Can we avert Internet technology in this epoch? Not at all. Is it possible to deny the fact of how the internet has changed every person’s lifestyle, No ways? Can one stop pondering on how one can make the best use of this Technology, Ummmm not under any condition. But we can use the Internet and change the mannerisms of digital learning. Let’s check out how it can be done:
The internet technology has drastically affected various sectors in India. Heading the education sector, this technology has given birth to internet addicts through smartphones.
Current scenario of the classrooms
Imagine entering a lecture hall of a college, the first thing that grabs one’s attention are those eyeballs in a rectangular device trying to hide themselves to click selfies.
Yes, you heard it right, this is the stark reality of today’s classrooms in India. Gone are those days where students ran behind teachers for notes, rather today; the students are instead taking snapshots of notes from their teachers and fellow mates.
So yes, welcome to today’s generation who cannot live without smartphones for even a second.
They’re immune to the actions taken by the teacher due to their illegitimate activities. These mobile zombies are immune to the rules of not using cell phones. Hence, the Jeering of professors rather proves to be inept in diverting the attention of students. So, is the “lack of focus” due to the ineffectiveness of teachers? Or is it the student-smartphone relationship to be blamed?
The answer to this is completely disputable, but there are certain remedies to improvise the student-teacher relationship and dismiss the constant tussle amidst the students and professors. This is only possible when innovation will meet the masses, when a mishmash of new ideas will take place with existing ones, to bring forward a completely new science of learning.
Solutions to conventional forms of learning & the prospective tools of education
1. Adoption of Blended learning – Stepping outside the comfort zone
The mundane classrooms can’t be ejected out of the system, rather combinations of traditional and virtual classrooms can solve the problem. ” Blended learning” uses hybrid classrooms where both features of traditional and virtual classrooms are applied. Interactional activities that are not possible virtually are conducted face-to-face. Thus, this technique makes learning more participative as well as innovative.
2. Use of Smartphones- the device for new-age of learning
*Stop blinking your eyes*……This may sound crazy but you read it right. Mobile learning has proven to be one viable option for teachers to generate a hassle-free teaching experience. Even UNESCO accepts this ubiquitous technique for the advocacy of digital learning.
Mobiles can boost up the teaching environment ( Making your weaknesses your strengths) through mobile applications, sharing material on Google drives, engaging in discussions and production of useful content. Hence this bane can now be turned into a boon if employed judiciously.
3. Gamification, the fun way of learning
The integration of electronic components within the education system of India has become a pivotal aspect in a tech-savvy world. Especially where the upcoming technologies are well acquainted by young minds. Gamification is that ingredient that possesses the potential to change the whole scenario of learning.
The glam-factor of this technique involves video game layouts and entertainment elements to provide a fun learning experience. This technique also uses video games, quizzes, and even 3d simulation systems.
4. Social learning – Considering the unconsidered
Classroom discussions rarely talk about Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, LinkedIn, and other social platforms. Social media is one offshoot of the internet world which has overpowered the minds of all. These platforms generate large amounts of material daily, which aid in widening the spectrum of one’s mind. Therefore generating awareness and knowledge; which is the ultimate goal of education.
Social learning in today’s time has become significant and can create a stage for discussions that would help in inviting participants from in and outside the peer group. Hence, Teachers can freely assign tasks to students and monitor their activities simultaneously.
5. Flipped Learning – flicking the classroom
As the name suggests, “Flip Learning” is a type of blended learning which beliefs in the motto of “school work at home and homework at school”. This technique allows the students to play the role of the teachers and vice-versa. The ultimate goal is to lessen the burden of teachers and hooking in the focus of students. This technique efficiently modifies the teaching culture. It also allows the learner to dig into the depths of the topics with the guidance of teachers.
Many people may question the use of this technique without the components of digital learning but wait a minute, have you wondered how incomplete this method could appear without its key constituents. Digital learning in a flipped class proves to be significant for students to procure reliable and updated information. Whereas it helps the teachers to deliver an instant and anonymous evaluation of the student. Therefore it is difficult to implement the mentioned tactics without digital elements.
6. Informational blog posts- developing a user-friendly method
Blogs in the forms of articles, essays and videos are in vogue. Implementation of this technique in the education sector can change the teaching process efficaciously. Blogs have become the new way of jotting down notes and sharing it amongst the group members and future audiences. The flexibility of viewing, sharing, and ease of access to information increases the chances of this method to be a hit among active learners.
7. Massive Open Online Courses(MOOCs)- an emerging enterprise
MOOCs are a bit offbeat from this topic, but it is an effective measure to gain knowledge through distance learning. These courses are generally open for varsity students who prefer to work as per their terms and conditions. Hence, this learning is useful for those who require their own space and time. Those who prefer digital learning instead of traditional classroom teaching also find this method very effective.
What makes this technique so crucial?
These measures help to strengthen the student-teacher relationship. Most of them concerning the factors like infrastructure, student satisfaction, the know-how of educators and the proper availability of software licenses. Both the “factors” and “techniques” go hand in hand for putting forward a successful education system.
Therefore, keeping in mind all these factors of a “dynamic environment”, one can perceive the changing behavior of students to be sheer indicators of a faulty education system which has to be altered soon with the new modes of E-learning.
Elliot Masie says, “We need to bring learning to people instead of people to learning.”. This completely applies in a dynamic society like today where new modes of learning are generated regularly. So the bottom line is that teachers must understand the requirements of students and vice versa.