While technology has transformed nearly every area of the business world, a stigma still remains when it comes to technology in the classroom. A significant number of instructors and administrators, however, are beginning to recognize the value of technology in the classroom by embracing blended learning solutions and digital classrooms.
South Staffordshire College in the UK, for example, has been working with IBM to build a digital campus replete with augmented reality, 4D laser projections, and surround sound projection systems that can be controlled by instructors via smartphone apps. A.T. Still University’s Arizona School of Dentistry and Florida’s Daytona State College are two US-based institutions that are undergoing similar digital transformations. A core component of ATSU’s curriculum is web-based, interactive lectures. DSC started building what it hails as the “Classroom of the Future” – a wireless learning space built for collaboration, multi-platform device support, interactive whiteboarding and videoconferencing – in 2012.
“Students don’t want to sit in an antiquated classroom for eight hours a day. They want technology that allows them more flexibility,” said Maureen Romer of ATSU in a recent EdTech Magazine article.
Research supports her theory. According to the 2013 EDUCAUSE Center for Applied Research (ECAR) Study of Undergraduate Students and Information Technology survey, three-quarters of U.S. students believe technology helps them achieve their academic goals. Two-thirds of those surveyed say technology will better prepare them for the workforce.
Clearly if the education system is going to adequately equip and train the next generation workforce, technology needs to be widely welcomed and utilized in the classrooms. While personal devices, social media and other technology tools may have been viewed as distractions in the past, educational institutions must shift their perspective to be effective and successful, just as any business must update their own business models when looking to remain relevant and profitable in their own industry.
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