5 Virtual Arts and Skills For A New Educated Workforce
In the early stages of a freshman education, when most students have limited attention spans and textbooks are an often irrelevant burden, a lack of digital tools in the classroom may hold back most students’ ability to succeed. However, as students explore different technologies in education, there is a movement towards more exploratory learning. Technology products that help students connect and engage with each other and with the material at hand have become increasingly popular, and many of these new products are primarily non-traditional tools that are increasingly utilized in the classroom.
Here are three unexpected educational tools:
1. Multi-Platform Classroom on a Smartphone
One of the most innovative classroom tools has emerged through the use of mobile phones in classrooms. Mobile learning has already become a real game changer, with teachers using personal devices for class to help disseminate instruction and foster academic conversation and interaction among students, students and teachers. Currently, it is possible to use smartphones for classroom outreach and engagement: for example, students can conduct class discussions via Skype or message one another about assignments.
And while students use mobile devices to post classroom projects, interact with teachers or one another, they can also do extensive research, using cell phones to compose and search for content and accessing websites to learn about topics they’re interested in, using Wikipedia, free resources and even tools available through apps such as SparkNotes.
2. Be A Tech Nerd With An Apple Watch
For avid techies, the Apple Watch is the ultimate gadget. The Apple Watch is an extension of the smart phone, with one massive difference: instead of tapping a few times to bring up the time, a simple gesture such as raising one’s arm to the face of the watch easily brings up the information needed to run their day.
Once students learn that their wrist can serve as a search engine (searching for related concepts or videos), part of them may look forward to simple tasks that they can perform with the watch, such as blowing into the device to wake it up. The Apple Watch is also useful for staying on top of pop culture, knowing when they’re likely to have a conversation with friends, sharing of basic documents between classes and choosing dates for meetings.
3. Easy Space-Saving Digital Textbooks
Textbooks are prohibitively expensive, often requiring students to write essays, due to the high prices and additional steps that need to be taken to complete the work of college. As a result, students often opt to spend their last few years in college practicing and defining the skills they will need to succeed in the workforce. That is, until they discover print textbooks are disappearing, replaced by digital textbooks. Though tuition has increased, the price of a digital textbook may be as low as $10, compared to the cost of a comparable print textbook of the same length, which can cost as much as $150.