Digital transformation is sweeping through the sector and no one knows this better than you – a stakeholder in this changing face of education.
Technology is the new driver in imparting knowledge to students, both at the K-12 level and in universities. The reason is simple – it makes learning tools and techniques more accessible, cost-efficient and results-oriented. The days when one needed to haul books, notebooks and pens to school are gone for good and are being replaced completely with mobile devices such as smartphones, tablets and laptops.
You can stay abreast with these rapid changes in your sector with early adoption and swift implementation. Some of the key Wi-Fi optimized education technologies that you may want to consider are:
Laptops, tablets and smartphones – With technology becoming the pivot around which learning revolves, students are no longer confined to classrooms. Working on assignments and projects using devices like laptops, tablets and smartphones essentially means that work can be accomplished in small sections while on the move. So an assignment that is started in school can be worked on between classes, during lunch break or on the ride back home. Using eBooks and adopting Internet-based learning also bridges the divide between home and school as the same information is accessible everywhere.
Mobile devices for collaborative learning – The huge upsurge in mobile devices on the school wireless network means that, empowered by technology, collaborative learning is on the rise. The real world often requires us to work in teams – on projects, brainstorming new product lines or simply problem solving. Gaining collaborative skills, therefore, becomes important for student learning. While this was difficult to achieve in the traditional classroom set-up, modern patterns of pedagogy coupled with technology ensure that students connect with each other, and with their teachers, beyond the school boundaries and timings as they work on projects together.
Adaptive Learning – Interactive teaching devices are preferred over textbooks and notebooks in classrooms today. Tools such as smart boards allow students to actively participate in the learning process, calling upon their writing, reading, typing and even drawing skills to keep them engaged. Online educational applications provide students the platform to learn at their own pace. Many of these adaptive learning courses modify their responses and presentation of further study materials based on the students’ queries, answers and task outputs. Thus, a particular topic or module may be completed by students at their own pace, depending on their understanding and comfort level with the subject.
Learning Management Services (LMS) – LMS refers to key software that aids in comprehensive administration and delivery of electronic education. As a centralized repository of information that is accessible to various levels of users, it offers opportunities for blended learning according to individual needs and wants. It can manage each user’s performance by tracking and reporting progress. LMS takes care of the online distribution of educational and training software, updating its content management systems dynamically based on user requirement.
Video on demand (VoD) – Videos can add unmatched value to existing educational content by enhancing it manifold. This form of blended learning is picking up across educational institutions as students respond better to this “fun” form of teaching, leading to the rise of the “flipped classroom”. On-demand video streaming allows students the opportunity to revisit lessons that they may have been unable to understand well. VoD also helps universities conduct synchronous learning across various branches. They can also have SMEs address students through video conferencing.
Virtual classrooms – A student may be unable to attend classes for an extended period of time due to health issues, work or family constraints. Virtual classrooms help remote students collaborate with their peers and instructors in real time. They provide an online learning environment where students and their teacher can log in at the same time and participate in an immersive 3D environment, just as they would in a regular classroom. Additional resources are available in the form of live chat sessions or messaging capabilities.
Education technologies have transformed learning like never before. In these highly competitive times, it’s best to get in on new technologies as soon as possible. That alone can be a key differentiator between an institution where teachers merely teach and one where students truly learn, not just from the teachers, but through the world of knowledge that technology opens up for them.