Technology in the classroom enhances learning


Benefits of technology in education

A BIG YES !!!! Technology can enhance learning and the whole experience of knowing new things to the next level !! As a teacher from past 10years I am an eye witness to the fact that how technology has evolved the whole learning experience for the students of whole age !

Experts say that using technology in teaching and learning can increase children’s engagement in class, more than an old school textbook can as devices and apps are where today’s students live their lives.

This is a benefit for all learners as apps cater to all levels of ability and use various teaching methods to support learning. Apps also help to give teachers new ways of teaching the same thing, from games to virtual field trips.

Technology being accessible anytime from anywhere has just eradicated all the concepts of space restrictions and has made learning available for all with the help of gadgets and newly introduced age appropriate apps ! With top universities like Harvard, Oxford and Cambridge there are so many courses which can be done online and with blended classrooms provides edge of learning multi culture values. I personally enjoyed my distant learning experience in this course which resulted for me to meet people behind the screen with their wisdom and experiences and this type of learning becomes possible with the usage of technology in side the class room 🙂

Social media is ruining childhood

Cartoonist Gary Varvel: Children playing mobile devices

How many of you remember having pen-pals while growing up??? How did it add value to your life or made you experience something which you had no idea about. Think ! Ok so coming to today’s scenario we see children now a days using social media for socialization purpose and just learning from there to have a better idea about how life is for them ?But it is not always this simple as much it seems. With such bombardment of exposure and different avenues are we actually in an era where childhood is all ruined because of social media? Answer to that is both Yes and No !

For real I feel social media is actually a tool which has helped the children in achieving their milestones for development quite soon and quick but with that what ever else has come with it is something that can not be denied! too much of exposure to everything has made their young vulnerable minds also to have access to the things which are not even age appropriate and has also resulted in learning behaviors which are negative in nature as well at times and may lead to massive emotional and physical eruption at times.

How social media is fueling a disturbing new trend in Australian schools that has parents and teachers on edge

An underground fight club is erupting on social media with kids filming each other in ‘horrifying’ bare-knuckle brawls in school yards across Australia.

Social media groups are being created by students at private and public schools where videos are posted of boys and girls brawling or ambushing victims.

It is part of a disturbing trend which has grown in popularity online and now concerned experts are stepping in to try and change the culture and help prevent lifelong trauma to the victims of this violence.

In past we have many examples where we have seen children at a very young age achieving things in education field or in terms of financial scenario as well but with it we have more of examples where children being young and undecisive failed to understand about the right usage of technology and social media. We can not at any point deny the fact that before time provision of too much information has indeed led stray the childhood and with supervised approach best results can be attained.

Technology has led to a more equitable society

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How easy is it for us now to learn a new language or to know a new dish recipe now a days?? How many of us exactly know what our itinerary would be for any country and how easily we manage our whole plan right from accommodation to  entertainment spots ?? How many of us now a days watch shows of different genre or order brands of our choice online with just a click ! ? Answer to all of this is many of us !!

As a matter of fact we all now how technology has led to a society which is equally there with potentials and opportunities for all ! It has become a platform which has just shrunk the entire world and opportunities for everyone. Right from acquiring education to doing degrees online or to moving towards the online business is a platform which is open for all. We can not deny the fact that this whole structure has become possible not only for limited group but for people globally. Technology has indeed led to a more equitable society leading to unlimited opportunities and an equitable society for everyone.

Mentioned below as per one of an article published in MIT technology review it is clearly stated that how role of technology has not only evolved but has developed the need of reconsideration in the need of assessing how it has changed to an extent where it is leading to such a balance in society that it is undeniable. The way it has created opportunities for balance in work opportunities has to be a highlight and with it eradicating any sort of gender discrimination.

“Our relationship with technology as a whole will have shifted dramatically post-pandemic,” says Yoav Schlesinger, principal of the ethical AI practice at Salesforce. “There will be a negotiation process between people, businesses, government, and technology; how their data flows between all of those parties will get renegotiated in a new social data contract.”

Mentioned below is the link with the facts Microsoft of 2022: Doing more with less and how technology has played a foremost role in it.

The technology leading to an equitable society leads to a point that how beautifully with the help of technology and presence of human factor, this whole society can work in an equitable way.

What role should schools play in supporting students in the development of their digital identities?

