What does the future of learning has in store for us? What the future classrooms would be like? Most of us in the field of educational technology are often inundated with these types of questions.
Education technology is growing by leaps and bounds. Backed by robust advancements and years of innovation, the answers to the above mentioned questions are not entirely unknown. They have been hiding under our noses for quite some time. We were just ignorant enough to not acknowledge them.
While augmented reality, cloud computing and 3D printing are paving the way for the future of education, we are yet to experience how these might influence the way we educate our students. There are, however, certain existing tools and technologies that can be exploited for a better classroom experience.
Carefully assess the needs of your classroom and choose from the following tools to make learning a better experience for your students:
1. Duolingo: Duolingo is an amazing piece of technology that gamifies the language learning process. It is one of the best language learning applications out in the market and its biggest advantage is that it comes free of cost. With Duolingo, you don’t have to struggle to get your students to pay attention to their chosen language out of the classroom. It is a convenient supplement for off-class education, perfect for practice and homework.
2. Google Docs: Google Docs allows for real-time collaboration and is an enriching experience for group projects. With its ceaseless archiving, teachers get to see who actually contributes to the project being worked upon. From presentations to analytical assignments, Google Docs is one thing your students will thank you for.
3. StayFocused: In this connected world where we reside, it’s pretty common to see work and pleasure twine. In the face of such distractions, Stay Focused helps students stay connected to the internet while blocking certain distractions and notifications from cropping up for periods you can decide. Such tools not only prevent the students from deviating to unimportant distractions but also help them learn the importance of staying focused.
4. Prezi: Prezi is a presentation tool that allows for the creation of highly intriguing, dynamic and interactive presentations. It helps them learn the art of effective communication which will subsequently help them stand in good stead in college and professional career. It will further teach them to successfully use good designs to their advantages.
What the future holds is still not known. What’s known is the fact that education in the future would no longer be confined to schools and classes. Implementing the available technology would impart our students with wisdom to see education as a critical part of their development rather than a chore.