Meeting the demands of modern education

12 March 2019

EDUCATION TODAY

Innovation is undoubtedly changing the face of education. As advances in technology continues to play an integral part in our work and home lives, so too does this influence how students are being and expect to be educated.

In the context of a technology landscape now inhabited by many, those in the education system tend to be early adopters of new technology. As such, this audience is open to new ways of interacting and assimilating information; digital transformation principles are already firmly established within educational institutions to ensure learning environments are delivering knowledge in a way that is relatable to the current and future technodexterous generations, whilst also meeting targets and increasing productive infrastructure to support delivery.

With that being said, an increase in the use of more boarder and varied innovations within educational settings such as tablets, interactive whiteboards, A.I., V.R., and educational software do not just represent a new way of life for students, they are reshaping the delivery of education and the educator’s approach to teaching. Despite gaining greater importance in modern learning environment it is essential to remember that technology will only ever serve to augment the role of a teacher.

HOW TECHNOLOGY INNOVATION CAN HELP

Blended learning or hybrid learning:

Originally having its root in distance and open education movements, the development of online or e-learning has evolved as technology has enabled richer more impactful sharing of information and therefore teaching outcomes. A stable network infrastructure, interoperable platform-based software, and platform agnostic information sharing agility all minimise barriers of access and underpin the fundamental principles of good online teaching solutions.

Video conferencing platforms:

Stable and cross platform solutions enabling multiple user (student) teaching sessions are the key to productive learning outcomes. With solutions now allowing multi-user lectures which can be recorded and reviewed from around the world either live or at a more convenient time for students.

Differentiation:

Teachers can now use software, tablets and interactive whiteboards to deliver true differentiation in the classroom; questions and content can be tailored to a student’s ability and learning style without requiring time intensive preparation by the teacher. Inclusion in the classroom is assisted by adaptable and tailored technology solutions enabling special needs and disabilities to be catered for without the need for separate learning content or settings.

Real time grading:

Multiple-choice format teaching materials can be shared with the classroom or learning platform, the answers can be displayed as a leader board for more engaging lessons. Further data can be used to track each student group's progress meaning educators are provided with a greater degree of insight on areas in which their students are excelling or underperforming.

Parent – teacher apps:

Innovative desktop and mobile apps are driving better parent-teacher engagement. For example, Capita SIMS Parent app lets educators share information on attendance, behaviour, homework, achievement and even school reports, while a dashboard displays key information at a glance. The app has data collection functionality, helping schools to easily keep key contact information up-to-date. Read more here

Software:

Adaptive and interactive learning software is quickly replacing the role of textbooks in the classrooms and students are tackling subjects with the aid of tailormade computer programs that assist their needs.

Digital interactive displays:

High resolution large format digital collaboration devices with integrated PC replace the limitations of whiteboards making it easy to plan and present lessons and promote interactive collaboration.

Technology will continue to play a pivotal and transformational role in the delivery of education from primary level through to masters and beyond. When utilised well, this will be in ways which are inclusive, adaptable and increasingly specific to unique learning styles. Technology can enhance and transform previously limited mediums; however, it is important to remember it is merely another tool, which can support and enhance the core principles of teaching. The real benefit will come from giving great educators evolving insights into student learning styles and the adaptable solutions to meet them, along with ease of access to relevant and thought-provoking teaching content. All this along with highly impactful delivery supports the best educational experience and learning outcomes.

HOW CAPITA CAN HELP

Digital transformation plays an important role in developing ICT strategies within educational establishments. Capita Workplace Technology has spent a good proportion of the last few years focusing on specific digital transformation strategies around the classroom. The company has been consulting and advising headteachers across the UK in how we can make improvements in both financial and academic results amongst other impressive improvements. This can be achieved by introducing new interactive and collaborative learning solutions into the classroom.

Its focus has been on improving the digital strategies within schools with the goal being to align technology to support the achievement and quality of teaching being delivered to the pupil. This balances the needs of today’s teachers with the financial savings required by the school’s finance managers.

Capita Workplace Technology has found that the key to a successful transformation is identifying what is important to each individual school through consultation with key stakeholders, effective assessment ahead of creating a bespoke digital strategy.

Originally posted on oenmagazine.com

 

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