Digital identities nowadays have become stronger than the social identities for any individual ! It is ironical that how I know so many people who create social media profile of their kids right after they are born and start posting their data on it.  Usage of social media is such that it’s existence can not be denied in our lives today and to be able to understand well can help to work around it better.

Schools are an integral part of lives and as soon as students enter the schools they start learning through different platforms which cover the learning milestones with the help of digitalization.  All the educational apps usage at school and exposure of social media related activities at home do give exposure to the youngsters about the unlimited world of internet. As educationist we can not deny the responsibility which comes on school’s side in creating digital foot print of students. It has to be a compulsory part of education to create awareness about ethical considerations which comes with the usage of digital media and the most important thing is to just not create your own identity but also to respect the presence of others around. All the bullying which has come with the day to day media’s influence is also a huge matter of concern and should be dealt by creating awareness from the school’s side. Teachers along with the everyday teaching can surely create a balance of the digital identity for students as we can not deny the fact that huge part of our curriculum is also based on digitalization. Overall emotional grooming along with the digital foot print formation can help the students understanding the balanced usage of technology.

Building Your Digital Footprint

What are your initial reactions to ChatGPT and other AI discussed today?

As an initial reaction to ChatGPT I feel it is one of an amazing invention where its a fascination for anyone who tries it. As an educationist it has unlimited scope attached to it which is all ready to do wonders for this generation. The way it has made possible for everyone to just find any kind of desired information on a single click is just remarkable! As a tool, ChatGPT is capable of having a conversation with the human beings and is all eligible to fulfill the learning demands. As teachers it is without any doubt fully capable to provide the desired knowledge but with it I have a strong feeling that it is also around with a limited scope of learning for both students and teachers as it will restrict that learning struggle at both the ends and will be able to produce the information which is just stored in it.

For the other AI tools mentioned there is no doubt in it that it is mind boggling to see that how easy and time saving life has become just with the introduction of so many tools. One of an example for that is LEX which is  there to support voice-based interactions, allowing users to interact with bots using their voice or how recut can be used in multiple ways by content creators for content creation and editing. My personal favorite would be RSS reading tool which is effective for staying up-to-date with the latest content from your favorite websites and organizing your reading in a more efficient way. Also many other tools like Tome, Otter or Synthesia alot of usage can be taken on daily basis but it is also very important to introduce these tools in a way where majority can use these tools to understand about the apt usage !

What is Chat GPT

Learning through Mobile

In this time of digitalization one of the biggest platform which has actually surpassed all the other mediums is a mobile phone ! With mobile phone learning has been made at so many platforms and has actually resulted in a real revolution. With mobile phone resulting in to be an accessible tool for masses it has genuinely helped a lot of people in getting actual results in comparison to the other fancy gadgets.

Via mobile phone with the available resources any individual who is willing to learn can have an access to e-books, pod casts, videos and many learning applications. Alot of people are able to earn money and run their own businesses just with the help of Mobile phones. So I strongly feel in today’s time where so much has been introduces in terms of technology this one gadget is still more valuable than all the other ones and we can not deny the productivity of mobile phones in real ways.

The Impact of gamification on student engagement and learning outcomes

Gamification is the use of game-like elements in non-game contexts, and it is becoming increasingly popular in education. By using elements such as points, badges, and leaderboards, educators can make learning more engaging and fun for students. But does gamification really improve student engagement and learning outcomes? In this blog post, we’ll explore the impact of gamification on student engagement and learning outcomes.

Benefits of Gamification Gamification can improve student engagement and motivation. By making learning more fun and interactive, students are more likely to be motivated to participate in class and complete assignments. Gamification can also make learning more enjoyable for students, which can help reduce stress and anxiety and increase their overall satisfaction with their educational experience.

Gamification can also help students develop problem-solving skills and critical thinking. When students are presented with challenges or obstacles in a game-like context, they are forced to think creatively and develop strategies to overcome those challenges. This can translate to real-world problem-solving skills and critical thinking abilities.

Examples of Gamification in Education There are many different ways that gamification can be used in education. Some examples include:

  • Game-based learning: This involves using video games or other game-like activities as part of the learning experience.
  • Simulations: These are virtual environments that simulate real-world scenarios and allow students to practice problem-solving and decision-making skills in a safe, controlled environment.
  • Digital badges: These are virtual rewards that students can earn for completing certain tasks or demonstrating mastery of certain skills.

