Technology and the Unconventional Teaching Methods
Technological advancement is notorious for disrupting an entire industry and in turn displacing the older conventional ways that had previously been accepted. This phenomenon is now slowly creeping into our classrooms and experts fear that the older teaching tools and methods might soon be facing extinction if the trend were to continue.
In this regard, we have compiled a comprehensive list of all the ways technology has altered the way we learn today. The content is aimed at all stakeholders in the education sectors with a view of creating awareness. Let us begin.
If you would have told someone that you got your degree from an online college 30 years ago they would have laughed their head off and considered you a fraud. Today more and more of the world’s top-rated learning institutions are being forced to embrace the giant wave that is online universities and colleges. Even Ivy league behemoth such as Harvard and Stanford have let their guard down and started to offer a hybrid of an online college education.
I remember being in middle school and all the teachers had was a blackboard, some chalk, a few charts, and a pointer. Today educators are almost overburdened with a host of tools that are being touted as smart tools for smart classrooms. A great example is the interactive touch screens that are slowly becoming a regular sight at even public schools.
Gone are the days when we had to spend a week at the dusty public library combing over a mountain of books in order to get our research done. Nowadays, you can conduct a significant search using nothing but a smartphone. It is a trend that has seen the emergence of portals and applications that specialize in the provision of journals and other products of meticulous research. Furthermore, now you can even use online study plans and arrange all your lectures and studies in one place.
Remember the days when we had to sit quietly in a tense examination room for any test? The good old days where examination papers were guarded like precious jewels and examiners were your worst nightmare.
Today, our children will probably take the same test at the school computer. The topics and concepts might not have changed much but the way examinations are being taken definitely has. Don’t be surprised if you are requested to take an online test for your next job interview.
My high school math teacher came up with study groups with the aim of enabling us to find a form of community where we could assist each other with our academic endeavors. Today we don’t need a teacher to make these arrangements, online communities are in plenty.
These communities are global and information and assistance are easily available to anyone with access to the internet. I have personally benefitted from this trend as I learned the art of copywriting from a Facebook group committed to online marketing.
When I went to school, I had to physically attend each and every class. The teacher would stand in front of the classroom and deliver the lesson before tending to the attendance register.
Today students are required to attend either a live or pre-recorded webinar with their attendance being tallied by an algorithm, This is quite convenient as the teacher and their students can still interact and conduct a regular lesson even if they have a larger geographical barrier.
A mix of new and old techniques
Blended learning is an emerging trend that aims to derive the benefits of older methods while incorporating newer technologies to the classroom.
It is an approach that may provide a suitable middle ground for those who are still unsure of all the rapid technological advancements. It appeals to the more conservative stakeholders in the education field who believe that some of the older techniques are still relevant despite all the new offerings on the market.
This approach is probably the best way forward for the modern learning institution as it looks to improve what already works rather than just replace older methods with newer and shinier tools.
The introduction of technology to education is a blessing. Not only has it rekindled societies love affair with learning but it has also made the information very easy to access to those who were previously not in a position to receive it.
The future can only get better.