The constitutional right for any human is the right to basic education. Today learning and teaching methods throughout have vastly improved in the fastest growing economies. The realisation that education is a universal entitlement has magnified the importance of it and positioned it in manners that have enabled developments in all three levels of education – primary, secondary and tertiary education.
We’ll take a look at the technologies that have highly impacted education and technology trends currently popular in education.
Digital simulations and models have assisted the conveying of concepts in various subjects like physics and biology where students learn about all types of science like the different stages of molecules and chemistry. Demonstrating how molecules reproduce on a whiteboard takes several drawings and explanations, which might be an issue if the teacher isn’t the best illustrator. Digital simulations and models assist in conveying such messages efficiently and quickly, in a manner that improves students’ understanding and learning. Students can easily take in information like how electrons interact and how chemicals bonds through simulations and model houses teachers can easily gain access to on the internet with no hassle.
When students need to play around with numbers and their values in various calculating methods such as fractions and equations, virtual manipulatives come into play. Virtual manipulatives assist students with understanding the relationship between numbers in percentages and decimals too. Unlike counting blocks or beans, this interactive online method of learning and teaching math concepts is fun and convenient to both teachers and students, improving performance.
Ebooks have simplified the student life by taking students from carrying seven textbooks in their backpacks and lockers to having them all stored on one device, be it a PC, tablet or smartphone. They’re immediate, convenient and easily available, unlike hunting a specific textbook all over town. No more forgetting one’s book at home or in a locker. One can study anywhere anytime.
The Epimestic Games Group has created games that immerse students into the corporate world by playing certain roles like journalist, architect, or engineer and ask them to solve real-world problems. Learners can learn more about the corporate world and figure out how they want to contribute to society through a certain occupation, in a manner familiar to them – gaming. This type of training is different from traditional methods and creates innovative learning and thinking in the digital age.
Globalisation has brought global learning amongst students through sites like Glovico.org, where learners can attend classes using video-conferencing calls. Language lessons are provided by native speakers from other countries, where students can also learn more than just the language but also a bit about the culture/s of that country directly from the native speaker or teacher. There’s no need to travel to get to know people all over the world now, and these lessons are as interactive as traditional lessons.
Technological developments in education have brought about several trends as well. With smartphones, one can do almost everything with this personal device. With the advantage of having ‘computers’ in their pockets, learning has become easier and faster. Access to internet connectivity (which is highly demanded by students of all levels) assists learners to do schoolwork on these mobiles and tablets, and the use of these devices in class has consequently increased over the years. Teachers teach with smartboards, videos and other multimedia platforms, which rapidly became the norm in most reputable schools and learning institutions.
These technologies have brought an innovative mix to education, enhancing teaching and learning of many globally, and despite the fact that the right to education is globally a human right, there are still many who don’t have the access to this entitlement.
United Nations states, “Education is a fundamental human right and essential for the exercise of all other human rights. It promotes individual freedom and empowerment and yields important development benefits. Yet millions of children and adults remain deprived of educational opportunities, many as a result of poverty”
Although technology had redefined education and has made learning more interactive and easier for many, we need to encourage innovative ways to ensure every human being gains access to this right eventually, no matter their financial status or social and political environments.