Technology is gradually taking over many aspects of human society including education. The modern education methods have evolved to incorporate technology in the dissemination of information and knowledge. This has sped up the advancement of the classroom environment, leading to a number of positive changes.
While a portion of the education sector remains untouched by the technology, majority of classrooms in India have been revolutionized by education technology. The merits are self-evident. The changes can be seen in the performance, attendance and overall development of the students.
The question now stands on how to utilize technology to its full potential to draw out the best results. There are a number of technologically-advanced products in the market to revolutionize the pedagogical methods. Here are some examples to name a few.
Types of Technology in a Smart Classroom
Globus Infocom offers a wide range of products in smart classroom technology that includes digital whiteboard, digital board, multimedia projector, digital podium, virtual classroom, digital teaching system, etc. These innovative products and solutions have successfully transformed many classrooms and lecture rooms in state-run schools and colleges.
An Interactive Board comprises of a ceramic surface touch-activated with the help of Infrared sensors. The tough, rugged ceramic surface is scratch-resistant, gloss-free and marker stain-resistant. It combines the latest tools like annotation features, hotkeys and multi-touch support to aid teaching. The ceramic surface of the Interactive Board also doubles up as a projector screen adding to the usability of the smart classroom solution.
Multimedia projectors provide a holistic solution to create a smart classroom environment. With its multiple features, the projectors become a centrepiece of a classroom’s advance enhancement. The teachers can display a piece of information on the projector screen, making the content to reach even the last bench of the classroom. It rules out the need to crowd around the laptop or desktop monitor to view a presentation or content. Installation of multimedia projectors result in the following benefits
- Easier note-taking
- An interactive learning experience
- Great versatility for teachers
- Better utilization of the class time
Visualizer or a document camera is a compact, feature rich visual presenter which can be used in conjugation with digital board, digital teaching system, interactive board and digital podium. The powerful optical zoom of the visualizers helps to highlight even the tiniest detail of a document or 3-D object. This way, a teacher can easily share excerpts from books, maps and even real-time objects with the entire classroom without having to leave their place. It also comes with the feature to take screenshots of the real-time images and even annotate on them.
Replacing the conventional podium, digital podium is a gen-next tool to amp up the classroom learning experience. The CRCA metal frame is embedded with tools like a motorized screen, gooseneck microphone, sliding cover, RFID and mechanical lock, etc. The sturdy metallic frame is rust-resistant and comes with multiple lock mechanism for safety when not in use. It can be used in medium-sized classrooms and lecture rooms to deliver lessons. The wireless microphone connectivity increases two-way interaction between the teacher and students.
Digital Teaching System
This all-in-one teaching solution consists of several components including an Interactive Board, Digital Teaching Device, Visualizer, Short Throw Projector and a Pointer. It comes with an easy-to-use Plug & Play interface which is convenient for everyday classroom use. With its premium built quality and durable hardware, Digital Teaching System sets a seamless arrangement of learning in a classroom.
Digital Board is another smart classroom tool to make learning more technologically-rich and gauge students’ understanding of a subject. It comes with an Interactive Flat Panel Display, Digital Teaching Device and Visualizer to create a digitally-rich learning environment. The pre-loaded content arms the teachers to create more engagement among the students.
How important it is to use technology in classrooms?
There are multiple advantages of having technology in classrooms. According to a survey, 9 out of every 10 students believe that incorporating technology in education can prepare them for a digital future. Being technologically-advanced is one of the most requisite features in the 21st century. Jobs today have technological aspects involved, like knowing how to operate a laptop/PC thoroughly. Introducing technology right from a young age can help the children understand it better as they grow up.
Here are some of the benefits of having technology in classroom
Improved information retention
When displayed in the multimedia format, information is better retained among the students. Presenting information in PowerPoint form as opposed to traditional textbook reading can have a positive impact on how much learners can retain. The results so far have been highly positive in terms of information retention.
Students can learn at their own pace
Technology allows learners to learn at their own pace. For example, online education lets students customize their speed themselves. They don’t have to match the speed of the instructor. Technology also helps students to interact individually with students who are struggling with the curriculum. Teachers can regularly monitor the learning patter of each and every student individually.
Students can get accustomed with technology
Students won’t grow up and struggle with technology at their workplace anymore. Integrating technology into learning curriculum can ensure smooth transition from classroom to real life activities. Also, if technology is used in learning there are lesser chances of students getting addicted to it in a harmful way.
Lesser carbon footprint
Since there will be no dependence on chalk, duster, paper and ink while teaching, the carbon footprint of the school is reduced. The multimedia content in the smart board is reusable and can be customized anytime without causing any loss of paper or ink. Smartboards can work even in low light conditions, thus reducing dependence on bright ambient lighting while teaching.
Learning can be complex at times and to increase the engagement, it’s important to add visual elements like videos, images, presentations and flowchart. A flawless and well-made video on a topic displayed on the smartboard can provide a broader picture of the subject without making it tedious.