How can technology help schools to become more interesting

In the digital age, education is one of the areas that has been most transformed. But how can schools draw and keep the attention of wired and interactive students?  How to help them develop the skills needed to deal with a changing reality? Inventions for disseminating knowledge have contributed to make the classroom a more motivating and interactive environment, empowering the students’ learning process. Education-oriented innovations promote inclusion and interaction, offering students a  new view of the didactic content through the exploration of various types of media.

According to a recent research by the IT Trade Association CompTIA, about 75% of educators believe that technology has a positive impact in the educational process. For the children, this positive perception of technology is certainly greater.

The convergence of different media types inspired the creation of the platform Glogster, where students can publish photos, videos, texts, and songs in shared mode. The tool is similar to a multimedia Panel but more intuitive and with specific resources for the dissemination of knowledge. Glogster allows you to constantly update the pages, while offering a great number of resources such as stickers, reminders, among others. It is also an interesting resource for teachers since the pages created can be modified by other users, enabling the creation and editing of classes on various subjects with the direct participation of the students.

Social networks, so present in the lives of young people, have also gained space in the classroom. Edmodo is a social network that enables school students and teachers to interact and disseminate content. Instead of interest-based communities, students choose groups on the subjects they wish to study. There, several teachers create subject-based threads and clarify students’ doubts, or propose exercises on the theme. The network is also practical for teamwork as it connects students who cannot meet face-to-face to perform activities.

The technology is also essential to make the most dreaded school subjects, like mathematics for example, more attractive. The Photomath app promises to demystify mathematical problems and draw the attention of children and adolescents to the subject. To resolve any problem proposed by the teacher, just take a picture of the arithmetic expression and the application will solve it on its own. More importantly, it does not just give the result of the equation, but also shows its resolution step by step, allowing the students to better understand the subject.

Even Google is now engaged in the educational process, having created a specific application for Chrome called MyHomework Student Planner. More than a PDA, this platform assists students, respecting the pace of each individual. With the calendar resource, the student organizes lessons, tests, and supply of works, being even able to share the dates of tasks among the groups. It is also possible to create study plans for each subject, with features that allow the involvement of the teachers to improve the students ‘ studies agenda.

An interesting article highlights that while it could be beneficial, technology can have its downsides like knowledge limitations by the teacher or its pupil.  A teacher that does not have experience with technology can waste valuable lesson time trying to instruct the student.

It is important to have in mind that young people will always have greater ease in learning everything related to technology, so, if it is possible to combine technology to learning, this will be beneficial for the child.

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