The use of digital and augmented virtual reality aids in classrooms is present in virtually every educational trend list. Some experts say that screenless interactions will be the next wave, post-Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.
With virtual reality, teachers can take students for virtual study trips without leaving the classroom. Applications such as Google Expedition make it possible to get to know the Wall of China, the Coliseum or the Louvre Museum – an experience that will certainly make history and geography classes, among other disciplines. more attractive and interesting.
Digital assistants such as Google Home, Amazon Echo, Apple HomePod and Lenovo Smart Assistant, should also enter the classroom soon. Updating data, searching for meaning or translating terms, and timing an activity are some of the possible features, as well as creating reminders and scheduling deadlines.
But this trend considered “irresistible” by many experts also fuels the debate over the advantages and disadvantages of its use in the classroom. Or even out of it. In many places there is still no consensus on the adoption of methods such as distance learning at the elementary and secondary levels, or hybrid teaching.
The hybrid education (blended learning) combines traditional materials with learning practices (on site) and online. The method goes beyond the use of digital boards, ipads and apps during classes. One of the advantages is that while in traditional practices the pace is the same for all students, online content allows each one to advance according to their interest and ability.
Blackboard and chalk
At the same time, in Silicon Valley, in schools like the Waldorf Peninsula, teachers use blackboard, chalk and books printed books . In classrooms where the children of many of the executives and employees of the world’s most famous technology companies study, screens and other devices are only used from high school on.
Parents also limit the time their children use computer and cell phone at home. The argument is that the benefits do not outweigh the risk of creating an addiction that impairs cognitive and emotional development and loss of privacy.
Last year, former employees of some of the technology giants created The Truth About Tech . A movement to persuade companies to develop more ethical products, especially with regard to children. They also develop materials and workshops to educate parents and teachers about the risks of using technology.
“I believe that the question is not whether or not to use the technological resources, but rather in the way technology is inserted into the child’s daily life. There are important security issues that require careful monitoring by parents and involve the provision of navigation data, images, and content, “says Arie Halpern, a business owner and a specialist in disruptive technology. “The debate should be broadened beyond the issue of digital boards and mobiles in the classroom; we need to discuss how we want to educate the new generations for cyberculture, “says the executive.