We live in a world dominated by technology, and the use of such technology in schools and classrooms is nothing new. In fact, our children have grown up in an age where they have never known life without common technology devices like computers, smart phones, and tablets. So, how is technology changing education? Let’s explore some ways technology can be used to enhance education. Let’s start with classroom technology.
Augmented Reality. Augmented reality platforms let students touch and feel the objects they study, while Adobe Aero allows them to create virtual reality (VR) experiences. Virtual field trips. Virtual reality experiences let students step inside human bodies and geographic locations. Some preliminary studies have shown that VR can improve social-emotional skills and foster empathy in students. It’s also possible to travel to places they’ve never visited, hear from guest speakers, and experience immersive virtual reality environments.
Providing students with their own devices. With widespread adoption of Common Core State Standards and mandated online testing, many schools are now providing their students with their own devices. With so much technology at our fingertips, we need to be mindful of how we use it. And it’s not only students who need access to technology. It’s the teachers, too, who need the tools. With a little thought, you’ll see that the use of technology in education today is becoming more commonplace.
Access to information. Traditionally, classroom collaboration has been limited to students within the same building. Now, students can communicate with experts from all over the world in ways they couldn’t imagine before. For example, a student in a rural part of the U.S. can learn about an expedition to the Arctic by reading blog postings and photos, or even talk to a scientist live over videoconference. With such access to information, technology has helped make learning more effective.