You may recall seeing the cute one-year-old on YouTube swiping an iPad and then trying to do the same with a printed magazine in hand. She’s trying to press the cover of the magazine to click to open it up, and it’s not working. Then she swipes the inside page but it’s not turning – nothing seems to be happening. In the end, she concludes that the printed magazine is no good, and returns to the iPad that does work.
That’s the way of the digital world and the impact it’s having on even the smallest children. They want to see, touch, and have an interactive experience when reading, learning, gathering information. This evolution is affecting our approach to education on every level. Take a look at just some of the trends we’re seeing.
Internet connection at home and at school is part of everyday learning. According to a study released last year, 2013 Speak Up Survey from Project Tomorrow, 64% of students surveyed identify 3G- or 4G-enabled devices as their primary means of connecting to the Internet, with another 23% saying they connect through an Internet-enabled TV or Wii console. What does that translate to? When doing research on topics, students of all ages are turning to the Internet for historical information, facts, statistics, graphics and more. Moreover, many students are now using Skype and Face Time to have study sessions online with their classmates and friends when they’re at home.
Video has also become a bit tool in recent years, with 46% of teachers using video in the classroom, according to the study. At the same, students are also accessing online videos to help them with their homework. Many are turning to online video tutorials to help teach them.
The use of mobile devices is another trend that is helping students become more efficient in their day-to-day tasks and to transform their own learning processes. The Speak Up Survey cites that 60% of students are using mobile devices for research at any given time, 43% for educational games and 40 % to collaborate with their friends. Thirty-three percent of students surveyed use mobile devices to receive academic-related reminders and alerts, 24% for taking photos of their assignments, and 18% for in-class polling.
Education in and outside the classroom is clearly changing as technology provides new methodologies for teaching and learning.