Progress is a matter of constant learning. These two options are tightly entangled. There would be no technological progress without profoundly educated people. And there would be no improvements in education without the enthusiasm of those who promotes technologies in our lives. With the help of digital equipment and Internet access students catch information more quickly and in an individual manner.
Teachers got tired fighting with ipads, smartphones and laptops children bring to school. That is why the best decision is to use the technologies in studying process. Public schools in the United States now provide at least one computer for every five students. They fund more than $3 billion per year on technologies. Moreover, the government is trying to provide affordable and robust wireless Internet as well as online teaching resources available for even remote rural areas. As a result, it is predicted that in 2015-16 more state standardized tests will be held with the help of technology.
The idea that information technologies can craft the education process as per individual skill and intellectual abilities is becoming more widespread. The digital learning can adjust itself to students’ personal preferences and their pace of acquiring new information, so we can now talk about personalized learning. To promote this approach schools provide students with their own laptops, tablets, ebooks. And when students started using Ipads during the classes the decision was quick to use Chromebooks. Those inexpensive Web-based laptops have been used from 2014 almost in every school in the USA. Chromebooks offer Google`s Apps for education, spreadsheets, email, storage, and other Web-based applications for a very affordable price. By spending $260 for a Chromebook school offers students all those tools. And when asking children`s opinion, you will hear, “I think it`s better than writing on paper. You can see each other`s work, you can give suggestions, and even if something is wrong, you can help each other.”
The progress does not stop on that. Hardly had Ipads, ebooks, Chromebooks appeared in modern education when they became wide-used and even out-of-date. What we are observing now is how future approaching our present. Virtual Reality (VR) headset adds a new vision to learning. This approach captivated such IT tycoons as Google, Samsung, HTC, Sony, which are ready to develop this idea. The immense influence this technology has can alter students` educational experience. The managing director of worldwide education, Jon Phillips, predicts that into next year, we are going to see more attempts to bring this technology into the classrooms, allowing students to learn experimentally.
3D printers crept up on education sphere more closely than VR headset. From day to day they are becoming used in more classrooms helping students to bring their ideas to life, to use practically about what they have once read in textbooks. The year 2016 is promised to be critical in making this technology affordable. 3D printer will make students think differently. Having an opportunity to print anything they like, they will realize that they would better print the thing that does not exist yet, rather than something that already exists. As a result, this technology urges to develop new engineering thinking.
The next technology, although loved and used by many people, is still being explored for educational purposes. Today Internet of things applications and different wearables can contribute a lot to education. In 2015, UNICEF launched a fitness program (Kid Power) that tracked the steps of about 10000 students while they wore fitness bands. And Oral Roberts University requires its students in fitness course to use wearables.
Recognizing the generous assistance these technologies may bring into education sphere, we are moving forward. As long as we are moving forward, evolution continues. Technology in not our enemy, it is more of a friend, and it is vital to understand from the early childhood.