Every student has a different capacity to understand and grasp new concepts. As a result, “the one size fits all” model of learning can’t benefit students to excel in their career. Teachers are experimenting with various innovative techniques to deliver personalized learning to the students and technology in the classroom is helping them achieve this goal.

Technology In Education has transformed the way students learn.

Today, digital books and Chromebooks are providing limitless access to resources and fun ways of learning. With the access to the internet, students are developing skills that are necessary for the 21st century.

 

Most of the educators are unaware that technology in education, technology in the classroom and technology in schools have different aspects, benefits, and models.

First of all, let’s understand the difference between the three:

Technology In Education:

Earlier when students used to check do research on the internet at their homes or in computer labs, they used to learn from different videos, documents, infographics from Google. Teachers used to play interactive and informative videos on VCRs and Projectors. This was the introduction of technology in education.

Technology In The Classroom:

On the other hand, to attain student attention educators have started utilizing smart devices with their teaching methods. Allowing iPads and tablets is the ultimate way of integrating technology in the classroom.

Technology In The Schools:

Smart attendance, e-Report cards, online parent-teacher interactions are a part of technology in the school model.

Now that you have understood the difference lets move on to the importance of technology in the classroom.

Providing easy interaction, Chromebooks are creating an effective communication platform for teachers and students. Teachers simply upload the lecture videos on the Google classroom and students can access it from any time, anywhere. It allows easy tracking of lectures, if a student misses any lecture, then he/she can easily access it online.

But learning is not limited to, digital content like videos and real-time notes. Teachers are integrating technology in the classrooms in various innovative ways. There are different models available that educators have included in their classrooms.

Let’s Look at Some Popular Learning Models:

Inquiry-based learning:

Inquiry-based learning is about triggering the curiosity among the students. By feeding information without addressing their curious questions, teachers restrict the scope of self-development. If students are allowed to ask questions, research as well for a given concept, then they tend to grasp new learning quickly.

What can be better than Google to research? Integrating technology in the classrooms allows students to do the research to feed their curious minds.

Inquiry-based learning ideas allow educators to give ownership to students. The sense of responsibility encourages students to learn and search more about the topics. As a result engagement increases amongst students and teachers.

Maria Janet is working with fourth-grade classroom and has implemented inquiry-based learning in her teaching methods. According to her “The hardest thing for a teacher is to give up the control. I wasn’t sure about the outcome but wanted to try it for once. When I initiated my first inquiry-based lesson plan, it was magical. The students who never show interest in the classroom were participating actively ”

Let’s talk about some tools that educators are using for effective inquiry-based learning:

  1. Stoodle:

The web tool provides interactive virtual boards. The students can post their queries, while peers and teachers can post the answers.

  1. Popplet:

It is an effective tool for teaching mind-mapping to the students. It allows students to learn about creating relationships between the facts, thoughts, and images they have about a certain topic.

Personalized Learning Program:

Teachers are using personalized learning technology as a reciprocative way of training students to learn independently. It is used to help students achieve their goals and objectives at their own pace.

To implement personalized learning classroom, Schools around the world are integrating technology into the classrooms. They link all the resources with various departments so that, students can access all the resources from their iPads. They don’t have to leave the classroom for any kind of resource, even the library is linked with the iPads.  Whenever they complete an assignment the teacher checks their efficiency and decides if they are ready to move to the next concept or skill.

The following are the tools to leverage personalized learning model:

  • Microsoft OneNote:

It allows easy planning of lessons and organization of course content in the digital notebook.  One has easy online and offline access. Teachers can provide real-time feedback and coaching using stored content and can share instant feedback to students.

  • Classskick:

Classkick is the right tool for the teachers to help them integrate personalized learning in the classrooms. It shows teachers in real time, what exactly the students are doing. Teachers can prepare and update assignments for each student.

Flipped classroom lessons:

Flipped classrooms learning is about the flipping traditional learning method where students learn in the classroom and do lessons at home. In a flipped classroom learning teachers utilize digitization by integrating technology in the classrooms, students are asked to learn through videos or online lectures at home and do the assignments in classrooms.

The teachers create a video lecture for the topic and students can watch the video and discuss it with peers and teachers online. It allows students to learn at their own pace and timing. Students are not forced to focus at a particular time, they can learn whenever they desire to learn and study.

Let’s check the case of St. Xavier’s School, The teachers create an assignment and give the students a list of resources and they research about the concepts and revert back with their research. The students are asked to prepare themselves for quizzes, games, and assignment at home and make learning at home. At school, they do the assignments in teams with the use of resources and search engines.

Following are the tools that you can use for flipped learning:

  • TES Teach:

The application is available for desktop as well as mobile apps. It allows storing all the content at one place. The teacher can create interactive and fun lessons from the application, by using the resources available as well as online resources. The students can then access the lessons from the application at any time.

  • edPuzzle:

It allows the use of videos from YouTube, Khan Academy, and Crash Course and much more as well as the creation of videos as well. It allows interactive lesson creation and planning with a self-paced feature for students. The teacher can have a track of the students like; how many times the video is being watched by each student or who has watched it and who hasn’t.

The above set of tools and use cases are just a few examples, you can witness a lot more around you. Integrating educational technology in the classrooms will not only enhance the learning experience but also collaborates with students with various learning methodologies.

Students today are driving innovation, they have curious minds and are willing to collaborate and experiment with new ways of learning to feed their inquisitive minds. This is the reason that educators are developing educational apps to integrate education technology in their teaching methods. There is no doubt that educational apps are a successful idea and educators are earning a fortune amount of money from the apps.

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