The best teachers utilize the technology of the era to
enhance student learning. From the printing press to
typewriters to overhead projectors, technology always has
shaped the way we educate. As we enter the digital era,
there has been something of a backlash against adopting
new technologies in the classroom.
Industry expert, Emory Craig, has a broad background
working in both academia and technology related fields.
In his current role with The College of New Rochelle, he is
involved in research focusing on how educators can use
social media to engage students, and the ways wearable
technology and virtual reality will shape education.
The mobile revolution continues, but it’s quickly evolving into the
wearable tech revolution. Our information and communication
tools will move from our phones to our bodies and the clothing and
accessories we wear. Right now, the change is most pronounced in
Smartwatches and fitness trackers, but it will soon be everywhere.
[R]elated to wearables is the
incredible progress in augmented
and virtual reality. We are witnessing
the development of an entirely new
media form, one that is unlocked
from the rectangular screen on
the wall. We can now step into the
screen—or have the characters
step out of the screen and into the
physical space we inhabit.
Craig sees immense potential for virtual reality in the
classroom; in fact, he is already starting to incorporate this
technology into his own classes. He believes VR allows
students to experience highly realistic simulated environments
and events, and learn from those experiences.
The digital revolution already has touched so many aspects
of modern life. The challenge facing today’s educators is
how to use technology to enhance learning, without letting
it become a distraction. After all, we already live in a digital
world, isn’t it time to start preparing students for it?