The teaching-learning process changes according to the evolution of society. However, in the last two decades, the changes were larger and more significant. This happened due to the so-called “Technological Revolution“, which has been transforming the habits and behaviors of society, especially of children and young people.
Today, it is not difficult to find children of a year and a half handling a smartphone to watch the drawings. This contact with technological resources begins earlier and earlier. Mobile phones, tablets and games are part of the daily life of “digital natives” – a generation that was born and grew with technological resources already consolidated in society.
Faced with this reality, the institutions had to include technology in teaching to meet the new student profile, more dynamic, critical and hyper connected. But this integration is not an easy process for schools, since technology in teaching needs to be well planned, focusing on the student’s overall education.
Following, we will address a little more about the impacts of technology on education and show what the advantages and challenges found in this partnership. Do not miss it!
Technology and students: double inseparable!
As we have seen, the children and young people who are now in school have already met the world with technology present in everyday life and accessible in the palm of our hands. Not following this habit in the teaching-learning process is almost impossible, after all education must have relation to the student’s life, it can not be something totally parallel.
If schools fail to keep up, they will suffer major impacts, including loss of students. In addition, young people themselves use technology in teaching, even if it is not present in the routine in high school.
According to a survey by the Latin American Faculty of Social Sciences, about 70% of young Brazilians use the internet as an aid to studies. According to the research “Our School in Reconstruction“, Inspirare / Porvir Institute, one of the ways students learn to associate with the school is to learn using technology.
The Challenges of 21st Century Schools
All education professionals know that the junction between technology and teaching is necessary, but there is still some fear. One of the questions that generates this doubt is related to the distraction that these resources can provide, compromising students’ learning. Besides the loss of focus, another issue that worries educators is precisely the strategic use of technology in education.
To use diverse resources without a planning and without real pedagogical contribution is not effective at all. Technology must be seen as a support for the teaching-learning process and not as an end.
Another important issue about technology in teaching has to do with the positioning of educators. In order to conduct these resources with a pedagogical focus, teachers must have internalized some specific skills that allow them to use all the functionalities of the available resources.
Moreover, it is fundamental that the educator be ready to create links between the contents of the disciplines, the various learning of the school and the daily reality, making technological resources their great allies for the educational process.
Learn some of the benefits of technology in teaching
When the college opens up for the use of technology in teaching, new opportunities arise with a focus on the integral education of students. When well conducted, technology can provide important benefits for the development of children and young people.
More dynamic activities, bringing students and teachers together, stimulating curiosity, more direct communication, differentiated experiences and connecting students with the world are just a few of the benefits that technology in teaching can offer 21st century students.
Just as technology is important for the teaching-learning process, it also favors the school management team. This is because there are software specially developed to optimize common day-to-day tasks such as administrative, financial and secretarial activities. By adopting good school management software, management and coordinators will have more time to devote themselves to the noblest area of an educational institution: student education.
Technology in education: see how it will affect the schools of the future
The form of learning is changing and the advancement of technology in education has been one of the major responsible for transforming schools. In this context, educational institutions need to adjust quickly if they are to follow this revolution. After all, in order for the school to fulfill its mission of educating, it must be appropriate to the reality of the students and be able to attract their interest.
It is in this scenario that technologies for education are fundamental, since they make possible many ways to enhance teaching and make it more interesting. However, the main thing is that the use of technologies allows presenting the content in a way compatible with the reality of today’s students, natives of the digital age.
You’ve probably understood that technology is shaping the future of education. Follow this article and get to know the main points of this transformation!
Get to know the main factors that are transforming the future of education!
1 | Changing student profiles
The new generation of students has a profile fully engaged in the online environment, with great ease in handling and accessing computers and mobile devices. In addition, there is also widespread interest in electronic games.
With a characteristic defined by impatience, the new student has the possibility to search the internet for the subjects he prefers, which makes learning much less centralized. For this reason, the interest in “endless” classes, often considered monotonous, tiresome and not very productive, is reduced.
Therefore, this type of approach should lead to a more dynamic and engaging methodology that assures student interest. Educational institutions that fail to identify and monitor this education revolution will run a serious risk of being stuck in the past, following a teaching methodology that no longer meets the needs of students.
2 | Increased use of mobile devices
Cell phones and tablets, portable devices that accompany us everywhere, are no longer a reality for the few. Currently, even children and young people have access to this type of technology, which also impacts on the school environment.
According to a study published in 2017 by CETIC, a company that monitors the adoption of information technologies in Brazil, 93% of Brazilian children and adolescents between 9 and 17 years of age have access to a cell phone and 85% are active users of the Internet .
Of this number, research indicates that 76% searched the Internet to do school work and 64% searched the Internet out of curiosity or self-will. Given this scenario, it is clear that the influence of cell phones can no longer be denied in education, although the issue generates controversy over the use of cell phones in the classroom, a practice that divides opinions of educators.
The ease of promoting ODL also profoundly changes the traditional dynamics of the classroom, since, at any place and time, it is possible to study, conduct consultations, and even interact with teachers. Currently, there is also the so-called “hybrid teaching“, which mixes EAD with face-to-face meetings.
5 | Tendency to “gamification”
With the new generation’s high commitment to electronic games, so-called “gamification” acquires a great potential for acceptance among children and young people of school age, so it becomes a very useful and fundamental methodology to keep students interested in the studies
With a teaching applied in practice, learning can be achieved through typical gaming resources, such as experiences experienced and motivated by rewards offered whenever a certain level of knowledge and experience is achieved.
In addition to gamification, virtual simulators and the use of “augmented reality,” for example, are cases of technological innovations that can be incorporated to stimulate the advancement of learning and offer more attractively the content students need to learn.
Do not be afraid to innovate!
New technologies are emerging at every turn and these are just a few examples of how technologies in education can help connect schools and students in this new model of education. In this new scenario, it is not enough for the school to know how to use existing tools, it is also necessary for it to move and implement novelties so that its students are more and more engaged, informed and, mainly, prepared to live in a connected world.