Classrooms today use some form of technology like Powerpoint presentations or grading and turning in assignments online.
However, there are parts of the classroom experience that can be improved by connecting with technology. Here are four ways you can create a classroom that can help students learn better while saving time.
#1. Field Trips Without Leaving The Classroom
You ever wanted to take a field trip to the pyramids in Giza, but don’t want to deal with permission slips and paperwork? Google’s entry into the education software sector means that their many apps and technologies are specialized for education. This includes the Expeditions app for Google Cardboard, which makes it possible for students to truly become immersed in their lessons. Now students can go to the Leaning Tower of Pisa themselves in a guided tour lesson from their teachers, who has the iPad that controls the student’s experiences.
If your class isn’t quite ready for the virtual reality wave, StrataLogica is a good alternative that brings your world map to life by letting students interact with it in 2D and 3D, zoom in to the ocean floor, and view relevant information on world history like the paths of European explorers (as seen above).
#2. Automating Roll Call
Roll call is one of the most notorious time suckers in education. A teacher calls out a name, and the student says “here.” Seems simple enough, but how could we improve efficiency further? In the case of Aruba’s Classroom, they automate roll call by detecting the student’s smartphone through a Bluetooth beacon. Once a student walks into class, they are marked as “here.” The teacher doesn’t even need to say anything to the student to know their presence.
#3. Screen Viewing/Sharing
Apple Classroom also aims to improve the classroom with technology solutions by integrating directly with an iPad for classroom operations. With this they can assign shared iPads to students that would be connected to the teacher’s iPad, which can provide teachers with the option to view student screens. Students can also present in front of the rest of the class by screen sharing on an Apple TV.
#4. Quick Login For Younger Students
Clever is one of the top dogs in the education software space. They observed a pain point in the industry from Kindergarteners to Second Grade. Since students at that age don’t really have reading and writing down yet, logging in with a traditional username and password can take up a lot of extra class time. Their Clever Badges lets students scan paper badges on their computers to log-in quickly as they learn the alphabet and are eventually able to type in their own username and passwords.
#5. Device Control
Students typically have trouble paying attention during class, so it’s no surprise that teachers don’t trust students to use their iPad in class for class-related purposes. With a shared iPad classroom, teachers can use the Apple Classroom app to control which app launches on student iPads and can even lock the screen to keep them browsing other sites.
#6. Teacher/Student Messaging and Tracking
A simple messaging feature provides a direct line of communication between student and teacher that is documented through their message history. Students can ask teachers questions about class material and even let them know they’re sick and can’t come to class. What makes messaging through specialized software like Aruba Classroom unique is that the app can also let teachers track student location. This means if a student says they’re sick in bed, but the location tracker says they’re at the mall, then the teacher will know they’re lying.
There are people who question how much technology we really need in the classroom, and think that the value of education somehow cheapens if students did assignments off of a screen as opposed to a pen and paper. Just as how students can turn to online sources instead of traveling to the library and searching through a physical book, technology can make learning easier, accessible, and more effective. Technology gives teachers more options to immerse their students in the class material. Children often lose interest in school because it is difficult to fully process a concept through some words in text alone.
With technology as an option to enhance education, students can learn about a carbon molecule as they’re interacting with a computer generated model instead of a stagnant picture. With technology like this in our fingertips, wouldn’t you want your child to be learning from the best resources available? You don’t see a public outcry of PowerPoint in classrooms because it is already the standard. As society progresses, these advances in classroom technology won’t be much to worry about.
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