The magnificent leap – Technology in Education

Technology is everywhere. Even while reading this, you will be using one of the gadgets and its spreading like a wildfire. There is an advancement in technology the moment I’m writing this and the time you are reading this and tech giants like Facebook, Apple, Microsoft and many more have invested billions in their R&D and finding a way to bring an advancement in technology sector. Millions are effected (in a good way) by this revolution and education sector is one of them.

With tools like iPad and Microsoft 365, textbooks are no longer a part of a student’s bag and its changing every second with better apps, software, gadgets and many more. Every year, United States spent $3 Billion on digital content; Public schools in the United States now provide at least one computer for every 5 students.

By bringing latest gadgets in a classroom, listening becomes discovering, interest becomes wonder, and passive learning becomes active exploration. Lessons come to life with touch, motion, and sound. Teacher resources, insights from fellow educators, and personalized support help you teach every subject, from reading to coding, in ways that kids really get.

With more than 180,000 education apps on App Store alone, teachers now have access to connect their iPad to a microscope to edit, capture images of cell division several other activities now at their fingertips. Being an apple teacher, I was impressed to understand the technique of use of gadgets like iPad and Mac which not only helps a teacher to connect to a student but also help them to engage in knowledgeable conversation with ease in tasks and other activities.

My experience with Microsoft was a pleasant one too. Joining their teacher’s program was kind of challenge as one of my teachers told me about it and Microsoft has an image as a platform for office and other professional activities. The platform designed by them for teachers was kind of exciting with many features that looked interesting and gave me chance to know about it better. No matter what platform you choose, the point is that the technology has enable itself to transform into a classroom and physical presence of a teacher sound like a myth now.

Being in touch with some teachers lately through Email, the experience after the use of education platforms like iTunes U and MIE (Microsoft Innovative Educators Program) have created a new experience for teachers who cannot at times be present in the classroom. Its easy connectivity and easy use enabled a lot of teachers to migrate from their traditional technique. Try out this courses and let me know what you think about it.


 

Raj Ondhia

The Education Dilemma

Hello,

Today, I wish to talk to all visitors about education. Please don’t stop reading as many of you might just leave this page assuming that I would simply talk about its importance and stuff. For that we have many educators out there to speak about it but right now I would like to talk about how education is at times, destroying people. And I don’t mean just mentally but physically as well. The question that arises here is Who is truly responsible for that? Our parents? Our Teachers? Our School? Or our education system? I have been in contact with some students from different parts of the world through Email and Social Media discussing about the problems they are facing during studying. Some of them are in terrible conditions which is why I am writing about this today to make them aware that many students out there are facing the same problem. Being a high school student, I truly understand their problem and is able to identify the reason why students like Kunal (a student from India) does not wish to learn anything anymore. Let me tell you a short story which will help you to relate with this case and this is how it goes; One day, a small girl of 7 faced the exact problem that Kunal is facing right now and her mother thought that her child is going crazy and decided to visit a psychiatrist. The doctor being really experienced and brilliant identified the problem in no time and decided to have a small experiment where he played the music and left the room with the mother. He partially closed the door to make sure that the small girl cannot see them standing and the doctor asked the mother to simply observe. They stood there for a couple of minutes and saw the girl tapping her foot on the beat of the music and after some seconds, she started dancing ; then the doctor said, “your child is not having any mental disorder, she is simply a born dancer and that is the reason why she is not able to cope up with her studies. You just let her dance and you won’t be disappointed”. Looking at the above example, you must have realised what the problem is with Kunal. Kunal is a wonderful painter and has been painting since a decade now by improvising himself everyday which makes him a wonderful artist and yet he does not realise that his true passion is painting and as many people consider it as their hobby which makes it even worse as many great leaders have said that making hobby as your profession will achieve you great success in life as that time, we are fully determined and willing to work really hard expecting a great result. Keeping hobby your profession will never make your work boring for you and will surely motivate you to prosper in work. Teachers and educators in different parts of the world are trying to connect with these young adults to understand the current situation which is causing a big chaos right now as we speak. 60% of students dropout from high school in United States, in native american countries its 80% and if we halved the value, one would create an economy for $1 Trillion. From an economic point of view, its great math but what it doesn’t focus is the reason why students dropout from high school. According to The Journal of Psychology, a mother with more than 2 children would observe huge difference in her children both physically as well as psychologically and this observation shows that every human on this planet is different from one another but the education system does not make flexible courses for people  which leads to problems like dropping out from school or college. Countries like India, where the education system has a underdeveloped method of teaching pressurizes student to adopt the old teaching which prevent them to think something innovative or different leading to worse case scenarios like suicides. The suicide rates in India is alarmingly high especially among undergraduate students and situation is getting worse as we speak and requires a solution right away. What we need right now is a change and I don’t mean by evolution because we are doing that right now but what we need is a bigger change, A revolution, as I may use here because the situation is getting worse and will not change until a strong step against it is taken soon. Do share your views in the comment section below and be part of the discussion.

Ken Robinson: How to escape education’s death

About the speaker:

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Sir Kenneth Robinson (born 4 March 1950) is an English author, speaker and international advisor on education in the arts to government, non-profits, education and arts bodies. He was Director of the Arts in Schools Project (1985–89) and Professor of Arts Education at the University of Warwick (1989–2001), and is now Professor Emeritus at the same institution. In 2003 he was knighted for services to art. Click here to read more.