Technology is here to stay and education is no stranger to it. Now, back to school is starring a multitude of technological devices. Backpack, shoes, dressing gown, case … The summer holidays are not over when parents have to start preparing all the material for their children for back to school. Little by little, schools begin to open their doors waiting for the arrival of millions of children willing to devour knowledge and run through their corridors as if there were no tomorrow.
Filling the children’s backpack with all the necessary materials for their learning has varied greatly in recent years, replacing technological devices, in many cases, with pencils, books and traditional diaries. The technology is here to stay and education is no stranger to it. The use we make of it and the educational values we instil in children will depend on the benefit they obtain from technology.
Interactive Whiteboards to Improve Learning
One of the most used devices in schools in recent years are tablets. In place of or as a complement to books, these devices allow the student to store a large amount of information in the smallest space. From books to videos or images, tablets offer the student a 360-degree view of any subject. With proper and responsible use, minors will obtain endless educational possibilities as well as being a tool that motivates them and makes them interact with each other.
A mandatory complement to the tablet will be a keyboard and/or a wireless mouse. Through these, the boy or girl will be able to manage and write the content they need without suffering the difficulties of writing on the tablet screen.
Safety also occupies a relevant place in the daily life of children and one of the concerns in back to school. There are already connected backpacks that, in addition to doing the material storage functions, serve as a device charger. Something very interesting if we consider that the battery life in some devices may be insufficient. In addition, some incorporate a location system that allows parents to know the exact place where their child is at all times.
Technology enables creative and collaborative work
Many of the world’s leading technology companies have been developing large-inch interactive whiteboards focused on collaborative work in recent years. Designed for full touch or pointer interaction, these whiteboards are intended to display and create content in an educational environment that is easy to share. The possibilities that these devices have in the classroom are immense by allowing creative and collaborative teamwork and allowing students to follow it at all times on their tablets from their own workplace.
The evolution that the educational sector is experiencing in recent years has generated great controversies related to the presence of technology in the classroom. Some sectors consider that the use of electronic devices by children at school will have negative connotations during the learning process. However, studies show that not only is this statement not true, but well-used technology increases creativity, teamwork and motivation towards learning in children. As always, education is everything.