Tips For Using (Good) Technology inThe Classroom& Trends In Education This 2018
Technology is just a tool in the classroom – Do not carry away by the tool, interesting as it may be. The tool should only be used in the service of learning. Because instructional time is precious, learn to develop activities that fit the tool in place.
Technology cannot replace a great teaching – No matter how interesting the technology is, a good effective didactic design is always necessary to cater to a wide range of students and learning styles.
Set learning objectives – When you try to learn more about technology. Set goals that are realistic. Do not put yourself in a position where you feel overwhelmed and frustrated by the lack of experience in the use of ICT.
Technological diversity is part of learning Welcome to the BYOD classroom! With so many hardware manufacturers and operating systems, students must be encouraged to discover answers to problems using their own devices.
Have fun and learn from others – It’s always amazing how much we can learn from our students! As digital natives, students have experiences and ways of using technology that adults have not even imagined.
Use existing resources using BYOD(bring your own device). Not having enough technology to innovate is a real problem in our educational system. Try to use personal devices such as smartphones or tablets to supplement the lack of available technology. Many applications are available to complement the desktop software.
Cheap is good, free is better – The price of technology continues to fall. Avoid making expensive purchases when free applications and cloud-based software are available. Smartphones have gone down considerably in price, so with free WIFI, anything is possible …
Extend learning outside the classroom – Try to adopt the tools of social media (e.g., Twitter) that our students are familiar with. Allows students to continue “conversations” outside the classroom using cloud-based tools. This helps increase the quality of ideas because the student is assuming ownership of their own learning.
If the technology fails, be patient – take a deep breath and do not give up! There are multitudes of resources on the Internet and colleagues who can help you.
Share your passion and knowledge – Do not be shy, and defend your ideas with others. This can be achieved through informal conversation sessions, staff meetings and professional learning communities.
Technological trends that we will see in education this 2018
The uses and opportunities that technology offers for learning are numerous. Students can conduct research and obtain resources at times that best fit their schedules, from different places and according to their needs.
In 2005, the International Telecommunications Union of the United Nations recognized the potential of ICT (information and communication technologies) to “democratize knowledge (…) and access to information, culture, and education”
Learning about a greater variety of resources and different formats is one of the benefits of including technology in the classroom. It is not about identifying the definition of a process alone, but about being able to watch a video, an infographic, attend an online forum, among other possibilities, to deepen a concept. Another potential is the ability to keep constantly updated and the development of knowledge self-management skills.
The so-called Ed Tech initiatives combine Education with Technology.
Teachers and school leaders must know the possibilities offered by technology.
In 2018, many of these initiatives will be trending.
The education sector changes constantly. Thanks to the introduction of new technologies, these changes are becoming more frequent.
The combination of technological tools with knowledge of Pedagogy is known as Ed Tech initiatives. These seek to make the most use of technological tools and apply them to the educational process to improve the teaching methods of teachers and facilitate student learning.
For some years, we have seen how universities and educational centers of all levels have incorporated virtual platforms to offer their lessons or allow students to send their homework and deepen their knowledge of the classroom. In addition, in some countries, the use of Virtual Reality technologies in the classroom is a reality.
Teachers and school leaders must keep up with these trends to ensure they provide their students with the best possible training.
2018 will not be the exception. In fact, this year it will be possible to observe the emergence of new educational trends, which combine knowledge of Pedagogy with the best of Technology to generate certain results.
Do you want to know what they will be? These are the 7 Ed Tech trends that we will see in 2018:
1) Digitalization of study plans
The new study plans will address the digital needs of students, but in addition, they will be digitized and therefore accessible to all audiences. In this way, the student will know exactly what a career will bring and what he will learn with it.
2) Data to personalize the learning
Data Analysis will be fundamental in the future of education, particularly to determine the satisfaction of students with different training options and better meet their needs.
The Big Data applied to education will not only allow processing useful data for universities, but also for students. Thanks to data analysis, they will be able to evaluate, control and measure their own progress.
4) Virtual Reality in the classroom
Virtual Reality will continue to advance steadily, allowing teachers to provide their students with a clearer picture of certain topics. With Virtual Reality glasses and the corresponding applications, they can teach visually and leave the concepts clearer.
5) Personalized training
Each action generated by students will create data, which educational centers and teachers must use to offer personalized training. The analysis of the strengths of each student will allow teachers to guide their classes to reinforce them, or it will facilitate the way to work on the weaknesses of their students.
6) Hybrid learning
The mix between classroom learning and online learning will be increasing, as teachers will begin to take advantage of the possibilities offered by technology to offer lessons in virtual form or recommend their students’ online resources with which to complement what is taught in class.
7) Blockchain technology
The Blockchain Technology is used to store large amounts of data in thousands of computers, thus decentralizing information to prevent cyber-attacks. That is why it is the key technology behind virtual currencies.
Educational institutions are not free from cyber attacks, so in 2018 they will use this technology to be more secure. In addition, some institutions are creating their own virtual currencies to offer students economic transactions with less risk.