Many teachers argue about using technology in educational institutes. They feel that the use of technology will deepen the division between the wealthy and the underprivileged kids. However, students who are leveraging technology for learning, goes without saying, are much ahead of those who are entirely dependent on conventional classroom-based learning. Today, teachers are encouraging students to acquire and use technology to explore new ways of learning.
As per the 2011 survey findings, conducted by education solutions provider Cengage Learning and higher education research firm Eduventures, 71% of the US students who are attending full-time classes and 77% of those who are attending classes part-time prefer more technology-based tools in classrooms. According to the executive vice president of new media for Cengage Learning, William Rieders, “Companies need to develop innovative technologies that make it easier to keep today’s students more engaged and better equipped for future educational success.”
In this article, we will try to find out the possible ways to use technology in learning.
Use of Cell Phones, Laptops, and Tablets
Organizations have found out more and more students prefer to use their cell phones, tablets, and laptops in schools and colleges. Many students nowadays are taking the help of internet to do their homework. However, internet is still unavailable in many schools. Cell phones are also increasingly being used by learners to text important links of the lessons presently taught in the classroom.
Online Social Media
Online social media helps students stay in touch with the faculty as well as with their friends in an easy and quick way. Cloud-based social media websites, such as Facebook, Twitter, and so on help students instantly post any interesting write up about lesson(s). Social media sites are extremely powerful tools to connect and share learning information with students to keep them focused and interested.
Social Publishing Tools
Many teachers are using YouTube and such other popular social publishing tools to make their classes highly engaging. For example, after you decide the topic that you would teach the next day, go to YouTube and search for videos on the chosen topic. Then download the videos to your computer to use them in the class the next day. The videos will help students learn fast and they can easily ask you questions, if they fail to understand any section that is displayed. Thus, social publishing tools such as YouTube help in offering an excellent enjoyable teaching experience to the students.
Organization Website and Blog
Almost all students, in this age of technology, want to have easy access to course materials and classes. The best way to let potential students easily have unlimited access to your course catalogs is by developing a website of your own. Your organization website and blog should include all class-related information to ensure students register for your offline classes easily and quickly.