Modern technology has almost become ubiquitous in our modern lives. It is intertwined with most aspects of the world around us, so it makes sense that it should be utilised effectively within the classroom and in educational settings. Although there is much debate about the use of mobile phones and tablets in the classroom, they have still become commonplace alongside computers and things like smart boards.
However, there are further ways education organisations and teachers can make use of modern technology in teaching, and some already are.
This includes cutting-edge tech such as:
- Virtual Reality(VR)/Augmented Reality(AR)
- Fitness and Activity Trackers like Fitbit and similar devices
- 3D Printers
Virtual Reality and associated technology such as Augmented Reality was for a long time thought to be only suitable for gaming. However, with recent improvements in the technology hardware, the applications for both VR and AR have expanded.
One of the best and most obvious ways schools can, and are in some cases, benefit from VR, in particular, is by taking their students on virtual field trips. Many organisations and institutions are working on Virtual Reality tours of their premises which will help schools to save money, expand the variety of places they can travel to for their trips – while giving students to experience them without leaving the classroom.
Fitness and Activity Trackers
Wearable tech such as Fitness and Activity Trackers like Fitbit and similar devices have become incredibly popular in recent years. Schools can use them as part of PE to monitor their student’s fitness more and look at ways to improve their time spent taking part in sports and other forms of exercise.
3D printing can be used to great effect for bringing to life things that pupils would normally study on a computer screen, in a textbook or on some other form of 2-dimensional format. This means students can have a tangible object to observe and manipulate. For example, medical students could use it to look at lungs or hearts in greater detail.
Robotics has for a long time felt like a subject matter that was far too specialist to be included in any school’s curriculum. However over the last decade or so, hardware and software, as well as other equipment, have become increasingly affordable, user-friendly and child-friendly. It can be used in a classroom setting in a number of ways – by encouraging children to develop a love for mechanics and building. Robotics is an expanding industry, so when children cultivate an interest in it at school level – it gives them a further option for a career when they are ready to leave school.
Technology, in all its many forms, will always be a part of an effective school or education institution. How it is applied and used alongside traditional forms of teaching is crucial to how successful it would be at improving children’s understanding of the world. It will be interesting to see what further developments are made and how each new form of tech is utilised by the education sector.