Tech Trends 2019Monday, Dec 31, 2018
The use of technology in the educational arena has grown by leaps and bounds. While some technologies have become obsolete, some others have become the mainstay of the industry. New technologies are emerging every other day and the educational institutes are struggling to keep abreast of times.
The challenge today is to tap the right technology and tweak it to suit your needs the best. How creatively one uses technology to reach one’s goals is the set-point of the game! It becomes the core diffentiator when it comes to wooing students and creating a brand value.
Here is a look at emerging technologies in education that educators, administrators and management can utilize to provide best-in-class education for their students.
According to Wikipedia, augmented reality is “an interactive experience of a real-world environment whereby the objects that reside in the real-world are “augmented” by computer-generated perceptual information, sometimes across multiple sensory modalities.”
The ability to connect reality and digital content has been steadily improving, and has opened up multiple options for teachers and students. Teachers get to catch the attention of students and motivate them better, while students get new tools to visualize their subjects and complex concepts, as well as obtain practical skills. It becomes much easier to understand abstract and complex concepts with the help of 3D models, instead of relying on imagination alone.
AR helps students to easily acquire, process, and remember the concepts being taught. It makes the whole learning process more fun and engaging!
The AR Lab
Practical and hand-on training are a part of any learning process. It is absolutely essential for students of science and technology. Lab experiments and demonstrations form an integral part of the curriculum. However, many times students are not given enough scope for experiments and demonstrations due to reasons like safety hazards, unavailability of proper equipments, budget constraints, shortage of trained supervisors, etc. By adopting AR technology, experiments and demonstrations can take place in constrained environments with no worries about safety issues or budget limitations.
For example, with Anatomy 4D, printed targets can be scanned, and students can witness and interact with 3D models of the human body. Experience Chemistry is another excellent example of AR, which enables virtual chemical reactions.
Artificial IntelligenceArtificial Intelligence has quietly but surely taken over our lives. From the personal assistants in our smartphones, to intelligent sensors in our cameras and the automatic parking feature in our cars, artificial intelligence is not limited to the science fiction movies any more. Whether it’s Siri or Alexa, AI is making its presence felt in all walks of life. The possibilities of using AI in education is just unfolding.
AI has already stepped into the educational arena with automatic grading and analyzing of tests. The scope of AI in providing personalized education, closing the learning gaps, tutoring and catering to learning styles is huge. It is the technology to look out for in the years to come.
Internet of Things (IoT)
IoT can form the backbone of an educational institution by automating the common tasks, sharing data and instructions, and allowing easy communication between stakeholders.
An IoT based system for colleges and schools can help keep track of major resources, create smarter lesson plans, design secure campuses, enhance information access, and do much more. With its set of advanced tools, IoT has proven to be a leader in classroom management.
IoT can also create a global network among educators and students. This can help both students and teachers to interact with their peers worldwide and indulge in anywhere-anytime learning.
Many schools are afraid of implementing school management systems due to lack of budget or infrastructure. Cloud computing is the answer to all such problems. Cloud-based school management systems are low-cost and easy to maintain. They can be accessed from anywhere in the world using a web browser. It makes parent-teacher communication easy and efficient, and helps parents access reports, circulars, records, etc. or make instant payments through their smart phones and tablets.
Mobile learning or M-Learning is an educational system that uses personal mobile devices such as smartphones, tablets or even a laptop. The study material can either be downloaded into the device or accessed online. Mobile learning allows flexibility, allowing students to access course material from anywhere at anytime.
3D printing allows students to make 3D prototypes and visualize complex structures easily. It lends better understanding to the subject be it biology, chemistry, art, archeology, or geography.
Technology is ever evolving, and so is the educational system. While the use of technology is recommended to capture the interest of students and give them the best environment for learning, it is essential to strike a balance between traditional teaching methodologies and the futuristic methodologies. Technology can help students experience things in a controlled environment, but it cannot substitute the power of imagination, creativity, practical experience and the human touch. So, take care of the most important resources schools – your teachers!