One thing about technology that has always interested me is how impactful it can be in everyone’s daily lives, especially technology in education. The usage of tech in the classroom today is far different than it was in the past and it’s likely that this trend will continue as new technology emerges. There are a few different types of emerging tech that are expected to impact the classroom, which are:
- Virtual reality
- 3D printing
- Wearable Technology
- AI Technology
As new teaching approaches are created to enhance the use of these technologies, educational institutions are discovering exciting ways for student to learn. Emerging technology is expected to impact these three approaches in a very big way:
Through the use of educational software like Dream box and Knewton, children have personalized lessons based on their strengths, weaknesses, interests, learning pace, etc., so each child can receive the guidance they need to succeed.
1 to 1 computing
Many schools are working to give students their own laptop computers, tablets, and other devices to better facilitate tests that are given online. This helps to encourage personalized learning, improve student’s technical skills, help with complex work assignments, and enhance communication between teachers, students, and parents.
This hybrid approach, similar to what Khan Academy and Compass Learning perform, combines technology with teacher-to-student based lessons. This involves students moving between in-person lessons and online lessons throughout the day. It also offers the opportunity for online lessons related to the ones that are given by the teacher, use of Internet based lessons outside of school, and a flipped classroom approach where children watch lectures online outside of the class and then do their homework in class with the help of the teacher.
Technology in education has made great strides in improving a student’s learning career, however, market adoption of these technologies within the industry has been slow for several reasons including the cost, lack of necessary infrastructure to support the use of technologies, difficulty updating teaching methods to incorporate new technologies, and lack of long-standing evidence that full-time online schooling has any real positive impact on students.
Technology as an aid to students is always a subject of debate. Still, the funding for educational technology continues to increase and billions of dollars are spent on digital content and providing students with computer access. Technology will have an increasingly important role in education as it continues to mature and will create exciting new experiences and opportunities for students to learn.