When you look into a classroom today, it can often seem like traditional learning methods are nowhere to be found. New technologies and educational services allow students to turn away from encyclopedias and experience an immersive, interactive and accessible education. From tablets to 3D-printers, here are some of the ways the digital age is reshaping education.
1 – Paper is a thing of the past
According to Professor Neil Selwyn of Montash University, textbooks will disappear from the classroom within a decade. A growing number of teachers are opting to expand learning into a digital atmosphere by providing students with tablets and computers in the place of traditional reading materials. Students today use tablets, computers, digital blackboards and even their phones to educate themselves. Not only does the transfer to digital education benefit the environment, but it expands educational boundaries so students can continue to learn outside the classroom.
2 – ‘Flipped education’ is the learning of the future
Besides allowing students to access educational sources at home, incorporating digital technology in the classroom also helps revolutionise ways of learning. By allowing students to interact with their learning materials, you teach them to actively seek knowledge instead of just passively consume information from a teacher. This turns students into independent learners who can use their internet at home to continue learning.
3 – Digital education benefits parents too
It’s almost certain that with evolving education policies, parents sometimes struggle with helping their children at home, whether it’s with homework or class projects. Introducing digital learning in your classroom will help parents and guardians of your students have access to their children’s courses as well, which will allow them to provide full support at home.
4 – Digital learning does not limit itself to Wikipedia
Turning to digital education doesn’t mean surrendering strong academia for sources like Wikipedia. There is a world of digital platforms available via the internet that allow your students to have a well-rounded and expansive education. Students can use the web and a growing number of social networks not only to converse with other students across the globe but also to access information that might not be readily available to them through and other academic platforms, which will only add to the education they are receiving in a classroom.
As far as digital learning has come, it is sure to expand in the next few years. With advances in 3D and virtual reality technology, it’s possible to see a future where students can experience and see what they’re learning within the comfort of their school or home. By adopting digital learning and embracing the wonders the internet brings to education, the sense of ‘classroom’ is at the students’ fingertips.