We live in a society where electronics rule our worlds; every single person roams around with a mobile phone with access to all types of information at your fingertips. Children today, learn how to use a gadget before learning how to read or write but the question is how do we integrate technology into teaching, how do we ensure that education is changing as fast as the latest technological advancement and does every child in the world have an opportunity to this basic human right?
Technology is changing at a faster rate than most of us average humans ever anticipated, and today I really just want to delve into how much transformation has education undergone. In my primary days, we had “computer class” where you were taught how to turn a computer “off” and “on“, insert a floppy disk, create a Paint picture and finally write a letter on Word and save a document on your floppy disk. Well, a lot has changed since then…
Today technology has greatly impacted education, we now have infinite access to education; books, audios, tutorials, images, videos to the extent where formal learning is available online worldwide all made possible by technology. Teachers have always struggled to get students to engage with a subject more than on a superficial level, whereas today students are able to independently discover solutions in an exciting way.
In the past, learning has always been deemed an unattainable and intimidating prospect, where each learner along with their family had to make great strides in reaching areas where schools were available, today we have what we have interactive digital classrooms.
A digital classroom applies “to those classrooms which employ modern technology and communications in order to provide students with information. They use that information online, or in a traditional classroom with their teachers and fellow students in order to learn new lessons.
What modern technology enables us to do is to introduce elements of gamification into the education process, which should improve student motivation and information retention, as well as their ability to do their own research and work in teams. It also allows for individualization of learning and encourages students to seek out the content that they like.”
We live in an era, where parents want to know and track their children’s progress, how are their learning capabilities, are they coping with all their class subjects, eLearningIndustry.com has comprehensively put together 12 digital tools that help you create your own digital classroom. In this article we will cover 4 of the 12.
This tool is “aimed at both teachers and parents, it allows you to track student progress in real-time and over a certain time span. Aside from acting as a digital grade book, it can also provide teachers with the ability to upload new lesson plans, create schedules, and even track student attendance.” This tool can also integrate with google apps and all information can be safely stored on a cloud plus it’s FREE!
“One of the biggest challenges of education is gauging just how well the students have been able to grasp certain lessons and concepts explained by their teachers.” This tool gives students the opportunity to give feedback on what they understood after a lesson, and in turn aids teachers in what needs to be revised.
“Engrade allows teachers to keep track of all their classes with just one application, and that includes managing grades and exporting them to Microsoft Excel.” As a teacher, the most time-consuming part would be keeping track and planning your lessons, this tool helps you do that!
This is “an online platform which can help teachers integrate stuff such as new lessons plans, presentations, and even afterschool activities, which they can then share with their students. What makes this app stand out is the huge number of resources it relies on, and the way it is organized, so that students and teachers are never more than a few steps away from finding what they need.”
The first step for our teachers and learners would be to find cost effective solutions in creating a digital environment that would alleviate extra stresses on the teachers and students. Gather functional ways in finding innovative tools and apps that impact the learning environment, where parents also have access. Let’s all do our bit to ensure we create a better education system for all.