What are the Tools and Resources Used for Modern Classroom?

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Modern Education

The advancement of human civilization is significantly influenced by Education. The way that people learn has changed significantly over time and continues to evolve as a result of developing technology. However, thanks to the internet and other digital technology, online learning is becoming more popular than ever.

What is Modern Education?

Modern education is the contemporary version of education that is taught in schools and learning institutions in the 21st century. Modern education doesn’t just focus on prominent academic disciplines of Commerce, Science and Arts but also aims to foster critical thinking, life skills, value education, analytical skills and decision-making skills in students. 

What is the Purpose of Modern Education?

Here are the key purposes of modern education:

  • To foster essential life skills, critical thinking, decision-making skills and analytical competencies in its learners.
  • To facilitate a positive approach towards diversity, inclusion, compassion and a sense of responsibility in students.
  • To create a fun and engaging learning process.
  • To incorporate educational technology to make the learning environment more experiential with a key focus on real-world applications of concepts.
  • To build an equal relationship between the teacher and learner and foster the curiosity of students and teach them to inquire and ask questions rather than the passive traditional approach.

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Lack of resources in classrooms

The lack of resources in the classroom can cause extreme distress, as students are unable to learn to their fullest potential because they are not receiving proper resources.

According to the most recent UNESCO Study, a lack of infrastructure and resources is having an impact on the growth of artificial intelligence (AI) in India’s education sector.

The UNESCO report provides a view of the different dimensions and proposals for potential uses of AI in the educational context in India, if continued, adding that the NEP emphasizes the integration of AI in education and encourages quality and skill-based education.

Effective resource management 

School administration can begin the process of effective resource management by first asking what are their goals for the school. Determining these goals will allow administrators to focus their attention on specific areas of need. It may be beneficial to examine a school’s current resources pool to determine if any existing resources can be reallocated to better support students and teachers’ needs.

While school administrators are responsible for setting the strategic vision for the school, they do so without input from teachers. Asking for teachers to share priorities and areas of need can help school administrators identify priorities they might not otherwise be aware of.

Here are some learning resources for modern classroom teaching

What are traditional teaching aids:

Let us first discuss some important teaching aids and methods of teaching which we have been using and are still using in many of our schools. 

The usual traditional teaching aids are blackboards, textbooks, charts, pictures, posters, maps, atlases, globes, flashcards, flip cards, worksheets, science lab apparatus and materials, models, crossword puzzles, quizzes, storytelling, dramatization, one act plays, dictionaries, encyclopedias, reference books, learning toys and abacus. Let us learn about these teaching aids one by one. 

Modern Teaching aids:

Modern teaching aids include computers, internet surfing, laptops, electronic notebooks, e-readers, computer educational games, online dictionaries, online encyclopedias, picture dictionaries, talking dictionaries, online tests, online e-books, audio-video teaching aids.

For learning various subjects including languages; PowerPoint slides and games; flash educational games; Lesson relayed on radio through satellites; lessons on TV relayed by certain TV channels; Educational CDs and DVDs, projectors; interactive whiteboards also called smart boards etc. Let us discuss some of the most important modern teaching aids.

In the past, you couldn’t imagine a classroom without a teacher standing at the blackboard with chalk in hand, drawing diagrams and pictures or writing lesson notes on the blackboard that the students frantically copied in their notebooks. Though the same method continues in most Indian schools, many of them have transitioned to incorporate the modern methods of teaching as well.

The best is to make use of both the traditional as well as modern methods of teaching. Teachers of today have to keep abreast of the modern technology available for teaching and use each and every opportunity to get their classrooms equipped with the same.

They will have to change their teaching strategies according to the need of the hour and be selective in choosing teaching aids relevant to the lessons and subjects they teach. 

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