The advancements in technology today have vastly changed the ways students learn in and out of the classroom. These rapid changes have made the educational experience completely different than it was just 10 years ago, and they have made it easier than ever to be a successful student. While technology has change a wide variety of factors that affect students and the classroom, these are the three biggest changes.
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The need to haul around several extremely heavy textbooks at the same time, has almost been completely eliminated due to electronic textbooks. Most publishing companies are now creating a digital copy of their textbooks, and there are even several websites devoted to purchasing and renting digital textbooks. While these electronic textbooks are best experienced on a tablet, you can also read them on a smartphone or computer. Young students have been complaining of back problems caused by extremely heavy backpacks for quite some time, but this looks like it going to be completely eliminated in the near future.
Students used to have to physically go to their school to obtain an education, but this is no longer the case. Remote learning has become an extremely popular option for college students who don’t have a lot of time, and want to attend an online school. While remote learning is mainly used for college, according to altusap.com, it is starting to be used in more and more elementary and high schools. While there will most likely never be a complete removal of the classroom setting for young students, remote learning is still a great way to advance at a subject that may not be available at their current school.
Collaborative projects have been a favorite of teachers for quite some time. While group projects used to require the entire group to meet up in the library or another location, entire projects can now be completed without ever meeting. Students can share their work with the rest of the group through email, or a cloud saving application. The rest of the group can add their input until the entire project is done. Group project used to be designed to help the students work better with others, but they are now teach more skills in gaining information remotely and working with others from afar. These are skills are that needed in the changing business environment today, so collaborative projects will remain popular in schools for years to come.
Technology has completely changed the classroom environment, but these are much needed changes based on the way the world of today. Since technology continues to evolve, the classroom will probably continue to as well.
Brooke Chaplan is a freelance writer and blogger from Los Lunas, New Mexico. She loves to garden, hike, and bike in her free time. For more information on this article visit this page or Brooke via Twitter @BrookeChaplan.