If COVID-19 has taught us anything, we need to be prepared to transition our teaching and shifting our learning from offline to online. Arguably, this new normal can cause many frustrations and concerns for parents, faculty, and students, mainly due to the amount of screen time spent for educational purposes.
While this may be the case, we can assure you of the benefits of using technology in the teaching-learning process outweigh the disadvantages.
A study was run by looking at first-year and senior students who underwent online courses. The data was collected from the National Survey of Student Engagement. After reviewing the data, they found that technology has positive effects on engagement, and the first-year students were had higher quantitative reasoning capabilities, however, the senior students found their engagement declined and so did their collaboration.
For both educators and students, learning sometimes can become a bit boring, especially when the information is taught in the same way. Technology enables students to become creative when doing their projects as they can design, present, and create.
Similarly, teachers can create different types of tests other than the standard written ones. These could be multi-choice, listening, or interactive exams.
Not only does technology make learning more fun, but it also increases the chances of collaboration. Teachers can organize students into groups based on their ability and collaborate virtually, without the classroom distractions.
The Open University of Israel ran a study testing 118 undergraduate students aged 16-54 on collaboration via Google Docs. None had used this software before this experiment. During this study, several groups had to read the same academic material and write up a document about it in 400 words.
Following this, the groups had to review other participants’ documents and suggest improvements in writing and Google Docs. Due to the docs’ collaboration feature and sharing, the researchers found that these documents were the most improved than the written ones. Therefore, using the technology the researchers discovered that people collaborated better online as opposed to offline.
COVID-19 has taught most of the education sector that learning needs to go on. Who knows in the future, how often schools will need to work from home? Plus, how many children miss out on their education when unwell or on vacation.
Because of this, using technology when teaching is fantastic for distanced learning. All students need is an internet connection, and they can gain access to lessons, courses, or content from anywhere and on the go.
Long gone are the days of paper trails and writing down students existing and predicted grades. Technology allows teachers to keep on top of student’s grades from one place. This is because many platforms will enable you to input student’s grades and review their progress.
In particular, one is our software Room 4010, which allows teachers to see the top performers in their class and review students’ grades by each subject!
Online learning allows students to take control of their learning. Professor Sugata Mitra ran an experiment known as the school in the cloud involving a self-organized learning environment.
This was a study that gave students around the world access to a computer for learning. What happened was an educator asked them a difficult question, and the students took it upon themselves to research answers, holding in-depth conversations.
In one school, the teachers asked as the students aged 4-19 in the North East of England GCSE questions for Biology and Physics. After 45 minutes of asking, the research showed an average of 25%, 16%, and 13%. However, three months later, the students were asked the same questions without any teaching about them. Their average scores rose to 57%, 80%, and 16%, showing the children took it upon themselves to learn.
Technology is advancing all the time and is becoming a necessity in our daily lives. This means there are a large number of jobs that heavily depend on technology to operate. In addition to learning facts, figures, and specific subjects online, technology develops student’s skills without them realizing it. Therefore by the time they graduate, they’re prepared for life’s lessons.
Room 4010 integrates your institution into one mobile and desktop-friendly user face. Our software enables teachers to set assignments, questions and course content for students in their class.
Likewise, administrators can create courses, classrooms, see who is taking annual leave and detect top performers by their grades. Most importantly, students can take control of their own learning, choosing to flick between class notes, the upcoming curriculum and important educational dates. Never has learning and teaching been so enjoyable.
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