collaborative effort: Since technology has a widespread reach and impact, it can take students beyond the boundaries of a closed classroom and let them interact with their counterparts in every corner of the globe. This also helps in the exchange and sharing of ideas and other educational materials, giving learning a collaborative approach.
Impacts student motivation: Classrooms can be boring and monotonous for many, yet technology can make it innovative and exciting. Computer programs for interactive learning, instant grading system and feedback systems and instantaneous relay of information can boost the motivation and enhance the learning enthusiasm of students.
Learning tools have evolved over time, and today they provide a completely different perspective to learning, classroom dynamics, teacher-student relationship, and the overall education system. Take a look at some of the new age tool, which have revolutionized the education industry in a positive and progressive way:
Microlearning: Lengthy lessons or heavy homework’s don’t necessarily indicate that the students are actually learning. So, in this digital age, the focus is more on smaller chunks of educational modules, which makes it easy for the student to grasp the concept. Digital resources can break up extensive course content into smaller, justifiable and complete for students to interpret things at their own pace and understand fundamentals properly before going on to complex sections.
Flipped Classrooms: Student-teacher interaction time might not be enough to complete a concept or answer all the queries. And, a teacher might not be able to give individual attention to each student in the current academic set-up. Hence, students can use flipped classrooms, where they can attend digital lectures being presented at any location, anytime. This also helps them to interact and engage with other students and discuss queries and get answers.
Hands-on Learning: Beyond technology and classrooms, there is something called Mother Nature and practical aspect of things. Hence, hands-on training is the most helpful way to teach certain concepts, which might sound boring inside classrooms. So, field trips, practical science labs and others are ways to make learning more exciting and fun.
Diversified Learning: Learning can happen in various ways and everybody’s way of learning is also different. So, for different students, different methods might be required, which seldom happens in a single classroom. So, to cater to the individual ways of imbibing knowledge, diversified ways of learning can be deployed like podcasts, mind maps, video tutorials, online libraries, video conferencing, virtual reality, and many other digital resources.
Other upcoming technologies or tools that will revamp the education industry are wearable virtual reality gadgets and devices to make education more interactive, touch-based desks, notebooks and workstations, which will help students to their peers and teachers across the globe, etc. Even, Biometrics will be a popular methodology, which can recognize and analyze individual behaviour and prepare content and course material according to suit individual students.
Technology has changed how education needs to be imparted and how it should be imbibed. So, to keep up with the changing norms and keep us updated with the new age learning tools, education institutions, education boards, authoritative bodies and teachers need to adapt themselves and embrace the change. Moreover, students need to be inducted properly into this new system to help them experience and learn in a more effective and efficient way.