4 Ways Technology is Revolutionizing the Education Industry
Long gone are the days when a teacher simply assigns chapters and then stands up in front of the class lecturing for an hour or two. Nowadays, kids are using iPads and Macbooks in every classroom. Learning has become more interactive than ever before in the history of education.
Educators are even finding ways to bring in technology that students are already obsessed with and using on a daily basis in order to enhance the learning experience and increase overall retention.
Here are four popular eLearning tactics utilizing technology to make school something students actually enjoy and look forward to every day.
This one should be a no-brainer for anyone in the education industry. The current generation, and even those preceding it, are gamers. Some would say they are addicted to their Xboxes, Playstations, and mobile gaming apps. You already have a captive audience, so you may as well take advantage of it in the classroom.
Gaming in education can range from actual Nintendo-like learning applications to board games such as Scrabble to a rewards program similar to Subway’s free sandwich stamp card. By creating a friendly competitive environment, students are more motivated and more engaged.
If the phenomenal success of the Pokémon Go application tells us anything, it’s that augmented reality (AR) can certainly capture and hold someone’s attention. This is what makes this type of technology perfect for the education and eLearning industry.
Utilizing AR can turn an ordinary classroom into Harry Potter’s Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry by making ordinary objects and subjects come alive. Students can utilize QR technology to scan codes on books or exhibits in museums to learn more. Historical videos or photos can be accessed in order to get a more personalized experience than just reading about an event in a textbook.
Plus, augmented reality can teach students that their smartphones can actually be used to make them smarter.
Virtual reality (VR) is not just for gaming. It is also being utilized in new ways to teach things including history, literature, and even engineering and architecture with the use of 3D modeling. Companies such as Space and Immersive VR Education are already championing VR in schools by offering pre-designed curriculum.
VR learning is not limited to just the classroom, either. The New York Times recently provided subscribers with free Google Cardboard viewers to use in conjunction with some of its online content. Just this year, Google launched “Google Arts & Culture” – providing access to VR tours of some of the world’s most famous museums and historical collections.
An immersive environment in education combines virtual reality (VR), 3D technology, and gaming in order to give students a truly unique experience when it comes to learning. As the current generation’s attention span continues to wane, immersive educational environments succeed at keeping students engaged for longer periods of time.
Immersive environments help students not only with memory and retention, but also with technical and problem-solving skills while stimulating their creativity. These types of programs can even improve the overall health of students by making them more active in the classroom.
With all of the new technology being utilized in today’s classrooms, you can’t help but wonder, what will the classrooms of future generations look like? Will there even be classrooms or will education be delivered exclusively via remote instructors and virtual reality? Will mobile phones powered by artificial intelligence become our permanent 24/7 “teachers?” That all remains to be seen. The bottom line is that with all of the options available to all of us now, none of us should ever stop learning.
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