Technology

We are all aware that technology is constantly changing, adapting and improving. Within a blink of an eye, it has gone through the roof with the different types of technology available to help improve the way society runs on a day-to-day basis. One area which it has really changed is how students now learn. Slowly but surely education facilities are catching up with technology. With whiteboards becoming extinct and the pen and paper starting to going out of fashion, it is exciting to see where the future will take us with the way students are learning.  Here, we’re taking a closer look at how technology is already beginning to change the way students are learning.

Plagiarism

Plagiarism occurs for various different reasons, such as if the student has a lack of confidence when writing about a certain topic due to a lack of research or inadequate notes, or by accident. Likewise, it can be down to time pressure and the work being rushed and not checked over thoroughly. Students may have other essays due at the same time so they end up having insufficient time to check over their work in the most efficient way possible. In recent years, the introduction of the Plagiarism Checker has allowed students to know whether or not they have accidentally, or purposefully, plagiarised their work. Plagiarism checkers are a simple, yet highly effective piece of technology which only requires students to upload an essay from any device, in order to be checked for plagiarism. Ideal for students of all levels, this technology is truly helping to improve the accuracy of students work and further encouraging their learning.

iPads and Laptops

Although textbooks are still used, many schools have begun to give each of their students iPads or laptops in order to ensure that  the work is readily available to them. For example, if a child completes the work set for that class in a short period of time, they can move straight onto the extension work because it will be easy to access. The rise of this technology is also extremely important for teachers, as they are able to better track areas where their students are struggling with or excelling in.

iPads also help to engage children who may not enjoy school, as they are allowed to use a device which they enjoy to use, or that they don’t have the opportunity to use at home. It gives them a responsibility and they learn to look after their own belongings and respect others.

Lessons are more engaging and work and homework are very accessible as downloadable material, meaning the whole experience becomes more interactive. Furthermore, there are various apps and software that can be downloaded onto iPads and laptops to assist students with their learning. This is particularly useful for those who require additional help with their studies, and those who may be dyslexic.

Personalised Learning Environments

Learning becomes more personalised for the student as a result of new technologies, as lessons can be customised to fit each student’s progress, learning style and ability. This allows students to work at their own pace and level, without the added pressures of keeping up with the rest of the class, which can be stressful for those who do struggle. In addition to this, students don’t have to wait for other students in their class to finish work before they can go onto extension work, which is highly beneficial for those who excel in school.

The advanced, improved technology we have today, is extremely beneficial for students. It allows a unique learning experience for each student which is what they all deserve, as well as helping to ensure that all work is entirely unique and the learning experience is as personalised as possible to meet each student’s individual needs. The future for education is an exciting one, as technology continues to evolve and impact learning environments.


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