Digital devices are all rage in designing spaces for immersive learning. In recent years, schools are redesigning classrooms to make the students pro at handling technology, focussing on a job-oriented curriculum.
Chalkboard and backpacks are being complemented with intuitive devices and online lessons.
Technology will never replace great teachers, but technology in the hands of great teachers is transformational.
Our children belong to Generation Z, they have grown up using gadgets. And hence, incorporating technology in the classroom should not be an add-on, but a standard.
Learning platforms provided by tech companies like Google are fueling the children’s creativity. The list of supporting initiatives by Google in K-12 education is long, but we try to enlist the benefits. Google Classrooms that were earlier open to individuals with G suits for education accounts are since March, also available to anyone using Gmail personal accounts. So what’s the benefit of a Google Classroom and why should educators be excited?
Google Classrooms provide a seamless and paperless way for schools to create, distribute and rate the students on their K-12 worksheets. The Learning Management System allows anyone with a Google account to create and teach a class. Various Google products like sheets, excel, docs, calendar, and search expedite learning and make it fluid.
With an easy interface to schedule and take classes, step by step analysis of lessons, real-time tracking of student progress, and timely feedback, Google Classrooms solve greater problems of K-12 education. It is no less than a super-power for teachers to captivate the attention and steer the student progress in the right direction, the way they want.
Christopher Conant of Boise, Idaho is an elementary school teacher whose students were generally very excited to leave the school in summer breaks. After using Classroom the preceding year, astonishingly, the students requested to keep the classrooms open during the break this year.
“Classroom is a tool that keeps kids connected and learning as a community, well beyond the school day, school year and school walls,”, an elated Christopher who continued posting assignments for students during the break.
Besides being a success story that induced urge for learning in students, this instance also proves how technology can cut the dead air & nurture a trust-based student-teacher relationship.
Google Expeditions – another classroom penetrating device that is an essential school supply for many
Expeditions create a secret window to the awe-inspiring world through virtual world tours, that each student can use differently. Google Expeditions in VR let the learners know their surroundings more intricately, and also let them discover the truth behind the ‘hear-say’ of distant places.
If schools weren’t affirmative of Expeditions VR, why would Expeditions AR be the future plan for Google? The paramount of technology and an innovative leader, Google announced its plans of bringing expeditions in Augmented Reality during the Google I/O 2017.
VR views can be easily incorporated into lessons. Students can access 360-degree images & graphics of famous locations, ancient sites, and can also peep inside the human digestive system and nervous system. Dissimilar to conventional learning from 2-D images or videos, expeditions allow students to study their objects from a different perspective, quite literally. They can tilt their heads and witness their subjects in a new light.
For lessons that are so hard to understand, students can immerse themselves in the world of VR & learn by practical understanding, benefit from easy recollection of facts, and also challenge their minds.
The benefits of Expeditions have had a far-reached impact and now, almost every progressive school has managed a VR lesson. In the Middle East, where educational reform is a top priority under GCC Vision 2030, Munfarid Consulting (a Bahraini organization) has laid down an ambitious innovation-backed road-map. They are the first Middle East Company to bring VR in education and also the official Google Expeditions partner in the Middle East.
Presently, Munfarid is spreading awareness about the benefits of Expeditions for K-12 education through VRXOne, a Virtual Reality experience kit and a basis for talent development through pedagogical development. It has been recognized as one of the best VR apps.
With a track progress and dilated range of education outcomes coupled by their initiatives of taking technology to schools, the enterprise believes that the academic curriculum and tutoring methods must be in line with the needs of the job market.
To lay the foundation of a robust economy formed by innovative and driven youth, we must nurture our real natural resource in the schools.