Authored by Learning Matters and Shruthi Sharma, marketing intern

Authored by Learning Matters and Shruthi Sharma, marketing intern

We live in a world that is constantly changing. Tablets are replacing textbooks, smartphones are replacing libraries and social media is replacing face-to-face interactions. While some educators are against this change in classrooms, the truth is that this change is inevitable and schools should find ways to use technology effectively in the classroom. Technology need not be seen as an enemy. It can be seen as a tool to  help improve the classroom experience, both for the teacher and the student.
Let’s look at the advantages of using technology mindfully and effectively in the classroom.

1.It makes teaching and learning fun! Monotonous classes can be made interesting with the effective use of videos, online quizzes, collaborative tools and real-time data. Human beings’ attention spans are reducing everyday and introducing new elements can help with holding students’ interest in the classroom.

2.It increases retention rate – A study conducted at Rochester Institute of Technology found that use of a technology-rich learning environment in several courses has improved learning and decreased withdrawals and failing grades in courses. It was found that 90% of the students using technology-rich material reported that they had experienced an increase in retention rate and the change from a conventional classroom setting had a positive impact on them.

3.It personalizes learning – The old narrative of ‘one-size fits all’ is changing. People prefer content that is personalized and the biggest advantage that e-learning has is the fact the the student can view content as many times as they want and do with it whenever they want. They can even choose to access the type of content they want. This gives them the opportunity to learn as per their individual pace and schedule. With a little help and guidance, self-paced study has been known to have many positive impacts on students.

4.It provides a real-time connect – Modern learners are never apart from their phones. Social media and online chat forums are the places they turn to most frequently to express feelings and emotions. The younger generation seems to be hooked to social media websites as well. Replicating this culture and encouraging collaborative learning can help students interact in real time and teachers and experts can play the role of mediators in these forums to help anchor discussions in the right direction.