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Technology has changed everything around us. It changed the way we work, it changed the way we live, and now, it’s about to change the way we learn.Technologies of tomorrow are already making headway into education, creating a whole lot of opportunities for teachers and professors and allowing them to offer interactive stimulants to students, ultimately making the learning process intuitive, efficient and fun. Here are some of the new technologies that the educational system has started embracing.
3D printing is one of the most awesome technologies to come to life. In case you’ve missed it, 3D printing is a technology that allows you to “print” real objects using a special printer. The material used is a special type of plastic, and the only limitations of what you can print lie within your imagination.
In Education, 3D printing can be used to create visual representations of elements or concepts that would be difficult to understand in theory. Chemistry is the perfect example – remember when you had to learn about bonds between molecules? Now, with the use of a 3D printer, a teacher can print scaled up versions of those molecules and have the students see, touch and hold them in their hands.
While 3D printing might be able to bring some elements to life, so to say, it can prove to be insufficient for others. Think about a history lesson on World War II – printing a scaled-down army along with their hardware wouldn’t really give the student an accurate feel of the events, and printing them in real size would require a serious fleet of printers, so what’s the best approach? Virtual reality is the answer: with the help of this emerging tech, past, current, or future events can be digitally recreated, thus allowing the user to observe (and even interact, when necessary) with the elements in the virtual environment.
This is as close as it gets to actually being there.
Wearable gadgets come in different sizes and shapes, each coming with certain features, adapted to certain tasks. For example, an activity-tracker wristband can provide accurate information on a student’s performance in sports, while a smartglasses device can allow a student to record a point-of-view version of a classroom lesson, which can be extremely useful to learn from later on.
Looking forward, we might see different creative wearables being created. Imagine a pair of gloves that have built-in sensors that can 3D-scan an object the wearer holds in their hands, and the information being passed on to a 3D-printer nearby that will print a replica of said object – how cool would that be?
Motion tracking technology has a wide array of applications in education. When paired with virtual reality, motion tracking can further add to the realism and level of interaction, leading to a more immersive experience.
Eye tracking can also be used to analyze the eye movements of the students and try to better understand their learning process by determining their focus points and adapting the content to a more efficient shape.
Touchscreens might seem old technology by now, given the fact that you see them everywhere, but devices such as the Microsoft Surface Table prove that the technology has a lot to offer. A large touchscreen that supports multi-touch input has a lot of potential in classroom application, allowing students to work together on interactive tasks. Interactive touchscreen boards are not so far into the future either, with some experimental designs being tested already, so it’s just a matter of time until we see these new teamwork-friendly tools in schools as well.
Just like wearables, online platforms also come in all shapes, sizes and flavors, and some of these flavors can be put to good use in education. There are numerous e-learning platforms that offer a lot of academic content that can be used to deepen the knowledge on various subjects, or just to recap the material learned in class. Noteable examples are Khan Academy and Udemy, but there are numerous other options to choose from.
Dedicated social platforms such as YuJa can also be a solid part of a student’s education, as they allow students to socialize and work together.
By Michael Clark and Educater.co.uk!Viewing:-142
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