4. Cloud computing
For older pupils or students at university, cloud computing has been one of the most helpful developments. Rather than taking home lots of papers that are difficult to organise and easily lost, cloud computing allows students to access all their course documents and information online at any time.
This can be particularly helpful when a student has been unable to make a session, or wants to revisit a part of the syllabus when preparing for exams, as they can head onto their institution’s portal and catchup online.
5. Virtual and Augmented Reality
Technology that uses alternative realities, like virtual and augmented, are not only growing in the entertainment and gaming industries, their application also stretches into education. With virtual reality, students can be taken to whole new worlds without leaving their seats, as virtual day trips to historical landmarks grow in popularity.
Augmented reality has many positive applications in engineering or science-based subjects. For example, medical students can get up close with a 3D model of the anatomy, while engineering students can take a closer look at a type of engine.
As the cost of the technology comes down further, we’ll no doubt see virtual and augmented reality play a larger role in modern education.
6. Forms and surveys
Feedback can be notoriously difficult to collect from children, especially if you’re asking for verbal feedback from a shy class. However, online forms, polls and surveys offer teachers a way to gain instant feedback in a way that students are comfortable with. Based on the results, teachers are better equipped to improve their lesson plans.
7. Gamified learning
Another way to switch up learning and make it more exciting for younger children is through games or gamification. There are lots of game-based learning platforms for teachers who want to inject some fun into a lesson, but you could create your own too. A virtual scavenger hunt, where children work through a list of questions and find correct answers online, is a simple, effective way to introduce a game into learning.
Video games have also been shown to improve memory, problem-solving skills and coordination.
8. Online publishing
Another significant impact of our connected world is the voice it has given every individual with internet access. Through social media and online blogs, anyone can publish their creations and show them to the world. This can be a powerful tool for giving students a platform to express themselves.