Digital Learning in Schools / Education

Good Learning is a term which is generally associated with either teaching or educating. A student adopts different strategies to be a good learner either through the classroom interaction or through the help of various new technologies. The emergence of new technologies pushes education to understanding and leveraging these technologies for classroom use; at the same time, the ground implementation of these technologies in the classroom can directly impact how these technologies take shape.

The educators are trying to find meaningful ways to incorporate these technologies in the classrooms – and one of the ways India has adopted it is via the Smart Classrooms. Undoubtedly, without these recent technologies in a classroom, strong morals can still be achieved, but there’s a sharp connection between the way students are taught in the school and the way the outside world approaches socialisation and accomplishment.

As educators continue to explore and expand these technologies, the educational community as a whole will grow its collective body of knowledge of best practices with them. These days Smart classes are not the only way which has digitalised our classrooms, many tools like Molecular Workbench, StarLogo, TNG and NING etc are various other ways by which we have enhanced our education system giving our students an opportunity to visualise and open their minds to creativity.

Our current generations of students have been completely normalised by digital technologies; it is a fully integrated aspect of their lives i.e. they are connected through the internet to the entire world by Face-book, whatsapp, twitter, Snapchat, Google,Yahoo , Gmail, etc. With the Techno-savvy generation of today, many apps like Study mode, My Space, Linked In, World of Warcraft etc. have been a major source for their increasing knowledge of the ever-changing world.

Not surprisingly this “transformation” has serious implications in the space of education. Nearby all institutions have harnessed aspects of these technologies. Yet educational institutions have been reluctant to embrace these technologies and even “Smart Class” are only available in some schools; whereas it should have been made compulsory in all schools as they help the students to not only visualise their course but also to understand and interact in a better environment. But attacking educators current practices combined with the lack of acknowledgement of current best practices only hinders the growth of the education sector. Hence the good learning and good teaching could only be achieved by the visualising of the course and the interaction of the students-teacher in the classroom.

Of course, changing instructional approaches is no easy task, particularly when technology is involved. Adopting and integrating technology-based instructional strategies has a long history of challenges, but with it will come a great understanding of how to achieve success with them.

Digital learning in schools opens doors of education even for those to whom getting formal education or quality education remains a distant dream. It evokes sensory learning as a child grasps fast when he observes rather than when he crams. Digital learning also promotes self-learning which is proven to be the best kind of learning.

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