Top 5 Technological Trends That Are Changing the Face of Education

Technology in education has evolved so expeditiously that a picture of a classroom five years ago compared to one today would likely not feature a single identical device.

Even 20 years ago, the concept of an online college would have been inconceivable.

From kindergarten all the way up through higher education, students are becoming better acquainted with academic concepts and communicating with teachers in an entirely different way from the dusty chalkboards, flickering overhead projectors and after-school conferences of yesteryear.

Keeping up with the pace is imperative to performing well both in school and in a professional setting.

I’ve compiled this handy list of the top five coolest and most advanced technology trends in education to note:

1. Electronic Blackboards

If you’re one of those people who still gets chills at the thought of nails on a chalkboard, you’ll be glad to hear that they are slowly being replaced by both whiteboards and an even more recent advancement known as electronic blackboards.

Electronic blackboards are essentially giant LCD screens that were first introduced by Samsung almost two years ago.

The device measures 65 inches tall and features an LCD touchscreen display with a built-in PC for optimal functionality.

Instructors can use the eBoard to showcase videos on the Internet, display web pages, and create detailed and interactive projects for students, thus adding a new level of engagement to classroom learning.

2. The Cloud

This is another advancement in technology in education.

According to Anthony Salcito of Microsoft’s Education Insights, more than 22 million students, faculty and staff were using Microsoft’s cloud services in education as of January 2012.

This number is expected to continue to increase as we progress further into 2012, with more and more schools recognizing the invaluable benefits of cloud services in data security, back-up and collaborative potential.

Working in the cloud eliminates educational setbacks (or excuses) such as leaving project information at home or being unable to meet as a group to complete a team project.

With the cloud, educational information is always safe and accessible when needed, making it a staple in the classroom.

3. Online Classes

More and more traditional institutions are adding online courses to their curriculums, and the number of students taking these courses is continuing to grow with each passing school year.

According to the Babson Survey Research Group’s annual survey, more than 6.1 million students took at least one online course during the fall of 2010, which is a 10.1 percent increase from 2009.

Taking it a step further, online colleges are also growing in popularity, which is changing the face of education as we know it.

With this technological trend, more students are able to access higher education that may have otherwise been excluded due to a busy schedule and other time-consuming responsibilities.

4. iPads

Just this past February, TIME Magazine reported that students who use iPads in the classroom score better in literacy tests than those who don’t.

This conclusion was based on a recent study that revealed that 266 kindergartners in Auburn Maine who used iPads as a learning aid scored higher on literacy tests and were more enthusiastic about learning than students who didn’t use the devices.

As a result of these and other studies, schools all across the country are beginning to implement tablets into the classroom to improve student engagement as well as communication between students and instructors.

5. Mobile Phones

Once seen as a nuisance in the classroom, mobile phones are gradually being accepted in the classroom as helpful learning tools, rather than simply outlets for distraction.

According to Audrey Watters of KQED, more than three-quarters of teens own a cell phone and about 40 percent own a smartphone.

For college students, this figure is even higher with more than half of college students aged 18 to 24 claiming to own a smartphone, despite making less than $15,000 a year.

Because of the prevalence of smartphones, both students and instructors are staying better connected and more organized by downloading many of the helpful educational apps available at the app store.

Once unanimously agreed upon as the antithesis of learning, technology is now becoming a core educational tool for students in all grade levels.

Technology is now more than just a fundamental component of every educational curriculum, but is also used as an exclusive learning platform for online institutions.

With the tremendous results we’ve seen from the integration of technology thus far, the future is sure to have even greater, more technologically advanced tools in store.

This article is written on behalf of American InterContinental University.

Lindsay Harper Mac
Lindsey Harper Mac is a professional writer living in the Indianapolis area. She specializes in writing guest posts on social media and education. Currently, Lindsey is completing work on her master’s degree.
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2 Responses to “Top 5 Technological Trends That Are Changing the Face of Education”

  1. Jon Nemeth says:

    I think the cloud is definitely the biggest improvement to Education in years. The number of things that cloud-based computing does to improve education is boggling. For my part, the greatest benefit of the cloud for schools is it allows them to get away from costly local server installation and hosting. That includes hardware, installation, licensing, maintenance, and all the extra IT staff to maintain it.

    The Cloud has also enabled schools to use free tools like from anywhere in the world at anytime and be able to access their classroom data and communicate with students.

  2. Well as we can see now a days the way of education is changing. Traditional books and education system is not compatible with this young generation. Ipad, note pads, ebooks, wikis are the best way to know about a particular thing.

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