High Tech Classroom

These tech-savvy classrooms are what the future is moving towards. “Technology is a driving force in education, opening up many doors and preparing students for what lies ahead, not behind,” said Kirsty Kelly, Primary Years Program Coordinator at the Canadian International School in Singapore. “It allows for greater differentiation, individualised learning, real-world integration, and varied assessments.”

The digital change brought about in classrooms today is a necessity as we integrate digital advances into the students’ educational lives. To help them up skill for the global labour market of the future, we need to use tools as advanced as the outside world is using to make them comfortable with them and excel in all their use in the school as well as develop the skills to learn the yet undiscovered future tech skills of the future global labour market.

“Technology must be incorporated into how [teachers] teach and assess students,” Kelly added in a phone interview with Global Citizen. “There must be a shift in mindset, for teachers, parents, and students.” ( https://www.globalcitizen.org/en/content/8-high-tech-gadgets-that-are-making-classrooms-sma)

8 High-Tech Gadgets That Are Making Classrooms Smarter

Creative spaces:

the sole purpose of cultural and technological advancement comes down to making better leaders by teaching our young people in a more personalised and adaptive manner. Activities like meditation, relaxation and communication are now rendered just as useful as focused learning and mental mathematics as the world progresses with advanced teaching techniques and training exercises.

Today’s classrooms have chatting areas, self-study corners, and large galleries or halls which students choose on their own accord and suiting their own learning needs. It’s more about teaching the students “how” to learn rather than showing them what ought to be learnt and taught.

Projectors:

projectors are now used for much more than just showing presentation. Although present in classrooms for a very long time, the use of a projector has always been dynamically changing as per the requirements of the day and age.

Smart boards:

smart boards, which are giant computer-screens that have touch ability and other interactive tools in them, are now efficiently put to use in classrooms to aid in more interactive and useful learning sessions. Image manipulation, camera control and active video control are just a few basic possibilities available through a smart-screen.

Smart tables:

The more progressive version of the smart-screen is the smart table which can be especially effective in assisting young minds according to their age requirements. Soft-boards and chalk-boards have become obsolete as smart-tables come into play . Smart tables make the former wall-mounted information more interactive with memory retention ideas and saving all previous displays at once, as well as the ability to store the student engagement with the display. These tables are smartly designed to respond to multiple touches. For example, a classroom full of children can all simultaneously interact with a smart table and it will respond with accuracy and act like the wall-board that they never had.

Laptops, tablets, phones, and more:

Most teachers in developed countries are creatively using personal gadgets like computers and tablets in the classroom, rather than insisting they are kept hidden. It has become a norm for students to take notes, not in notebooks but on their gadgets and this practice has been around for over a decade now. Starting with laptop computers, now tablets and smart-phones are being used for the same purpose as they are much friendlier and portable.

Cameras:

Virtual communication and live sessions have become a norm in our classrooms, which has made it imperative for there to be cameras in the classroom. Skype sessions using cameras allow students to experience a wide range of educational variations and learn through new, innovative ways helping to increase student’s retention and comprehension of otherwise more difficult topics. The more advanced the class is, the better and more sophisticated the camera quality, combined with smart boards, projectors and other equipment to make the educational experience more innovative. Students even like to record themselves and their peers using these cameras so that they can later self-assess themselves and analyze their areas of improvement.

Audio enhancements:

Wherever there is a camera involved, you need high-quality sound systems for sound input as well as output. These audio devices are also commonly used in educational institutions globally. Instructors use a microphone that clips onto their collars and transmits signals to speakers around the classroom for better audio quality and comprehensive lectures. Moreover, the mic can be used to connect to multimedia presentations or even to cameras when someone from outside of the classroom is joining in, virtually.

Control centres:

to keep the flow of things smooth, there must be effective support for teacher using teaching media within the classroom. To achieve this, the instructor must make sure the students are involved in the lecture at all points in time and are not disturbed or distracted by menial issues like delay in switching from the projector to the smart board screen, for instance. To avoid any such hurdles, switching software has become a thing of importance in the classrooms these days.

Networked learning:

Online assignments and projects have become frequent and a new tool added to online assessments is networked learning. This kind of knowledge enables instructors to keep an eye on the students work progress to make sure that they’re on the right track. This saves a lot of time and inconvenience as they can open these tasks wherever, whenever, at their leisure. It also offers the opportunity for students to truly undertake peer learning and the possibility to co-create work products as they would in the labour market.