Recent technologies accepted by Schools worldwide
A series of technological innovations introduced in the classroom are changing the way maths and
science are taught in schools. Education has become more interactive, fun and engaging while
students explore concepts such as ratio and proportion using animations, and motion capture
technology. 3D printing is another prominent technology that has reinforced collaborative education
among students by building real-time objects from digital blueprints. The imagination of the student
is the limit as he or she can print almost anything and test and evaluate their ideas there and then.
The following are the five innovations introduced in schools in the last five years that have the
capability to transform the landscape of education.
1. 3D Printing
3D printing technology seems like a sci-fi fantasy but it can actually build objects from digital
blueprints. It is especially being seen as a favourable technology in the education and corporate
space. Students can 3D print almost everything, right from cars for physics lessons to cross sections
of the human heart for learning biology. Abstract concepts of maths and science can be reimagined
through 3D printing as it makes learning fun, engaging and interactive.
1. Sign-Language Translator
A sign language translator is a boon for the millions of deaf students for whom everyday
communication in school requires costly translators and tedious note writing. The sign language
translator is equipped with motion-sensing cameras and voice recognition that translate sign
language into spoken words and spoken words into text in real time.
2. Motion Capture Technology
Motion capture technology can be harnessed to teach biology or language by having students
virtually match words and decipher and move organs of the human body. Such an interactive
method of pedagogy would help develop enthusiasm into the classroom.
3. Classroom Animations
Computer visualisations are used to teach mathematics that give a whole new meaning to lines
plotted on graphs and algebraic representation. The feeling among students that mathematics is
hard might wane away and they will have fun while learning math. This generation will nurture a
love for math like no other.
4. Educational Games
It is not a hidden fact that kids put a lot of committed effort into gaming and crossing each level of
the game becomes extremely important for them. Educational games have been introduced in
schools where kids need to solve a mathematical problem to get through to the next level. In a game
called Wrecks factor, students have to correctly factorise quadratic equations to answer ships’
distress calls and save their crews. The use of gaming technology gives children a clearer sense of
practical application of classroom concepts.
Picture credits: The Economist.