Technological innovations mark the last couple of decades, and it has widely influenced every area of living. The change is particularly noticeable since the beginning of the 21st century.
When education is concerned, the impact is clearly noticeable both when it comes to teaching and learning. The days of chalk and blackboard and printed textbooks seem like ancient history. Let’s discuss the largest technological changes that happened in education.
Nowadays, there are practically no limits when it comes to communication. When a student needs to discuss something with their teachers out of the office hours, sending an email is a welcome option.
Naturally, it helps the teachers stay on top of what their students are working on and helps put them in the right direction during the process, instead of correcting the possible mistakes only once the project is done.
On top of that, online communication helps the students exchange information and opinions between themselves, too.
It was not long ago that serious academic research demanded hours and hours spent in a public library to get the necessary information that could not be found anywhere else. Today, things are changing, and web-based academic research is becoming the primary option, and it is recognized and supported by the largest academic and library centers all over the world. Smaller ones are naturally following and soon, the scope of educational information online will equal and surpass the one available in printed form.
Note sharing limits are lifted
Some of us still remember passing notes in class and copying each other’s notebooks in case we missed some of the classes. The students of today would probably see it as a cute thing of the past they only heard about from their parents. They have put things on an entirely new level, and note sharing has crossed the limits of a single school. Notes and study guides are shared online, and students can gather information from different sources, filter them and use the most important parts, which significantly improves the information acquiring process and learning in general.
The flipped classroom model of teaching that originates from KhanAcademy is the perfect example of how technology and students’ habits can completely transform the teaching/learning process. The essence of this model is that students go through schoolwork for the next day at home through online tutorials, YouTube videos, podcast and useful links sent to them by their teachers. The subjects are discussed in class, rather than being presented there for the first time, which is a great way of inspiring critical thinking and preparing the students for university type lessons they will encounter shortly. The classes are certainly more dynamic and the students like the concept.
Blackboard and chalk and solely demonstrative lessons truly are the thing of the past. Interaction is the key notion in teaching and learning process today. Tablets, laptops, and smartphones are used in lessons, and that include videos, images, and links to websites that deal with the matter discussed, which gives the added dimension to every lecture. This makes the lessons more interesting but highly interactive as well since students and teachers go through the data together and discuss the topics from a whole new angle.
The changes in education brought by technology are clear and inevitable. It’s of utmost importance that they are implemented as soon as possible and that we keep adapting the teaching and learning process since this is merely the beginning.