Technology has become ubiquitous in our lives. From smartphones to tablets, from laptops to desktops, from watches to fitness trackers, and even drones, technology plays an important role in our daily lives. In addition, advances in computer science are constantly changing the landscape of information technology. As a result, schools are also adopting new technologies to improve student learning outcomes. Let’s see below how to use technology as a learning tool.
Designing Learning Spaces
Technology is used to create digital spaces that can be easily accessed by learners. These digital spaces have been designed to be engaging, interesting and flexible according to the needs of the specific learner groups. As such, technology offers many design possibilities for education. It allows us to provide a variety of experiences that will engage students.
Using Multimedia to Enhance Teaching
As we all know, multimedia content attracts more attention than text-based ones do. Hence, using multimedia content helps teachers teach their lessons better or at least deliver them differently than would enable students to make sense of what they read. The way multimedia teaching works is through two methods: one where teachers use media directly as part of teaching; another when they embed media into lesson plans that students complete independently. Teachers may use audio/visual content (e.g., songs, video clips), animation, simulation, games, interactive whiteboards and other tools and resources available on the web.
Making Use Of Online Learning Tools
Technology does not only allow us to get access to materials stored online but it also lets us take advantage of some great online learning tools. One example of this type of tool is Coursera which provides over 10,000 courses covering everything from business management and marketing to programming. Another good example of an online learning tool is Kahoot! which enables teachers to ask questions with answers provided instantly by the whole class. Other examples include Google Classroom, Moodle and Edmodo.
Using Mobile Apps For Students
The growing number of mobile devices has changed the way learners interact with the internet. This trend led educators to develop apps that help students learn better. Some of these apps use gamification while others utilize certain tools such as QR codes, augmented reality and GPS systems to enhance the effectiveness of learning (Chen et al., 2014). However, before you start developing a mobile app for your institution, it is essential to ensure that you fully understand the context within which the app will be used. To facilitate this understanding, several frameworks can help guide you through the process.
Creating Interactive Learning Experiences
Interactive learning environments offer students opportunities to actively participate in their self-learning by connecting them to relevant sources of knowledge. They are most often supported by digital platforms which collect data about users’ interactions with the system (Vandekerckhove & Leemans, 2011). While much research has been focused on identifying what makes an Internet-enhanced classroom exciting and motivating, less attention has been given to the question of whether or not such classrooms lead to improved academic performance. In recent years, however, a large body of research has emerged that aims to answer these questions.
Understanding Learner Motivation And Their Priorities
Learners have varying motivations for attending school and engaging in educational activities. There are many different factors influencing learner motivation. These vary depending upon the type of activity engaged in as well as any extraneous events going on around the student. Knowing how learners are motivated is extremely important in designing successful educational experiences, especially considering that most schools do not provide adequate training in instructional design and technology. If teachers were able to understand their learners’ priorities, they could then put together meaningful learning experiences that truly engage them and motivate them towards greater achievement. (Jain et al., 2015 )
In conclusion, technology provides many options when it comes to creating more effective ways of teaching in higher education institutions. Unfortunately, despite its potential benefits, many instructors fail to make full use of all of the available technologies out there. It is therefore vital to consider each option carefully before using one or another.