Major Technology Trends in Education
The use of technology in education is now days so common, teachers and students using projectors, whiteboards also visual aids like posters to relay concepts in their classroom. Skilled Educators create rich learning environments where students are introduced to develop new skills ideas and expand their perspective. Use of technology can engage students in new experiences and create a community of learners across geographical boundaries.
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We have a first look at the results from the latest survey, which polled hundreds of thousands of teachers, administrators, students, parents and community members about technology trends in education. Video for homework is on the mount, mobile computing is ‘beyond the tipping point' and at home most of the students do not use traditional computers to connect to the Internet.
Following are some major trends.
1. Personal Access to Mobile Devices:
Students overwhelmingly have access to personal mobile devices. ‘If there was any doubt in your mind that was beyond the tipping point in terms of students carrying a computer in their backpacks/pockets/ purses.
Exclusively, 89% of high schools students have access to Internet-connected smart phones, while 50% of students in grades 3 through 5 have access to the same type of devices. High school students access to tablets and laptops for their studies. In addition to personal access the survey found about a third of students have access to a device typically laptops or tablets in their school as well.
2. Internet Connectivity:
This was an interesting set of statistics showing the ways to students usually connect to the Internet when they are at home. According to the study 64 % of the students surveyed identify 3G or 4G enabled devices as their primary means of connecting to the Internet along with another 23 % saying that they connect through an Internet-enabled TV or Wi-Fi console. When asked why traditional broadband access their primary means of connectivity students said there was less contention for access with other members of the family through these non - traditional devices.
3. Use of Video for work at Class and at Home:
Video is another tool which has been on the rise in recent years. Although presentation focused on students it is noted that 46% of teachers are using video in the classroom. One-third of students are accessing video online through their own initiative to help with their homework. Additionally 23 % of students are accessing video created by their teachers.
4. Mobile Devices for Student's Schoolwork:
Students are leveraging mobile devices both to be more efficient in their day to day tasks and to transform their own learning processes. 60% of students are using mobile devices for anytime research 43 % for educational games whereas 40 % for collaboration with their peers. 33 % of students surveyed use mobile devices for reminders and alerts related to their academic lives, 24 % for taking photos of their assignments and 18 % for in class polling.
Surprisingly, it is noted 12 % of the students responding said that they use mobile devices to text questions to their instructors while in the classroom.
5. Using Different Tools for Different Tasks:
With the proliferation of so many tools it's surprising that students are designing "best-fit" solutions for their very specific needs. Rather than using one or even a few platforms for different tasks students are increasingly savvy about taking advantage of the benefits of the tools available. Using video, social media and cell phones for communications student use e-readers for reading texts and articles also student write, take notes and do research on laptops.
As the Internet and related technologies continue to evolve in businesses and school boards across the nation are turning to technology in the classroom to more effectively engage learners; enhance performance; and improve the quality of learning. Accordingly, the demand continues to increase for education professionals who want to expand their skills in the integration of technology into their professional settings.
Students today are connected to technology in education in ways that we could never ever imagine. Students take full advantage of internet. Best educational programs and innovative technological programs in schools and colleges also students engage through these technologies.
Technological advances have blow up. Schools have not been left out in these advancements. Technologies in classrooms have become increasingly trendier.