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4 Ways Technology Is Shaping The Future Of Education

Technology is advancing at a breakneck pace, and innovative companies are finding ways to take these amazing breakthroughs to universities, high schools, elementary schools, and even corporate classrooms.

Take a look at some of the fascinating ways in which technology is shaping the future of education.

Mobile Devices and Apps

Education has gone mobile. There are thousands of apps that educate learners about things such as foreign languages, science, technology, and so much more. These apps are designed for every type of learner, from toddlers to university students to folks who just want to learn for their own edification.

The quality of the learning from these apps depends on the type of device that is in a person’s hands. A smartphone or tablet with a sluggish processor or low-resolution screen can make using these apps burdensome and annoying. Learning on devices enhances the experience and makes it easier to take advantage of the treasure trove of information that is available through apps. For apps that require an internet or data connection, learners should be on a reliable network, such as the one from T-Mobile, which has 4G LTE coverage across the country and offers a lightning-fast connection.

Social Media

Sites like Facebook, Google Plus, and Twitter aren’t just for sharing funny cat videos. Educators are using these sites to encourage conversation and answer questions. Some classrooms even manage their own blogs.

On many social media sites, educators can create exclusive groups for their students. These groups can include valuable resources, links to interesting websites, and more. Instructors may even base part of the students’ grades on how often they participate in the class’s online discussions. Teachers can also choose to record lectures and post them online.

It isn’t just university classrooms that benefit from the use of social media. Even some high school teachers are taking advantage of the trend and connecting with their students in the cyber universe.

Online Classrooms

There are several available learning management systems (LMS) that teachers use to oversee online classes. These platforms include Moodle, Blackboard, Litmos, Canvas, Edmodo, and many others. They enable teachers to track student progress and participation, post lectures and assignments, start discussions, and more. Since LMSs are often based in the cloud, they enable easy learning for students no matter where they are.

Other LMSs are not linked to formal education systems. They may be developed specifically for corporate training or other purposes.

It is also worth noting that many online learning platforms do not fit the definition of an LMS. For example, there are online coding classes that do not use an LMS but still provide excellent education.

Virtual Reality and Augmented Reality

Several companies, including zSpace and Alchemy VR, are dedicated solely to bringing virtual reality tools into classrooms . A teacher in the U.S. may want to show his or her students the Amazonian Rain Forest or the Gobi Desert, but since field trips to these places are out of the question, virtual reality can step in to fill the void. While VR technology is not yet widely used in classrooms, it wouldn’t be unreasonable see this happen in the near future.

Augmented reality is also having a powerful impact on education. For example, the Aurasma app allows teachers to create “Auras,” or augmented reality triggers, in their classrooms and throughout the school. When students scan an equation with their smartphone, it may trigger a tutorial video. Auras could be attached to artwork, bringing up information about the art and the artist. The possibilities are endless! Teachers who do not want to create their own Auras can use augmented reality apps that already have a wealth of information programmed into them. Popar Toys, for instances, has triggers in books, posters, and puzzles.

What does the future of education hold? As technology continues to advance, it is sure to be used in ever greater measure in classrooms, whether those classrooms are in elementary schools, universities, or solely online. This article covers just a few ways in which technology is already driving education toward a bright future.

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