Technology Trends in Education
Technology in its many forms continues to shape virtually every part of our lives. It enriches our knowledge, connects us socially, streamlines our work and connects us to the world. Increasingly, mobile and computer technology is being integrated into schools and colleges for the betterment of education. It is valuable across all primary school subject areas such as history, art, design and primary maths. Read on to find out about some very exciting trends in technology for 2016.
When you think of virtual reality generally you think of sci-fi movies, holograms and being stuck in the matrix. The reality is quite different with the technology continually being evolved to be more and more sophisticated. Think about kids learning about the ancient Egyptians and instead of only seeing pictures in text books, imagine them being able to experience what it was like to be there, go inside a pyramid or walk around a palace. Imagine students working through extra maths tutoring resources and being stumped by a question on fractions for primary children and putting on a set of virtual reality googles to actually go inside a visual representation of that fraction, move elements around, and from that, being able to come up with a solution. This is all within the realms of possibility of new virtual reality software being developed and will make students feel totally immersed in their education.
With virtually all modern schools in the western world now having wireless networks on their campus most students have access to a mobile device allowing them instant access to up to date information. Tablets and laptops can also be used to access a huge selection of maths tutoring resources online such as on primarymaths.com.au that seek to develop a students deep understanding in key mathematical concepts such as addition for primary children, counting and grouping and decimals for primary children. Kids and parents love using this website and it can help them to learn these fundamental primary maths concepts on their own with the guidance of the teacher.
3D printing is also gaining rapid momentum as the technology becomes cheaper to produce. Some universities already have this technology, however, in future it will more than likely be similar to having a standard paper printer on the teachers desk. Imagine doing a maths lesson plans on the golden mean and being able to print a 3D model of a nautilus shell to demonstrate the concept in nature – that the kids can hold and touch.