The education systems of the world are dynamic and they are evolving continuously. Educational experts and institutions are looking out for new and better ways to enhance the learning experience of their students. Unlike the past, the teachers and instructors are now open towards new methodologies and techniques that help in improving their productivity as well as operational efficiency and effectiveness.
Like all other aspects of the society, technology has also affected the educational sector around the world. There are different technological changes and variations that have been incorporated in the teaching methods and processes to make them more effective for the students. These technologies may not have been directly developed for the educational sector only but their application in teaching can lead to tremendous beneficial results.
Changes that has been incorporated in teaching through technologies. Let us now look are some of the ways we can change teaching to incorporate new technologies:
Physical Classroom is no more a compulsion
The first thing that needs to be recognized is that the physical importance of a classroom is no longer a compulsion for good teaching practices. This means that using video conferencing and other related online technologies, students can access the teaching sessions live or recorded from remote locations as well. The need for physical presence of the student or the teacher in an educational activity has been made optional through the incorporation of latest online technologies.
Changes in teaching aides
Teaching aides are no longer limited to flash cards, the blackboard or diagrams. Things are much more revolutionized now. Use of multimedia presentations and various types of slides and audiovisual content helps enhance the teaching activity and its effectiveness for the learning process.
Access to great resource pool
Teachers can now use a much larger resource database using online access to digital libraries throughout the world. Similarly, they can enhance their teaching capabilities by using these open resources for study and reference materials allocation to the students.
The introduction of new devices
The utilization of stationary materials like pen and paper is decreasing day by day in the classroom activities. Employment of technological gadgets like laptops, smartphones, and tablets are much more convenient as well as efficient for the students and their notes. Teachers too use these latest technologies to make lesson plans, organize lectures and giving out assignments and projects in soft copy forms.
No need for textbooks and hard copies
The use of physical hard-copies of textbooks and reference material is becoming less and less significant in the current technological era. Downloading the digital copy of the book is becoming more common in the teaching practices.
Online modes of communication
Most of the correspondence between the teacher and student is now done through online modes. These may include sending messages through email or interacting on discussion boards, forums or portals. Even assignments and results are through these online mediums rather than physical means.
By using technological devices and programs in their teaching practices, teachers are more committed towards the individual students as they were in previous traditional education systems.