21st century students, as they are environed with technology since their birth, are more tech savvy than ever before. Young learners are confident enough to use technology as if they are destined to learn and evolve in a completely different atmosphere in relation to that of past traditional ways.
Student’s interest in technology could be a key to increase their engagement in studies. Here are some of the ways which, if followed, might come handy for the educators.
Using multimedia for better understanding
Whether, as an educator, you are trying to introduce young learners to planetary motion or human nervous system the use of infographics, videos and slide-shows are always considered a better way of understanding rather than relying on the oral description. A video presentation on a complex subject matter can ease up their effort and hold their attention for a longer time.
One of, if not the most powerful aspect of today’s educational system is its transformed viewpoint. The core of the educational system, due to the amalgamation of technology, has shifted from teacher to student. Students are empowered with decision-making rights which has a robust upshot on their participation in learning.
A language of their own
21st century students are born in an era when internet of things, big data, cloud computing are gaining their ground in a pace like never before. Today’s students are becoming more and more accustomed with ‘short succinct image-laden’ information available on the internet. They are more comfortable with this kind of ‘language’ as it delivers a better way of interpretation.
Real-life work experience
The infusion of technology in educational system has dramatically changed a classroom, from a traditional one it transformed into an active learning classroom. Computers with internet, projectors, digital blackboard, all these are equipped in a smart classroom just to make sure that students are getting engaged in ‘working’ with their studies rather than just learning.
Internet: The biggest hub of information
Students, in creative learning classrooms, are allowed to add, modify and upgrade study material with the help of information browsed through the internet. Try to picture yourself as an educator giving a lecture on Uranium and Plutonium and its position as an actinide in the periodic table in a ‘smart classroom’. Within a minute, much to your surprise, you will find them exploring a diverse range of pages linked with those two elements, from radioactivity, ‘Little Boy’, ‘Fat Man’, Manhattan Project to Hiroshima and Nagasaki, and so on.
Gamification of Education
Using educational games, to increase the eagerness to learn among the young students, is perhaps the best outcome of technology-enabled education system. Students can be motivated by allowing them to challenge others in maths class. This idea of gamification of education could be very helpful for the parents and educators who find it hard to make their kids concentrate on studies.
Utilising social media
As the popularity of social media is increasing day by day many teachers are embracing Facebook, Twitter, and other blogging websites as a platform to increase engagement among the students. Facebook has often been used as an online discussion board where an educator, if he feels the need of it, posts a topic and asks for a solution or a thorough discussion.
With active learning classrooms, technology-enabled learning devices, free flow of internet, social networking sites, students are delving deep into their studies like never before. It can finally be said that technology has transmuted our educational system in such a measure that now students can direct their own learning.