Evolution has happened continuously throughout human history. In education a new evolutionary stage is occurring. The way of conversing information has developed over time from using chalkboards and pen and paper to smart boards and computers. This blog is observing the different types of technology on the market, today, which are advancing the teaching experience in primary and high school education.
In this modern era 89% students have access to computers at school or at home (KewalRamani, Gilbertson and Fox, 2007). With the wide of information available from the internet; teachers a wide range of educational recourses available. Such recourses were previously restricted to books and writer recourses. There are many sites across the internet, where teachers are able to share and observe learning resources with their peers. According to Perrault (2007) these recourses are very useful to teachers because it allowed the transference of knowledge and material across peers. An example of a educational resource site is (Pitchford, 2013).
The internet has another feature which has recently been popular, online homework diaries. An example of such a website allows both pupil and pupils parents the ability to access homework, check out websites and source material to help with the homework and allows parents to see if there child has completed the work. (The Homework Diary, 1997)
Due to software creation being user friendly, teachers create fun actives, which they can share with other teachers. An journal by Tannahill, Tissington & Senior (2012) concluded educational games keep kids help more engaged and thus they learn more efficiently. Teachers are creating not only educational games; sites like Anki (Elmes, n.d.) allow children to make their own flash cards. This software has cross platform compatibility, so these flash cards can be accessed on smart phones and tablets. This allows education to become multi-media unit and can be access at throughout a person’s life via technology.
The internet has been made even more accessible in the class rooms due to interactive smart boards (Anderson-SmartBoard, 2013). These devices are changing the way people teach. Students do not have to copy notes due to physical copies saved on the teachers’ computers. This is leading to changes in how students are being taught in the classroom. Teachers by using smartboards encourage students engage more in presentation and have discussion. (Preston & Mowbray, 2008).
A new trend that is being implanted into education some countries is e learning. E learning is includes many type of media including streaming video, audio and imagines. A case study of e learning is, Saudi Arabia. Saudi Arabia has started to structure its schools on the basic principles of e learning. In 2008 spend the king of Saudi Arabia spend 17.5 Billion pound to make sure a majority of Saudi classrooms were able to incorporate E-learning equipping such as hardware smart boards. According to a study done by Zhang (2004), this new style of learning has increased the amount encoding done during class then traditional methods.
However, being in such an early stage of development the properly execution of eLearning has yet to be understood. According to an article called The Disadvantages of Online Learning (2011) the disadvantages of eLearning are: lack of pubic speaking and student interaction due to the isolation of the computer. Thus Shen et al. (2013) stated a mix of eLeaning and traditional education could be used in teaching. This would allow the use of the multi media aspect of e learning and the social integration of a typical classroom, this is called blended learning. Shen et al. (2013) did a study and found a positive responce from students when being taught via blended learning..
In conclusion, we need to start incorporating more eLearning into schools. With so much technology at our discretion, we need to use it’s learning potential to its full extent. However we must still to allow class integration and socialisation, so students and not completely dependent on computers for integration.
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Tannahill, N., Tissington, P., & Senior, C. (2012). Video games and higher education: what can “Call of Duty” teach our students?. Frontiers in Psychology, 3.
Elmes, D. (n.d.). Anki. Retrieved October 10, 2013, from http://ankisrs.net/
Preston, C., & Mowbray, L. (2008). Use of SMART Boards for teaching, learning and assessment in kindergarten science. Teaching Science, 54(2), 50-53.
Anderson-SmartBoard. (2013). Research Skills: Learning to Take Notes Using the Smart Board [Web log post]. Retrieved from http://anderson-smartboard.wikispaces.com/Lesson+-+Using+the+SmartBoard+to+Take+Notes+for+Research+Project
Pitchford, G. (2013, October 4). Primary Resources. Retrieved October 10, 2013, from http://www.primaryresources.co.uk/
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The Disadvantages of Online Learning. (2011). In Elearning-companion. Retrieved October 11, 2013, from http://www.elearning-companion.com/disadvantages-of-online-learning.html
Shen, Y. W., Reynolds, T. H., Bonk, C. J., & Brush, T. A. (2013). A Case Study of Applying Blended Learning in an Accelerated Post-Baccalaureate.Journal of Educational Technology Development and Exchange (JETDE), 6(1).