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It’s amazing to see the changes that have occurred for students in the past 10 years. From textbooks to blackboards, education has switched to a digital approach relying on mostly online learning techniques. This includes the use of computers and like appliances for many projects and assignments.
One tool becoming more common for elementary through high school students is the eReader. Students are now able to bring iPads and other digital reading devices to class in order to participate in class readings. In many elementary and middle schools, a durable eReading device is provided for students to do all of their homework, including math and science. One such eReader is the Android powered Kineo utilized in many middle schools in the US. Publishers are also beginning to make most of their textbooks available in eBook format in order to create a greener America as well as combat chronic back pain for students everywhere.
Another resource becoming more and more prevalent in the lives of students is online education systems. Not only is online education an option for college students, but elementary level students are also participating in online programs with their schools. The CINCH project is an online training tool that has K-12 math courses as well as 7-12 science courses and is available on the cloud for students to log into from anywhere. It is, of course, secure and is a lot like a social network allowing students and teachers to get in touch with each as well as lets students submit assignments.
Social Networking is also becoming an important tool in the life of a student. Like online educational sites, social networking allows students and teachers to get in touch with each other. One up-and-coming social networking site that has a lot of promise is Google+. By using its components, circles and huddle, teachers and students can make announcements to each other or chat without other connections getting involved. Circles are especially powerful because teachers can place each individual class of students in a specified circle.
Teachers and students can also utilize online tools like Skype and Dropbox. Skype is an internationally used chatting software and Dropbox is a tool that allows people who are linked to the same account to exchange documents. Students are able to drop their homework into the Dropbox and teachers could pull it out.
One last tool becoming permissible in classrooms is the smartphone. Teachers are now allowing smartphones in the classroom because they make lessons more interactive for the students. Some universities are utilizing them for classes and giving them to their students with admission. Smartphones are able to hold many apps and in their respective marketplaces there are many educational apps for students to choose from.
Education has gone digital in the past couple of years and students are loving it. The use of modern technology makes education more relevant to them as well as teaches them how to use the technology so they will become comfortable with it. Technology is ever changing and advancing. So having it available in the classroom prepares students for when the new tools come out. There is no telling where technology will be in the future, and as technology advances, educational tools will do the same.
About the Author: Austin is an avid blogger and loves to geek out over new technology and gadgets. He writes for technected.com and enjoys traveling and playing music.