Technology Continues to Change How Classrooms Operate
We are living in a technological age in which every day sees innovations in some form of technology. These advances have greatly impacted many areas of human life, including communication, news, medicine, and more. One aspect that greatly impacts our future is education.
As this illustration by Laurentius de Voltolina portrays, the classroom format has virtually stayed the same since the 1300s. There is an instructor at the front of a class full of students either focused or bored. Many have textbooks helping them follow along. Today, instead of textbooks and journals, many students are using smartphones, tablets, and laptops.
While the modern classroom is still very similar to this, many aspects of it have been changed dramatically due to technology.
Increased Access to Education.
Because of technology and the internet, students have greater access to all kinds of information. In generations past, it was hard for the average individual to get a hold of books. They were often rare and expensive. Only the elite and the wealthy had access to them and their educational properties.
Now, there is a wealth of educational knowledge online, including books, podcasts, blogs, videos, and more. All of this is just at your fingertips. Students can even receive an education online and receive a degree through online degree programs. Thanks to advances in technology, the opportunities to receive an education are virtually endless.
More Chances for Collaboration.
Classrooms have typically always been isolated. Students could only collaborate with others in their class or building. Today, technology has broadened the scope at which students can communicate with other students. Students can also connect with each other virtually at home. Thanks to tablets, laptops, and desktops, they can continue learning once they have left the classroom.
Students can even connect with teachers, scientists, and other classrooms across the world to learn about specific topics. They can thoroughly learn about the topic they are discussing in class by speaking with an expert.
Breaks Down Boundaries.
Many students throughout the world suffer from some form of learning disability. These disabilities can limit how much a student learns while in the classroom and at what pace they learn. However, technology allows them the opportunity to continue learning once they are at home. Schools are empowering students to take control of their learning, encouraging learning to take place in all areas of life.
Not only does technology allow students to continue learning between home and work, but it allows teachers to create better lesson plans for students. This allows them to find the best ways to teach all of their students, whether as a whole or separately.
Teachers Become Guides
Teachers have always been seen as the primary sources of the class’ information. However, technology has shifted that focus. While teachers still lead the classroom, they are becoming more of guides. Students are encouraged to take more responsibility in their education. Technology has allowed them to research and find information on their own.
Because of these smart devices, teachers are there to help guide students in the right direction as they gather relevant information. Teachers still present information and teach them how to interpret and read it, but technology provided students with a sense of independence.
Students aren’t the only ones who have experienced significant changes in education. Teachers have also gotten to reap the benefits of technology. Technology has always been an extension of teaching, enhancing what teachers are capable of doing. Teachers can better lesson plan for their classes without taking as long. Certain software allows teachers to thoroughly plan out their semester while allowing them to modify it for any issues that arise.
They are even able to craft specific plans for students with learning impairments as well. These new technologies also allow teachers to assess their students work better and quicker, allowing them to provide better feedback promptly.
Technology is not going away, and it is certainly not leaving classrooms anytime soon. These advancements continue to help students receive a better education in and out of the classroom. While many are quick to demonize technology, teachers are accepting it with open arms to provide better education for their students. Tech Critic continues to stay on top of advances in technologies to better understand the world and evolve ourselves.