The education sector is still largely based on traditional learning styles and mediums. We find numerous schools and colleges imparting classroom-based teaching with students attending the classes round-the-clock. However, a significant number of educational institutes are embracing technology in imparting education to students.
In this article, we have decided to discuss the most recent attempts of using technology in learning and what has been the result so far.
A visit to most of the US school and college campuses confirm the fact that a majority of students are relying on mobile phones to share text messages, website links, and emails with their friends. An interesting observation is the number of Smartphone being used in colleges and universities for peer-to-peer communication. Mobile phones enable anyone, residing at any place across the world, to send/receive SMSs and links of important class documents in a few seconds.
Tablets, particularly the iPad, have brought in lots of excitement in the way people learn and share course materials with others. iPad acts as an excellent collaboration tool for real-time conversation, interaction, chatting, and sharing of learning materials and images with fellow classmates.
Social Media Websites
Social networking websites, such as Facebook, Twitter, MySpace, Bebo, and more, are increasingly used by individuals and organizations to build strong online networks. Educational organizations are joining like-minded communities, as found on these social media sites, to discuss about their products and services. Educational institutes are also opening their accounts in Facebook, Twitter, and so on to attract more individuals to attend their classes.
Helps Avoid Distractions for Young Students
Audio, video, and multimedia elements help in enhancing the attentiveness of students, particularly that of the young ones. Kids, especially have a tendency to live in their own world, unless some highly interesting way is invented to draw their attention. Hence, schools have started acquiring technology such as on-screen demonstrations, animations, and so on to attract young students’ attention toward learning.
Many K12 schools and colleges are developing PPT or PowerPoint presentations, adding relevant texts and colorful images to let students enjoy studying. Institutes are also encouraging live question-answer sessions in between classes to find out students’ actual involvement with the subject-matter that is taught.
Online learning has, therefore, revolutionized the way education is acquired and delivered. Use of various techniques, such as audio-video conferencing and social integration via different social media tools, have made cloud-based learning highly popular among school and higher level students. Today, teachers have the discretion of offering education from any remote place. Similarly, students can obtain a degree sitting at the comfort of their home or while working.