By 2018 the market for education technology is all set to reach a mammoth $60 billion. Our need for ‘smarter’ classrooms is the reason behind our increasing reliance on technology to make learning more interactive and engaging for students. New tools that help improve the learning environment are being released regularly, and while some of them are really good, there are others that don’t quite make the cut.
In this article, we are focusing on tools that are of great help to both students and teachers and go a considerable way in improving the learning environment at different levels. So, let’s take a look at six such tools.
Visual Communication For Everyone
This tool can also be used to improve collaboration between students who can mark-up existing images with their thoughts, and pass it on amongst themselves to understand a particular project/subject better.
A convenient collaboration tool
It’s not just teachers; even students within a group can create their own projects (provided they are allowed to) and manage all files and documents that have been created as a part of the project.
The key to this tool is that it helps you visually represent data without having any knowledge of designing whatsoever. You could even ask students to create infographics about a particular project that you’ve just taught them, to assess whether they’ve really understood it or not.
Your Own Project Wall
This tool can actually be used an interactive assessment tool, where teachers can gauge the understanding of students vis-à-vis a particular subject. All you do is click on ‘build a wall’ and start expressing your thoughts on a common topic. As is the case with all tools, it’s important to use this one well to leverage its potential. The fact that it can work on desktops, and is also available in the form a free app for iOS and Android is another point in its favor.
Learn and Be Entertained
Creation of videos fosters deep knowledge about a particular subject, and is one of the more interactive learning methodologies that can be used to explore topics in depth.
Fun with Conversations
The options are seemingly limitless. How you as a teacher or a student can use this tool to improve the learning experience is your call.
This is just a small sampling of the many wonderful education tools available on the market. Some of them have not been specifically designed for education per say, but can be used to improve the collaborative environment of classrooms and promote better learning.
Whether you’re a student or a teacher, you need to make an informed decision with respect to the tool you choose. The basis of choice should always be how well you can put the tools to use and whether you can keep using them over the long term. So understand the features and functionalities offered by a particular tool before you put them to use. This will ensure you’re able to experience all the benefits they bring to the table.
That was about tools in general. Then there are whole sites targeted at education in particular. Subscription-based services such as RankJunction can prepare students for various aptitude and entrance exams by conducting mock tests in a competitive environment. Sites such as Khan Academy have whole series of videos aimed at educating anyone who’s interested. This means the options for students, academics and educators are immense and incalculable when it comes to tools and platforms. All you need to do is choose the right one!