In the present day, digital learning has changed education entirely by bridging the gap between the student and teacher. Nowadays all you need is an internet connection to study whatever you want. Technology has turned the impossible possible by allowing us to connect a student in the remotest area of a third world country with a qualified teacher from anywhere in the world. Below are some of the most important ways in which digital learning has revolutionized education:
● The demand of eBooks has increased rapidly and the good news is that students no longer need to carry big bulky bags on their shoulders filled with huge books to the classroom. There are plenty of tablets and e-readers available in the market which makes it easier for a student to study. These devices also make it easier to highlight important passages and write your own comments without spoiling physical copies of the books. Sites like Project Gutenberg also mean that many of these texts are available online for free too.
● Collaborating has become much easier now. You don’t need to share a library or a classroom to work together on projects and assignments. You can easily contact each other through email, Skype and other Cloud applications. Even if you are face-to-face with students you can still use this technology to share the resources you will need for that lesson and allow all the students to work together on the same activity, worksheet or article.
● Interactive Learning: Thanks to YouTube and other video sites interactive learning has found a new meaning. The biggest advantage you have now is that you can go back to any part of the lecture and pause, rewind or fast-forward it according to your will. The boring textbooks have replaced websites which have tons of additional materials to keep students engaged and help make learning an enjoyable experience. Teacher Training Videos is great place to find resources like this, and you can read EduStaff’s review here.
● Use social media constructively. One can learn so much through social media, provided they don’t misuse their freedom. Teachers and students can work together through groups and pages opened specifically for sharing ideas about their course, subject or profession. You can add your teachers and fellow learners in your friend list and communicate with them one on one whenever you want. Some of the top site for teachers to use are We Collaborate and Teachers Engage, but there are plenty of blogs and resources sites for commenting and sharing ideas.
● Remote learning: Some people may choose to go for blended learning and take both online and offline classes. This way they get the best of both the worlds. Sometimes it is not possible to cover everything and ensure every student got to grips with the lesson. However, now online education helps your students follow up on parts of the lessons they were struggling with or the areas they found particularly interesting. So you can always refer them to websites and online resources if some of the students are still struggling by the time the bell rings, although you must be sure to check they understand the topic in the next lesson. I am sure we have all got caught up in a Wikipedia ‘click trance’ in the past, so you can see how both students and teachers can get fully absorbed in seemingly unending amounts of factual pages about the topics that interest them.
Author Bio: Andy Bell is an everyday learner and editor, working at Tutoring Help. He is passionate about helping online learning businesses to achieve their goals. He loves tutoring and his favorite subjects are maths and English, but he has also taken honors classes in science and history. Outside the classroom, he enjoys tennis and is an active member of the Rancho Crandon Park.