How Technology Is Revolutionizing Collaborative Learning In Classrooms
Posted: Mar. 17th, 2017
Analyzing the current rate of technological advancement, it is no surprise that it will affect every sector in near future. Therefore, it is necessary to prepare the today's generation for the upcoming technological world. Such preparation starts with education. More and more educational institutions are trying their hands on new smart gadgets and introducing them into their classrooms. While a student can learn a lot via internet in solitude at home, now it is even more challenging for the schools to continue the high-quality collaborative learning. Here are the ways technology can help meet this challenge.
1. Markerspace Projects
With the easy access to smart devices and internet, a student can easily learn at home. However, the classroom environment does offer several advantages that can't be gained by self-study. For instance, students learn social skills, public speaking and teamwork skills in the class. Therefore, it is necessary to engage the students in classroom activities by organizing markerspace projects, where students of common interests in specific technology can together learn and work on innovative ideas and projects. This leads of high-quality learning and understanding of the concepts.
2. Virtual Reality Or Google VR
During childhood and teenage, an individual goes through various stages of mental development, which is different for everyone. However, education is same for everyone. Thus some students find the education easy and while others may struggle with it. In order to keep everyone on the same page, Google VR is a tool that can be of great help. Several complicated concepts like the model of atom or cells in the human body or even 3D mathematical structures can be shown to students with the Google's virtual reality technology. This will help even the weak students to relate to the concepts they read in the textbook and therefore have a better understanding of them.
3. Interesting Games
Another great way to keep the students interested in learning in the classroom environment is to engage them in games and activities related to their education. For instance, puzzles and mathematical games are a great way to enhance the students' analytical skills and logical thinking. The latest technology like interactive whiteboards and smart devices can be of great help in organizing such activities. Students can be divided into teams they can be given limited time to solve the puzzles. The team finishing the task in the least time can be declared as the winner. This way the spirit of healthy competition can flourish among the students which is the key ingredient to learning.
These ideas are a great way to enhance the collaborative learning in the classrooms and many schools and universities are indeed adopting them. However, the cost and accessibility of technology is still a challenge. But it is expected that within a few years, these resources will be available to most of the schools, ready to transform their education system.
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