Technology in the classroom can offer fantastic learning opportunities for students. Find out how these hi-tech gadgets (in combination with great teaching), are helping to make learning more targeted, engaging and fun in both primary and secondary schools.
1. Augmented reality: bringing theory to life
Learning geography from a textbook is interesting, but imagine how much more you could learn by being instantly transported to different cities and landscapes, anywhere in the world! Augmented reality (AR) and virtual reality (VR) technology such as Google Expeditions are beginning to make it possible, opening up a world of discovery for students. Experiencing other countries is one obvious application, but with this technology there’s no limit to its potential.
2. BIG DATA: OFFERING INSIGHT INTO LEARNING TRENDS
Most teachers have a general idea of how well their students are picking up different concepts and topics. With detailed data on each pupil’s performance, however, it’s possible to pick up on issues and trends that may have otherwise gone unnoticed. By using cloud-based quizzes and assessments, teachers can gather and accumulate student data to paint a picture of overall performance, allowing them to focus and target their teaching accordingly.
3. Smartboard technology: enhancing home study
Digital smartboards aren’t just a futuristic makeover of the humble blackboard. They also provide valuable add-ons that just weren’t possible with a piece of chalk. Lessons and presentations can be annotated with extra information as the lesson progresses, then the entire document can be saved and disseminated for students to go over in their own time.
4. 3D PRINTING: A NEW DIMENSION FOR CLASSROOM RESOURCES
3D printing is just beginning to emerge as a useful form of technology in the classroom. For pupils whose learning style isn’t best supported with two-dimensional textbooks, 3D printers are a fantastic way to bring concepts to life in a tangible, hands-on way. From creative design skills to spatial awareness, the 3D printer will enhance student experience in a wide variety of disciplines. In addition to the direct learning opportunities they provide, 3D printers are also invaluable for generating instant teaching resources.
5. BIOMETRICS: ENABLING TAILORED TEACHING FOR EACH INDIVIDUAL
Wouldn’t it be great to be able to better understand your students’ moods, difficulties and states of mind? With biometric technology, hi-tech gadgets at school will make this a reality in future classrooms. By monitoring pupils’ heart rate, facial expressions and even the speed of their typing, teachers armed with biometric data will get to know when they’re having difficulty, so that they can focus their teaching accordingly.
6. Communication technology: making connections
Communication and collaboration are important skills for all students, and technology can be harnessed to bring people together. With online learning technology, students often feel more empowered to ask questions, and teachers can respond to individual queries using blogs and videos. Skype, Google Hangouts and other collaborative technologies can allow pupils to build up relationships with their counterparts in other schools around the world. Intercom systems (as featured in our modular school buildings) are a great way to connect outdoor classrooms with the rest of the school.
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