Module 7: Technology and Trends for the Future By: Ashley Smith
LATEST TRENDS• I believe there are many technological trends and tools that will most likely change education in the future. However, the one trend I feel will most radically change the way education is taught is a move away from desktop machines towards integrated mobile units.
OUT with the old IN with the New• Not many people in today’s tech savvy world rely on old-fashioned desktop computers with the big computer screens. Technology continues to grow and grow as time passes, and the software programs and products continue to grow smaller and smaller. Any individual can access email, Skype, and web pages from any accessible smart phone today. In addition, more and more educators are becoming more knowledgeable and capable of teaching students in a variety of different ways, as opposed to the old paper and pencil methods of teaching and learning.
WHY????• There are a few reasons why I feel that this trend will most likely change education in the near future. First, education through new trends can be a fun and exciting way to learn. It provides students with a different perspective and outlook on things, as well as, builds their skills with patience and trying new things.
Learning is not limited to school settings… • I also believe that learning does not have to be something that is limited to computers only and inside of classrooms. There are many different tools that students can learn from including, but not limited to, IPads, Kindle’s, Interactive Whiteboards, Nooks, where there are a variety of reading software, educational games, and interactive educational programs can be downloaded and played wherever and whenever. For example, a student who struggles with basic phonics who owns a Kindle Fire can download an educational reading program and take it with them on a family road trip, learning a variety of learning strategies in the car. IPads continue to have a range of different educational programs and more and more educational settings are beginning to use them as a supplemental learning tool.
TIPS and REMINDERS for teachers:• There are definitely a few things that education providers must remember when trying to teach these new tools to students, especially students who struggle from learning disabilities and have attention problems. Teachers must be well trained prior to trying to teach a student a new tool. A good strategy would be to collaborate with other educational professionals, so that everyone is on the same page. They must be able to inform any particular student in a way that each individual student can understand. Providing students with step by step, clear, and basic directions when introducing new tools will also be beneficial for students. Teachers should often pay particular attention to the new and current trends that may be floating around in educational settings so that they can provide their students with the latest and most effective learning tools.
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Finally….• Overall, I feel that as long as teachers continue to stay up to date with the latest technology trends that would benefit students, and practice the actual applications before presenting them to students, students skills regarding technology and learning will skyrocket in the near future.