Technology Disruption in the Education Field

Technology is changing the field of education by enabling educators in using creative methods to teach complicated subjects. The adoption of digital technology in classrooms, universities, and other learning spaces has grown considerably for subjects that require visualization and layered information like mathematics and the sciences.

The widespread adoption of personal digital technologies like laptops, tablets and smartphones, as well as broadband internet have also changed the way students and educator’s access knowledge. There are countless eBooks, tutorial videos, and archives available with a simple online search using personal devices. This has created a shorter learning curve for the adoption of digital technologies as it becomes an emerging standard in education.

To better understand how technology has changed the field of education, here are 3 technologies that allow educators to develop a more interactive curriculum for better retention and learning.

1. Tablets and Learning Apps

The use of 3-ring binders, notebooks, and textbooks are slowly being replaced with tablets and learning applications. Classrooms are becoming more accommodating to digital technologies as short exams, papers, and entire courses are accessible online through personal devices. In fact, a recent study by Speak Up found that 47% of K-12 students have regular access to mobile devices in their classrooms.[1]

Using tablets and learning applications expands a classroom’s ability to use more engaging teaching methods and materials. Students can also benefit from real-time feedback on how to retain new material through classroom polls sand collaborative software.

2. Smart boards

Although the use of smart boards in the classroom has been around longer than the use of tablets, they share the same goal of enabling educators in using more engaging methods of teaching. A recent survey conducted by Common Sense Media found that introducing interactive technologies for challenging subject like mathematics and science has improved the classroom’s ability to learn.[2] Students with access to interactive technology are more engaged and feel encouraged to take on more challenging subjects.

Smart boards use styluses or are touch-sensitive to interact with materials projected onto their screens. Materials, such as images, worksheets, videos, and blank canvases can be paired with a local computer or accessed through applications. This can allow for a wide range of software and applications to be used for education.

3. Learning Management Systems

Utilizing a learning management system is quickly becoming an industry standard for educators and schools. The system allows educators to track, report, and deliver online learning materials for a tailored experience that meets needs of students.

The latest learning management systems are accessible through portals, allowing students to view their grades and upcoming projects. Most systems offer configurable features, such as grouped account modules and collaborative forums for students to work together online. Access to learning management systems also allows students to work remotely – focusing classroom time on lectures over assignments.

Digital technology has changed the way educators approach teaching by offering more alternatives that meet the strengths and needs of a student. These technologies allow students to learn at a pace that is better for them with immediate access to resources, interactive opportunities and communication tools for more clarity on difficult subjects.

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[1] “Understanding Technology Enhanced Learning in the Lives of Today’s Students”. Project Tomorrow. http://www.tomorrow.org/speakup/SU14_StudentReportTEXT.html

[2] Vicky R. “Children, Teens, and Entertainment Media The View From The Classroom”. Common Sense. https://www.commonsensemedia.org/research/children-teens-and-entertainment-media-the-view-from-the-classroom

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