Explained: The importance of educational technology in 21st century classrooms

In a recent conversation with a friend, we all talked about the differences between what we learned in school and what our children learn. It was an interesting anecdote about English. Do you remember how we learned English? CHARM was Charm or THINK for reflection. Reaching the present, our children today are learning not only the alphabet, but also how CH or TH sound.

Phonetically based language learning includes alphabet spelling plus speech and sound. This makes learning faster and better than previous methods, in which children can read well, but not necessarily speak well.

For the older generation, this may sound new, and for new parents – an innovative method of learning. While this is true, if we think a little further, we will find deeper consequences than it seems on the surface.

Language is the basis of communication. Most of us are attracted to good speakers. Good communication or public speaking skills mean more confidence. Greater confidence leads to respect, admiration and success. And it all starts with how to pronounce CH

This is the value that new pedagogies and curricula can bring to K-12 education at all levels. As NEP 2020 is so succinctly stated in the school curriculum and pedagogy, “learning must be holistic, integrated, enjoyable and engaging”.

The goal of education in the new age is not only cognitive development, but also character building, creating holistic and well-rounded personalities equipped with 21st century skills.

Looking back at the language, teaching has evolved from writing on a blackboard or using textbooks to get students to memorize.

Nowadays, many educators use a more visual, interactive process that includes videos on YouTube, PowerPoint, or applications, voice recordings, or simulations. This helps students to imagine, experience and thus remember better. Such an interactive environment is possible today, thanks to the integration of technology in educational pedagogy.

At every stage of learning, new pedagogical approaches are largely supported by technology, especially in the post-pandemic hybrid education era.

Let’s look at some of the transformative technology aids currently used by schools and teachers.

MULTIMEDIA AND INNOVATION IN THE CLASSROOM

As schools prepare for the gradual restructuring of the school curriculum and pedagogy under NEP 2020, ed-tech companies have a number of technology products and applications that can help at all levels of K-12 training.

For example, Eupheus ‘Step and Learn’ can help teachers create learning games and experiences tailored to the needs of individual schools. The games are projected on the floor from the ceiling. Children use their hands and feet to interact with the floor (through motion sensors) to help them play games. ‘

Step and Learn helps children play together, encouraging collaboration from an early age.

EXPERT INTEGRATION THROUGH HOME, ROMA LEARNING

Research shows that in online learning, students are less confident in asking questions; student interaction increases, as does the variety of opinions in classroom communication. Many students also prefer to communicate with teachers online rather than in person, improving the teacher-student relationship and building trust.

In addition, specialized digital or online programs can help students book one-on-one or smaller sessions with teachers. They can listen to lectures, look at learning models based on results, and solve and visualize problems to suggest solutions.

For subjects such as mathematics, science, or foreign languages, specialized laboratories can help children think logically, solve critical problems, and evaluate difficult topics.

“EXPERIMENTAL, RESULT-BASED” EXERCISE

Experiential learning is another aspect in which educators and ed-tech companies have created great innovations. Some solutions provide knowledge in a personalized and meaningful way.

They carry a variety of multimedia options that can be used by students and teachers according to their preferences. Since there are tools for recording most lessons, any student who misses a lesson can return and watch it at a time convenient to them. This reduces the dependence of teachers and further opens up modes of questions and search for answers.

Learning and information sharing become more abstract and discussion-driven, allowing students to be more active, discuss different points of view, participate in fact-finding missions, and have a more competitive, passionate way of thinking. Knowledge is transmitted in a more meaningful way than meaningless vomiting.

REAL-TIME REVIEW TEST AND SYSTEM

As teaching and learning become more in-depth, assessment methods become more in-depth. Using an integrated technology dissemination platform, for example, can allow teachers to assess better and faster. They can create as well as set regular quizzes each week to ensure student engagement, as well as receive feedback if the content works well.

In order to achieve better results, student interactions also become more useful. They can form online study groups, hopefully, learn more and understand their subjects better. Different from the usual method of exams at the end of the year, which is too late for accurate adjustments to the course.

Our lives are always in constant flow with new thoughts and changes coming every day. Our children must be prepared for the coming bold new world.

This transformation will come by bridging the gap between classroom and home learning with the necessary technological assistance. In this way, we will contribute to the creation of educated and informed leaders of tomorrow.

Article by Amit Kapoor, co-founder, Eupheus Learning.

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