TECHNOLOGY IN CLASSROOMS
Toddlers, school or college folks- technology is the new playground for students. “Learn as you play” is a cliché no more. The revolution of the internet and online platforms that have swept the world has not left the education sector untouched. From playschools to high schools and universities, the blackboard has metamorphosed into a polyclinic of sorts, both literally and metaphorically!
One of the most widespread optimizations of technology is the use of power point presentations in the classrooms; explanatory slides pertaining to the subject of concern can save the day for any teacher trying to drive home the essence of the topic being discussed, or for the student making efforts to imbibe the concepts in a comprehensive manner. Such a methodology, when employed in an organized and strategic fashion, has proved time and again its usefulness and magnetic power to hook the students, right from the bookworm to the thinker.
Social media platforms have now become our second (virtual) home as we adorn those cyber walls with news and nuggets regarding various parts and thumps life serves us daily. Sure enough, professors, teachers and subject instructors have taken to online podiums like Twitter, Facebook and suchlike to post information related to assignments, projects, regular tutorials, last-minute changes to lecture-schedules, etc. Teachers also employ these social media platforms to appraise the class about the full tutorial-outline for the entire semester or academic year which helps the students to prep up in advance. Not only these, but such mediums also facilitate candid interactions between the teachers and students when it comes to sharing doubts and queries related to certain topics that might seem more demanding and gruelling to the pupil. The online platforms assist in scraping off the shyness and inhibitions that accompanies the persona of many introvert students in the class.
Textbooks and instruction manuals have been replaced by i-Pads in many American schools, since the launch of the tablet in 2010. A host of informative software applications and e-books are already available on Apple’s iTunes U Store. In a flagship program in four California districts, four students using a certain software application to learn Algebra outdid the rest who employed conventional textbooks. The impact of technology in the classroom has been unquestionably positive and fruitful.
Figuratively speaking, the social video-sharing website, YoyTube, has blasted through the distance, time and community barriers in cyberspace and furnished a mine of free lecture webcasts from the top-notch institutions and research centres of the world. In 1995, professor of computer science, Lawrence Rowe, from University of California- Berkeley, began video-recording of his lectures to post them later on the college’s intranet. The move soon attracted a huge following and other teachers followed suit, some even posting lectures on the internet for free access to outside parties as well. Since then, such videos have been watched by innumerable students, belonging to schools and institutions in different countries. Some colleges even allow students to watch educational videos during a break from their regular classes and so forth.
The integration of technology in classrooms has turned tables for the academically dormant as well as the home-schooled. Its handiwork in shaping the research, industrial and medical environment as we know today cannot be underestimated. We need to lay out ways and means to effectively implement and use them in order to further beautify the intellectual and delicate tapestry of education.