Technology Trends in Education
Admin Apr 27, 2017
The Smart Classroom
In my last blog I had discussed the inevitability of technology permeating every aspect of education except for personal care and presence. I had detailed out various forms in which technology has influenced the way we structure our classrooms. Smart classroom is one of the most common and popular expressions of Technology in education visible across the education world.
A smart classroom is one that is constituted of smart or electronic devices that enhances the whole classroom learning experience of the students. This incorporates devices like a smart board, 2D/3Dprojectors, laptops, internet connectivity and sometimes digital desk boards that relay the content form the smart board and vice versa. The ensemble of these devices combined with meticulous planning by the teacher could make the whole learning experience not only contemporary but equitable for students.
How, one may ask? Technology bridges the teaching gap by affording the teacher an opportunity to use multiple teaching aids and props which are available both online and offline. This empowers a teacher to present her content in different learning styles e.g. If the teacher has to talk about human circulatory or transportation system under Life process, then he/she could use an animated audio-video presentation of the transportation system which is readily available on YouTube and follow it up with a schematic power point presentation of the same. And to add to it assign students to draw the picture of heart with all its valves, blood vessels and label the same. If we observe carefully the teacher has not only catered to a verbal earner but also to the students who are more visual and kinesthetic learners.
The need for smart classroom is not only to make learning more equitable but also to make it more interesting for the current lot of students who are born in a time where a probably the first word a toddler might utter would be Google or Wiki instead of mama and dada. Though exaggerated it is not farfetched. Technology enables a teacher to speak in a medium and a language which is more in sync with their audience. To put it technologically if the teacher wants to sync with his/her audience it is necessary that he/she uses a user interface that is compatible with the latest processing capabilities of students who are hardwired to the world of internet uploading and downloading data at the speed of many bits per second. The world of media and newsroom channels have taken note of this shift and it is evident in the way they generate their newsroom content and we cannot and must not be left far behind.