The techno style of learning

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The learning experience with technology is enhancing and is the most in-trend thing, Check it out!

The future of learning is technology, From ‘tablets to ipad’s’ and more so, the advancement says it all.

 

One of the upcoming modes of learning promotes “learning by doing” or experiential learning. The fact of the matter is that there is really one way to learn how to do something, and that is by doing it. If you want to learn how to drive a car, design a building, throw a ball, or be a management consultant, you can master these tasks only by ‘doing’ them.  History, itself, has witnessed youths who have been apprenticed to masters in order to learn any skill.

The ‘Google age’ has fundamentally changed the paradigms of education and learning. Today, students have unlimited access to knowledge, and educators, previously the ‘knowledge source’, are now merely someone who helps disseminate textual learning.

The paper and pen era has been a set back now. The replacement has already taken place. Our existing learning models need to be upgraded in order to help educators develop better ways of assessing students and school performance.

This can be initiated only through tech based platforms that work on augmenting an individual’s learning experience. Using artificial intelligence and augmented/virtual reality we can add immense value to the learning process.

By tech-enabled platforms we mean learning systems that empower students to self-evaluate and assess themselves, tremendously improving their skill capabilities. For example, learners who are looking to enhance their presentation and communication skills, can upload their videos in a mock-up scenario, which will be automatically compared to expert speaker videos, as well as videos of other students who have answered the same question. Through continuously feedback and comparison with peer/expert videos, inbuilt habits and neural pathways are replaced by new ones, and the learner moves towards acquiring new ingrained capabilities.

Our education system needs to embrace technology that supports new-age learning modes to enhance the learning experience of a student, and eventually build a successful learning environment, that actually works.

 

Help of technology in learning:-

  • Online collaboration tools, such as those in Google Apps, allows students and instructors to share documents online, edit them in real time and project them on a screen. This gives students a collaborative platform in which to brainstorm ideas and document their work using text and images.
  • Presentation software (such as PowerPoint) enable instructors to embed high-resolution photographs, diagrams, videos and sound files to augment text and verbal lecture content.
  • Tablets can be linked to computers, projectors and the cloud so that students and instructors can communicate through text, drawings and diagrams.
  • Course management tools such as Canvas allow instructors to organize all the resources students need for a class (e.g. syllabi, assignments, readings, online quizzes), provide valuable grading tools, and create spaces for discussion, document sharing, and video and audio commentary. All courses are automatically given a Canvas site!
  • Clickers and smartphones are a quick and easy way to survey students during class. This is great for instant polling, which can quickly assess students’ understanding and help instructors adjust pace and content.
  • Lecture-capture tools, such as Panopto, allow instructors to record lectures directly from their computer, without elaborate or additional classroom equipment. Consider recording your lectures as you give them and then uploading them for students to re-watch. Studies show that posting recorded lectures does not diminish attendance and students really appreciate the opportunity to review lectures at their own pace.

- Harsha Masand

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