Impact of Gamification on Learning Outcomes Several studies have been conducted on the impact of gamification on student learning outcomes. In general, these studies have found that gamification can have a positive impact on student engagement and motivation, as well as on learning outcomes such as test scores and grades.

For example, a study conducted by researchers at the University of Colorado found that students who played an educational game about fractions performed better on a post-test than students who learned about fractions using a traditional textbook. Another study conducted by researchers at the University of Wisconsin found that students who used an educational game to learn about genetics showed greater mastery of the material than students who learned about genetics using a traditional textbook.

Challenges and Considerations While gamification can be an effective way to improve student engagement and learning outcomes, it is not without its challenges. One potential challenge is that gamification can be expensive to implement, especially if it involves the development of custom games or simulations. Another challenge is that gamification can be time-consuming for educators, as it requires the creation of game-like activities and the tracking of student progress and rewards.

There are also ethical considerations around gamification, such as issues of equity and privacy. For example, some students may not have access to the technology or resources needed to participate in gamified learning activities, which could create a digital divide. Additionally, some educators may be concerned about the privacy implications of collecting data on student behavior and using that data to award rewards or punishments.

Conclusion Overall, gamification can be an effective way to improve student engagement and learning outcomes. By making learning more fun and interactive, gamification can help motivate students to participate in class and complete assignments. However, there are also challenges and considerations to keep in mind when using gamification in education, and it is important for educators to carefully evaluate the costs and benefits of gamification before implementing it in their classrooms.

Usage of AI for Middle-Aged people

Artificial Intelligence (AI) is becoming increasingly ubiquitous in our daily lives, and middle-aged people are no exception to this trend. From health and wellness to entertainment and finance, AI is transforming the way we live and work. In this blog post, we will explore some of the ways middle-aged people are using AI today.

  1. Health and Wellness: Middle-aged people are using AI-powered wearable devices to track their fitness and monitor their health. These devices can provide personalized recommendations for diet and exercise based on individual health data. AI-powered health apps can also help diagnose health conditions and provide customized treatment plans.
  2. Finance: AI is being used to manage personal finances and investments. AI-powered financial advisors can help middle-aged people make informed decisions about their retirement plans and investments. AI-powered budgeting apps can also help middle-aged people track their expenses and manage their finances more effectively.
  3. Entertainment: Middle-aged people are using AI-powered streaming services to access a vast library of movies and TV shows. AI-powered recommendation systems can help middle-aged people discover new content based on their viewing history and preferences. AI-powered virtual assistants can also help middle-aged people control their smart homes and access entertainment content more easily.
  4. Education: Middle-aged people are using AI-powered education platforms to acquire new skills and knowledge. AI-powered tutoring systems can help middle-aged people learn at their own pace and provide targeted feedback based on their individual learning needs. AI-powered language-learning apps can also help middle-aged people learn new languages more effectively.
  5. Communication: Middle-aged people are using AI-powered chatbots and virtual assistants to communicate more effectively with their colleagues and friends. AI-powered translation apps can also help middle-aged people communicate with people who speak different languages.

In conclusion, AI is transforming the way middle-aged people live and work. From health and wellness to finance and entertainment, AI-powered systems are providing personalized recommendations and improving the quality of life for middle-aged people. As AI continues to advance, we can expect to see even more innovative applications in the future.

Technology in 3rd world countries

With an outstanding progress taking place in technology, there are still countries which have access to very limited opportunities hence leading to a gap in global revolution. Due to which many of the world citizens still are left behind due to political , economic and social reasons. Material deprivation and less qualified instructors being the primary factors in creating this societal learning gap.

At one side where AI is making breakthrough progress, on the other side huge part of the world is still struggling to either equal opportunities or the knowledge for the correct usage of technology. In todays day and time technology is the only way towards sustainability and to be able to benefit from it developing countries should also be provided with basic rights to civilization and progress.

With more investment in research based projects youngsters, lower enrollment rates in higher education and thus limited supply of trained professionals of the countries in discussion can also prove their abilities to be utilized in the right direction, which may lead to better chances for the current and upcoming generations.  Technology will bridge the third world countries to the rest of the world and make them more approachable. A sustainable technology department will offer better opportunities and raise the standard of living of the people living there. It will also create more job opportunities and will enhance the education system to achieve a sustainable economic wealth.