Report highlights impact of technology in education

Posted on Monday, 1/27/2014 11:02 AM

Technology has revolutionized the field of education within the past few years, from introducing student software that can provide resources previously unavailable to users to 3-D technology changing the way students create work within the classroom. Gold Mercury International recently released a report, "The Future of E-Ducation: The Impact of Technology and Analytics on the Education Industry," that explores the ways in which technology has drastically altered how educators approach the classroom. 

The report notes that these ever-changing trends have affected children in all educational settings, changing the way both preschoolers and high schoolers interact with lessons. 

Constant innovation
What marks the integration of technology in the classroom is its ability to change at the drop of a hat. Teachers and students are forced to remain fluid in their education, changing as quickly as their new software. With the introduction of cloud computing in schools, institutions have the ability to offer students access to more information and resources as they become available. Additionally, grants from government and private corporations have allowed for the purchase of tablet and mobile technology for all students, increasing the amount of interactive tools and games teachers are able to implement within the classroom.

As the field of educational technology continues to shift, institutions must remain open-minded when adopting the newest trends in order to maximize their potential.

Customizable classrooms
Individualized learning has been one of the greatest achievements to come from the increased implementation of technology in the classroom, the report claims. With online formats such as the virtual classroom and free access to MOOCs, or massive open online courses, students have the ability to move through lessons at their own pace. Blended learning, which gained steam in 2013 and continues to garner attention in the new year, allows children to customize their learning experience and work with teachers who can assist at whichever level the student may fall. The report calls on teachers to monitor student progress as they continue to blend physical and virtual learning environments.

Universal access
One of the most important new ways technology has impacted education is the universal access it provides to all students, regardless of class, sex or race. Students living in more rural areas are gaining the ability to interact with devices they may have never seen before, including learning resources that will continue to assist in their overall education. As the Internet continues to provide free learning tools, students from all across the globe will continue to receive the best educational experience possible. 

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