Are Smart Gadgets Shaping The Future Of Education?

Are Smart Gadgets Shaping The Future Of Education?

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The world is rapidly changing, and we are surrounded by technological innovations and advancements that have an impact on all sectors and societies. Today’s learners are better positioned to embrace these dynamic changes because they are either digital natives or early adopters.

To remain relevant, educational institutions have been upgrading and integrating technology into teaching practices, methodologies, and curricula. The pandemic has accelerated digital adoption, and the parent community has recognised the significance, necessity, scope, and power of technology in providing holistic education.

In the field of education, it is critical to have a forward-thinking mindset to implement best practices. Hybrid learning models enabled by technology are also becoming a reality, adding value to traditional learning systems. Technology adoption is critical to making education enjoyable, experiential, and seamless, and its role will only grow in the future.

1. Tablets in Classrooms

Tablets have become the most popular mobile device among students, and for good reason. They are small and portable enough for students to use individually, large enough for multiple students to share, and versatile enough to serve as a video player, word processor, or educational gaming device.

According to a 2015 Pearson Education study of over 2,000 students in grades four through twelve, 78% of elementary school students used tablets for schoolwork in 2014. This represents a 12% increase over the previous year. Tablet use among middle school students increased from 58% to 69% between 2014 and 2015, while tablet use among high school students increased from 42% to 49%. 

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According to the same study of educational trends, nine out of ten students believe tablets “will change the way students learn in the future.” The next generation of teachers would be wise to think about how to incorporate tablets into their curriculum, whether for giving students assignments, sharing multimedia, or any number of other applications.

2. Interactive boards

As almost all schools have already returned to physical classes in the aftermath of Covid, educators must consider a tech-enabled setup to transition students from virtual to physical classrooms. 

The use of interactive boards in schools will help students learn through 3D projection and other means. Because it provides better and more focused visual learning options, interactive boards will see much faster adoption in higher secondary classes.

3. Assistive Technology

New technologies empower students with disabilities, putting them on a more equal footing with their peers than ever before. According to the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES), just under 7 million students in the United States receive special education services, accounting for approximately 13% of total public school enrollment. 

To provide the educational support that special education students and students with disabilities require, a variety of assistive technology devices are available. The use of alternative input devices is an important educational trend in the category of assistive technology devices. These enable students with disabilities to use computers and tablets that have modified keyboards with larger buttons, cursors they can manipulate with their mouth or feet, and other features. 

Speech-to-text technology has become a reliable alternative for students whose disability prevents them from using any type of manual input device. Furthermore, more subtle technological advances, such as easy-to-read fonts that aid students with dyslexia, assist those with minor learning disabilities. 

These future education technology trends break down the barriers that separate students based on their ability to learn. Teachers who use these and other innovations will be on the cutting edge of educational leadership.

4. Augmented learning

With the help of augmented learning, the education sector can provide more focused learning opportunities. Students who have access to e-learning via augmented learning technology in an interactive environment will be able to retain information more effectively. Because of the pandemic, learning has been shifted to a virtual classroom. With the introduction of new products to the market, augmented learning will propel virtual learning to new heights. These interactions will provide virtual situations and objects to make learning more interesting and interactive.

5. AI-based learning

AI is undeniably paving the way forward in a variety of fields. The pandemic has also revealed more technological innovations and enhancements for effective and efficient performance. AI integration in schools will benefit both students and teachers. Customized education, evaluation, progress analysis, and so on will gradually accelerate the system by incorporating artificial intelligence. Simultaneously, it will be incorporated into the curriculum as India begins to implement the NEP 2020.

Technology adoption is increasing, and regular institutional upkeep is required to ensure that students get the most out of their time and resources. Investing in technology will assist students, teachers and schools in remaining relevant in a rapidly changing world. By recognizing individual capabilities and delivering as needed, technology assists in identifying learning gaps, increasing engagement, and better monitoring progress over time. 

In today’s age, technology is assisting parents in tracking movement and progress in their child’s education. Just as schools are empowering teachers through new teaching methodologies, technology is empowering parents through progressive applications and e-learning solutions by increasing parental participation in a child’s educational journey.

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