When I was a student in elementary school, we had desks, teachers, and blackboards (not even whiteboards!). My interaction with technology in the classroom was limited to an exciting experience playing Oregon Trail, a software game that my teachers leveraged as a hands-on experience for students to see what kinds of challenges pioneers faced going west in the 1800’s. When I think about how deeply entrenched technology is in education today, I realize my teachers were quite ahead of the curve!
Anyone who has witnessed a child play with a smartphone can attest to the fact that technology comes easily to kids. Educators today are well aware of this situation and have been creating innovative ways to engage the interest in technology with school curriculum. Kids now “know” technology as a part of education starting as early as kindergarten. Whether it’s a laptop carts, tablets in the classroom, smart boards, or leveraging the internet as a pure teaching tool, the availability of technological resources places no limits on how education can be delivered and innovated.
A Pew Research survey on 2,462 teachers indicates that 73% of their students use mobile devices to complete assignments, 45% use e-readers, and 43% use tablets. Technology in the classroom is not a future trend, it is already here.
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Rahul, we must be about the same age. I too remember playing “Oregon Trail” at school. Our computer time was a reward for a job well done in Math class.
Rahul, its a great article! Unfortunately in India education goes mobile only at higher levels. You can count the number of schools on your finger tips using or officially allowing students to use mobiles/tablets to do school work.
Text books prevail here, though mobile content solutions are available for competitive exams post high school.
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