Top 5 Tech Advancements Changing the Face of Education

There is no doubt that technology has become heavily integrated into our everyday lives. There is almost no escaping it. We rely on our cellphones and laptops for everything whether it be finding a recipe for dinner or researching the hottest stocks.

Education has also been heavily influenced by the integration of technology as it is fast becoming the only way to reach students. In addition to the use and promotion of several LMS, there have been several other tech advancements that have forever changed the face of education. The top 5 of these tech advancements include:

Social Media

While the use of social media in classrooms has raised a bit of alarm, the overall benefits of using social media far outweigh the detriments. By using social media platforms, such as Facebook and Twitter, in the classroom teachers have seen an increase in grades and classroom participation – even less sociable students have become more participatory. As social media becomes more prevalent in the everyday lives of students, teachers will have to integrate the platforms into the classroom if they wish to keep their students engaged.

Online Classrooms

Not everyone has the schedule that fits into the traditional university setting. For years, those that were unable to obtain a college degree through traditional means were simply left to do without. However, since the start of online degree programs, thousands have been able to pursue the degrees they want on their own time, affording them the opportunity to pursue more financially stable degrees.

Tablets

Classrooms are becoming more technologically involved than ever before. In fact, most students can’t even remember walking in to a classroom that didn’t have a computer or some piece of technology that was used on a regular basis. Tablets not only offer students the chance to browse for information in quick fashions, but they also allow them to more easily collaborate on projects and become more engaged in their learning process. They have become exceptional tools that soon every classroom will strive to have.

Smartphones

Schools have long battled the use of cell phones in school; however, the smartphone, like the tablet, have had different receptions. In addition to providing access to social media platforms which allow students to more freely interact, they also provide easy access to useful information which betters a child’s overall learning experience. They also offer numerous apps designed to help students better budget their time and create more efficient schedules to complete their school work.

Free Online Resources

Access to education online has by far been the biggest advancement in education. Like never before, students are able to access any type of information about any subject matter they choose. Khan Academy, YouTube, and numerous others forums have bettered the learning experience and allowed student access to resources necessary to supplement their own education.

As we continue to build upon our technological age, the use of the internet and different gadgets in the classroom will only become more and more prevalent. The classrooms that survive and thrive will be those that aren’t afraid to push the envelope and integrate current technologies into their curriculum.

4 Comments

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  2. MikePhelps

    December 15, 2011 at 9:12 pm

    Study Hall app (www.studyhallapp.com) combines Social Media, Online Classroom and Tablets.

    It is a free app on iPad, Android, Web and facebook that allows students and teachers to work together via “online study halls”.

  3. jim_miller

    January 13, 2012 at 7:10 am

    Great post Alex! Free online resources can bring in the interactivity of experiencing while learning. For instance, open online textbooks come with a healthy dose of text and videos on a same platform. Reading skills aren’t sacrificed in the name of interactive learning. They are distributed for free under Creative Commons licensing. One can distribute or re-purpose them without having to worry about violations. They can be a great tool to bring the cost of textbooks down. I recently read a story about Minnesota school district in collaboration with CK-12 – a non-profit, saving $175,000 by writing its own online textbooks which can be printed as well. http://goo.gl/AvZS6

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