Education should be the fundamental right of every individual. The traditional method of imparting education is getting obsolete. Even though technology is booming, we are yet to use it to its full potential. Still, there are barriers that we need to overcome in the field of imparting education. With the help of technology, classroom teaching can evolve such that the barriers that exist today won’t be there tomorrow. So we are going to discuss some of the cool technologies that are going to shape future classrooms.
- Cloud-based learning
With the help of technology, you don’t need physical presence to attend a class. A Virtual Learning Environment (VLE) are being enforced in many schools to encourage student participation. Online participation using Skype, podcasts, etc. will prove highly interactive and helpful. A student may have a lot of constraints in attending lectures. He/she can then record the lecture and go through it later.
With the advent of MOOC (Massive Open Online Course), availability of resources for learning anything anywhere has become possible. There are a huge number of online websites providing access to this high-quality courses which enables us to learn anything from programming to digital marketing to sales.
- Educational Games and Apps
Games and Apps provide the highly interactive platform and kids find that attractive. It is difficult to make a 5 yr old kid sit down with a notebook. But hand him/her a mobile phone and notice the difference. There are educational apps and games which are making kids learn a lot of things apart from the textbook teaching. Google Sky Map is an application which can be used to identify stars and constellations in the sky. You can easily find plenty of educational games at myeducationhub.com, alternatively you can also play games at miniclip or other flash games sites.
- Virtual Reality(VR) and Augmented Reality(AR)
With this technology, students can interact in a 3D environment which makes it both enjoyable and simple to learn. Complex situations are simulated in a simple manner and students are able to visualize them which makes understanding difficult concepts easy. It can be experienced in 2 ways.
The first is a desktop setup where we can explore the simulated environment using controllers. The second is the installation of HMDs (Head Mounted Device). Oculus VR is a Facebook-backed the startup which is making tremendous efforts to improve our experience with VR. One good scenario where VR can be used: History teacher teaching the students an archaeological site. The students are allowed to roam in the virtual space exploring various sights and its significance. See Google Expeditions for more information. If it is used there won’t be any need to mug up the book and vomit it in the exams. Using VR, the students will have actually learned something.
- 3D Printing
This technology will give your imagination a form of its own. If you are building something innovative and you get to have a model of it to experiment and improve its features. Sounds impressive. The 3D printer produces mini-models which test engineering principles so that students can perfect their design before building an actual prototype. For e.g. just imagine, molecular 3D structures that we learned were a bit difficult. But if there was a printed model, how easy it would have been for us!
Try out these new cool things. And suggest your teachers or authorities to go with the trends.