The impact of innovative technology on educational systems is rising in most countries. Teaching aids, online courses, social networking tools, educational softwares and other such tools are disrupting the conventional style of classroom lectures. In order to be able to use these tools in a constructive and effective way, it is crucial to understand how these technologies work.
What are some of these technological innovations that are gaining popularity?
Virtual Reality (VR)
Some schools and education institutions are introducing virtual reality in classroom environments. Students are able to go on field trips through virtual reality, by physically being in the same room. As they move their heads in different directions, they get to navigate the whole place they’re viewing from different angles. This enhances their learning experiences about various places, concepts and objects.
Along with being applied at advanced levels, artificial intelligence is also being used in schools. Whether it is for automating the grading system or preparing student performance reports for parents, artificial intelligence and machine learning make school processes far more efficient than they have traditionally been. For subjects like writing or mathematics, schools arrange for AI tutors that can replace real teachers.
For accessing computer courses from remote locations, cloud computing technology has been used for years. Some people believe that cloud computing will soon be replaced with newer technologies like AI, blockchain and the “internet of value”. But many educational institutions still use cloud computing as a primary innovative technology tool. Just like cloud-based softwares are used for business, these cloud-based tools provide quick access to cost-effective and flexible IT resources.
If there’s one technology that’s automatically creating a fan club for itself in the education sector, it’s 3D printing. 3D printing enables content to be taught in the form of 3D models. This does not only make the learning process more appealing to students, but also makes the teaching process more convenient for teachers. Through 3D printing, students get to have a better grasp of complicated concepts and ideas. In higher education, 3D printing is used by system designers and engineers to develop product prototypes. It gives life to test products before they are launched.
Biometric systems help streamline the teaching process and enhance discipline among students in schools. Fingerprints, face recognition, eye tracking and voice recognition methods when implemented in schools make students more punctual, well-organized and efficient. Biometrics is also used for monitoring class attendances and borrowing books from the library.