5 New Tech Devices You’ll See in Schools Soon
It’s amazing how much schools of today still resemble those from the early 20th century. Just thinking of a school still conjures up images of chalkboards (or whiteboards), books, and rows of desks. However, that image of school is soon to undergo a huge transformation. In recent years, technologically has slowly crept its way into the classroom through the introduction of computers, and more recently, tablets. It is expected that technology will continue to be incorporated into the learning process, and the following five devices could become the new cornerstones of modern education.
1. Digital Textbooks
The young adults of today will all likely agree that books are so last century. Schools are more likely to rely on E-Readers as means of providing textbooks and literature. In fact, schools in South Korea are already ditching paper-based educational tools. E-Readers, such as Amazon’s Kindle, will provide cost-effective instructional material which can be continuously updated to reflect changes in lesson plans or updates in the news.
2. Virtual Reality Devices
The daily use of virtual reality devices in homes and businesses is soon to be a reality. These devices also have future applications in the school setting. Oculus VR (recently bought out by Facebook) is developing applications for educational purposes. Non-profits such as Public VR are already using virtual reality, via the Discovery Dome, to immerse students in virtual historical or cultural environments. Most educational VR advocates suggest that the medium could be used for virtual field trips, science experiments, and unique programs for special needs students.
3. Digital Microscopes
For many students, the best part of science class is looking at things with a microscope. However, the antiquated notion of a microscope is about to change. Digital microscope cameras from places like Microscope.com can be used in place of traditional models to give students an up close and personal view of selected samples. Instead of examining items through an eyepiece, the digital microscope camera displays the sample on a computer screen, in vivid, detailed quality, and shots also be displayed on a white board with a projector. This device makes group work easier, and allows students to save images for further research.
4. Biometrics Devices
Another future classroom technology involves using biometric measuring devices to track student abilities and progress. These devices will be paired with a specially designed software which will monitor both the psychological and physical responses to classroom instruction. The data recovered can assist educators in determining whether students are absorbing the material taught, and whether certain pupils need further assistance.
5. Touch Screen Desks and Whiteboards
Soon, the use of pencils, paper, and chalk (or dry-erase markers) may come to an end. Education technology specialists believe that the current fleet of wood and metal desks may be retired in favor of desks with interactive touch screens. Students will be able to use the entire desk surface as a multi-touch screen, similar to how one uses an iPad. Textbooks and other learning materials may be incorporated into the “desktop” touch screen, and students will also be able to complete in-class work, and take exams. This concept is likely to be especially effective for math and science courses to help students conceptualize abstract ideas in real-time.
How Far Will Tech Take Classrooms?
The five technologies listed above are only a few of the things that will likely transform classrooms in the near future. The continued use of new technology is likely to change the way classrooms operate altogether. In the end, such devices will make it easier to provide an individualized learning process for each student, and will allow students to fully interact with the world. The best part is that the revolution in learning has already begun.