To increase engagement in the classroom and make learning easier and more efficient, a curriculum needs to be created that appreciates the power of technology in Education. In the present time technology is everywhere, entangled in almost every segment of human lives. It affects how we shop, socialize, connect, play, and most importantly, learn. With it’s great and increasing presence in our lives, it only makes sense to have technology in every classroom across schools in India. Yet there are some schools that are delaying this imminent future of using technology in the classroom as the valuable learning tool it is.
In the last 20 years the annual average GDP growth rate of India has made it the smartest place to be.
If you want to make an impact on education using technology, India is the place to be. The mobile industry in India is slated to be the third largest market thereby making it the one of the top emerging economies in the world today.
The methods used within the classroom should keep on evolving with time and should also harness the effects of the digital revolution in a positive and constructive manner. Often we come across parents complaining to their friends or relatives about the Mobile Phones and Internet. A common misperception among the parents is that the impact of technology on learning is that the Internet, with all its factual data, has served to render our long-term memory as useless. Now the question is: Why commit to learning something if a simple press of a button will give you the answers you are looking for?
On one hand some people are of the view that the need to remember facts, no longer plays a vital role in our education. While, on the other hand few are of the view that there exists a huge difference between long term memory and working memory. A person’s long-term memory has much more capacity than their working memory that can only remember between 4-7 items before it becomes overloaded. Therefore, working memory space is premium, in order for it to be free on a regular basis we have to commit certain facts to our long-term memory. This is perhaps why researchers label long-term memory as ‘the seat of human intellectual skill.’
Laptops, tablets, and smartphones are facing sharp criticism for their ability to distract the student in the classroom and studies at home. This is not surprising, with studies showing that students who frequently engage with laptops/ mobiles during studies understand less than those who do not.
However, the addictive nature of technology, such as Smart Phone games, can be harnessed in positive ways. An innovation in education is underway.
I’m of the firm view that technology is not the end-all, be-all solution but an incredible tool we can rely upon. All children can and will learn, it is simply a matter of the opportunities they have to learn and how their learning connects with their lives and experiences today. One of most sexiest, easily funded educational tools out there have nothing to do with actual classroom disruption. They simply capitalize upon quick fixes rather than address deeper more systemic issues. If you want to disrupt a classroom, figure out how to help the teacher.
We’re based on the premise that the future is not what it used to be; that the one thing we know is that the world our students are going to live in, is something unknown.