Tech in learning, simply underlines the concept of Education Technology or simply put “Edu Tech”, referencing to an amazing scenario where modern day technology is painstakingly managed to design and develop a host of hardware, software applications, interactive tools and such processes by the virtue of which learning and education could be transformed for a great social cause of educating youngsters.
Need For Interactive Learning:
This is indeed a dreaded scenario when students remain unfocussed in classroom and develop a sense of weariness over some time, as they appear unable to put up with the lengthy lessons and stereotype-like incessant lecturing from teachers and such a sense is congealed into an attitude. As such, children are seen wiped-out with little zest to learn and quest to build a skill, resulting in a complete withdrawal from education and dropping out from school.
Fortunately, with precise use of technology put into learning, tutorials become a fun-filled activity as concepts are being illustrated with a 3D animation, which young minds capture and follow quickly, else, due to easy distractions, children’s minds are quick to drift away from training.
Talking about Edu Tech, scholars have defined it as “a study and ethical practice of facilitating learning and improving performance by creating, using and managing appropriate technological processes and resources”. However, even for training workforce in selective fields, need for quality digital material is rapidly rising, making the e-learning landscape undergo frequent change.
Moreover, even the professional skill of teachers or trainers is seen refined and once a lesson is explained with use of sheer technology, young minds are set in the right direction. In other words, teachers’ role is being tapered to being a facilitator to learning and help children in easy studying, thereby reducing the burden on teachers hugely.
Some of the technologies which are likely to make deep imprints (or have made deep imprints already) in classrooms:
- Virtual Reality:
With Google’s expedition programs, ubiquitous smartphones are used to witness virtual reality while managing cardboard, which is easily available everywhere and isn’t so costly too. As for Facebook, efforts are launched to introduce gaming based upon tutorials with the use of groovy headgear. For such a purpose, Oculus Rift is purchased by Facebook Inc.
- Cloud Technology:
With this premium technology, students are encouraged to retain their study material online on cloud while enabling teachers to keep a vigil on the students’ activities and study schedule. By glancing at cloud analytics, book publishers can easily assess what school books and CDs and which of their authors are popular favourite among student community.
With such a tech mechanism, ID cards are tossed into wilderness as fingerprints, iris scanning and face recognition is relied upon, while books are issues. Going a step further and arming teachers with a kind of whip, teachers can now detect if a student is attentive or not during online classes, by involving eye-tracking technology.
- 3D Printer:
With 3D printers producing such printing, the art of explaining and presenting a tutorial has undergone a massive change. From guns to jewellery to machine components to just everything, can easily be split into minute detail and this is just the beginning of an era known as modern day engineering and specially appeal to children of elementary age.
Such is a costly technology but still, efforts are made to enable teachers to give explain assignments by this using this technology to students scattered across the globe. Really amazing to undertake a Coliseum tour right from our tables, isn’t it?
Advantages of imbibing technology in learning or teaching:
- Future oriented mode of education, as technology make deep inroads in every human activity of today,
- Such academic tutorials are easy to find and access, in today’s era of connectivity and a boon in today’s world, when we experience a corona-induced social churn globally,
- Students take pleasure in learning resulting in self learning becoming a common scenario and getting educated qualitatively becomes easier,
- Next to above point, students’ performance gets a quick flick,
- Teachers feel less burdened,
Not surprisingly, technology has become an integral part of our life and youngsters are found to be more tech savvy and devoted to new-age applications, hence, such opportunity has been pounced upon to impart teaching and as we now come across multimedia presentations are being used to describe concepts, teachers are seen managing technology to achieve their objectives in more efficient ways.
In short, classrooms are turned into fun-centric places, as learning new concepts and knowledge seeking becomes a cakewalk.
Proper Planning Required:
But, implementation and integration of tech in classroom learning, is certainly a big decision to make and requires thoughtful planning on part of school or college administration when there is a pursuit towards enhancing actual learning outcome or to augment students’ engagement and to help develop a self-guided learning tendency among youngsters.
Clearly, going by the survey, it shows that when the crucial tech tools are used and implemented tactfully, children with growing minds happen to be more attentive, more receptive, more verbal, more creative, more analytical, more expressive, more inquisitive, more global in approach, remain deeply connected, more motivated, more engaged, more inspired and more vibrant.
Sans doubt, cutting edge technology unleashes a range of benefits to quality learning, but some experts also venture into the negative side stating that due being plugged-in overly into technology and managing studies and thoughts in online mode and in virtual way, may drive young minds to sideline something, called “reality”!!!!