Smart education is playing an important role in the education sector. It has helped in improving the skillsets of students and made learning more interactive and engaging.
A Greek philosopher once said, “The only constant in life is change.” The same goes for technology, which has become extremely advanced in the past few years and brought many changes in our daily lives. It has also modernised various sectors, including education and learning. Information and Communication Technology (ICT) has played a key role in changing the dynamics of modern-day education, teaching, and learning.
ICT is deeply integrated into classrooms and coaching centres and has completely changed the traditional methods of teaching. It has also improved the skillsets of students such as global awareness, communication and collaboration, critical thinking and problem solving, social and cross-cultural skills, and self-direction.
These days learning is not only about gaining knowledge but also developing intrapersonal and cognitive skills. As rightly said by experts, the efficacy and success of learning depend not only on the outside environment but also on the suitability of the learning process.
Smart learning is nothing but an amalgamation of technologies. It includes three imperative parameters—learning outcomes, learning behaviour, and mental systems.
The paradigm shift in education
Smart education offers a huge paradigm shift in the way students access education. The rapid changes in technology make it difficult for teachers to understand what the future will be like in the coming years. Smart education solves this quandary with the use of cutting-edge technologies that help both teachers and students to prepare themselves for the road ahead. The unique aspect is that it can be done in both physical and virtual environments.
While speaking about smart education and its benefits in the coming years, we need to understand the importance of technology in education and how it is going to shape the future. The recent market research report from Technavio predicts that the smart classroom market in India will grow at a CAGR of more than twenty per cent in 2020.
College, coaching, and school classrooms are now furnished with state-of-the-art tech-based education tools that completely wipe out the traditional methods of education.
Electronic items such as projectors and document cameras have made colleges and schools smarter and eco-friendly.
Benefits of smart education
While speaking about various aspects of smart education, we need to look at the various benefits it offers to the education sector. This sector has already adopted tech-based teaching methods with the use of interactive intelligent boards, projectors, smart notebooks, etc. No doubt, these gadgets make teaching sessions much more interactive and engaging. Let’s find out some of the top benefits of smart education in the education sector.
Students’ engagement rate has escalated by 55 per cent globally after the introduction of technology in schools and colleges, as per a report by Gallup. Instead of traditional blackboards, smartboards are now being used in schools to help teachers and college professors give lectures more effectively by utilising various projections. In addition, teachers can explain their chapters more easily with the help of special effects and graphics.
Role of online resources
A smart classroom is furnished with projectors and digital display boards that help teachers to provide practical solutions from the Internet in a trouble-free manner. Students can also look for various topics on the Internet related to their subjects.
With the use of smart technology and electronic gadgets, information can be shared more effectively with the use of photos, maps, graphs, flowcharts, and animated videos. It makes teaching sessions and learning more interactive, easy to understand, and fascinating. Topics can be understood much better through visuals rather than just reading from the blackboard.
This is another major benefit of smart education. In the conventional methods of studies, students need to prepare long hand-written notes, whereas smart education aids students to make presentations online and get feedback from their teachers in much lesser time. The same goes for teachers as well as they do not need to worry about giving verbal or written notes because presentations can be shared directly with all the students.
Overall, understanding of technology offers enhanced skills required for a digital future. Teachers, on the other hand, are also required to learn new technologies and methods of executing them in conventional classrooms with the utilisation of ICT. By implementing sophisticated learning techniques, such as online virtual classrooms, virtual learning environments, cloud servers, smartphones, etc, teachers can help students to grasp more out of learning.