The Internet, social networks, mobile computing, and other advances in human communications are essential in boosting and promoting education and technology. It is also important to recognize the crucial role that a human teacher plays in the classroom.
Teachers have a personal and unique insight into each learner’s progress, providing inspiration in a way technology can’t, and serve as local experts and role models. They create learning experiences that help students keep pace with the digital skills demanded by today’s market through human-driven and digitally enhanced education.
Indeed, technology has helped teachers engage students to learn in different ways. It has become a versatile learning tool that can change how educators can assign projects, demonstrate concepts, and monitor progress.
How Technology is Improving Education
1. Better Stimulation
The best ways to demonstrate how vibrations produce sound is through a tuning fork. However, there are lessons that are too difficult to demonstrate this way. These include showing students how molecules behave in various conditions, discussing what evolution is, and why combining some chemicals can be dangerous.
With digital stimulation and models, teachers can better explain concepts that are too vague or those processes that happen fast or slowly. Today, there are different model concepts that can be used in schools to provide stimulation on topics like chemical bonding, fluid mechanics, and gas laws.
Moreover, students can use some technologies that allow them to experiment with a virtual greenhouse so they can better understand evolution. Some advanced innovations also help them appreciate the physics of energy efficiency or know-how electrons interact with matter.
2. Efficient Assessment
Stimulation and models are not just for teaching concepts. They also give teachers a better picture of how students understand them.
Technology can let teachers collect real-time assessment data from students. If they give an assignment, they can monitor how far along their students are, how long it took them to answer every question, and if their answers are correct. With such information, they can easily decide what concepts their students are struggling with. They can also conveniently pull up some examples of their student’s work for discussion inside the classroom.
3. Virtual Manipulatives
Traditional teachers draw graphs or solve some problems that change one variable in similar equations to teach students about the relationships between decimals, percentages, and fractions.
Today, math educators and tuitions in Dubai and around the world can take advantage of virtual manipulatives. They allow students to experiment with equations so they can better comprehend relationships. These virtual manipulative sites will show them what will happen if they move things around or change values.
4. Global Learning
With educational technology, students can conveniently set up online language lessons with native speakers, regardless of where they live. Lessons can be done through video conferencing.
Learning via social interaction, being exposed to the perspective of another culture, and learning from a native speaker are some of the excellent advantages that were once only available to those who could travel. Today, learning another language is as simple as making periodic video conferencing calls.
5. Multimedia Projects
Learning through multimedia projects is certainly an excellent form of project-based learning that teaches teamwork. Moreover, this is a good way to persuade students who are interested to create something that their friends and family will see. Multimedia projects engage all senses and cause responses.
Though some students prefer paper textbooks, some academic institutions are now switching to digital media. E-books are digital textbooks that students can carry around on their mobile devices, laptops, or tablets. They enable them to read their lessons wherever they are without having to carry heavy textbooks.
7. Probes and Sensors
Today, some classrooms around the world are already using ultrasonic motion detectors to efficiently demonstrate concepts. In physics, it is too difficult to define some topics like motion and velocity.
Translating these topics into graphs can be tiresome and some meaning can be lost in the process. But by hooking the ultrasonic motion detector to a graph, it will give the real-time feel of what it means to move at slower or faster rates, or increasing and decreasing in speed. Such demonstrations allow learners to understand the topics better than just drawing graphs by hand.
Collecting real-time data with probes and sensors has several educational applications. For instance, students can test pH with a pH probe, compute dew point using a temperature sensor, note the different chemical changes in photosynthesis with nitrate and pH sensors, or observe how pH affects MnO3 reduction using a light probe.
Both teachers and students can take advantage of new tech innovations. Technology boosts student motivation and engagement and infuses classrooms with reliable digital learning tools.
The use of educational resources and other technologies have certainly hastened educational productivity by reducing the costs related to instructional materials, using teacher time better, and accelerating the learning process.
Maloy Burman is the Chief Executive Officer and Managing Director of Premier Genie FZ LLC. He is responsible for driving Premier Genie into a leadership position in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) Education space in Asia, Middle East and Africa and building solid brand value. Premier Genie is currently running 5 centres in Dubai and 5 centres in India with a goal to multiply that over the next 5 years.