For college students, taking classes virtually offers the opportunity to learn flexibly — whenever and wherever they want. Though lack of social interaction has been a concern, online education has helped to foster some big innovations in collaboration at universities.
Technology can empower higher education students to boost their grades or attend classes despite other responsibilities — or locations. The Department of Education’s Office of Educational Technology hopes that all universities will take advantage of the possibilities technology can create for students.
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Originally found on: http://www.eschoolnews.com/2017/04/06/edtech-student-confidence/
Edtech is making is easier and more efficient to help students at every level, and to bring even the most timid of learners out of their shells. Dr. Kenneth Shore, a psychologist and Chair of a child study team for the Hamilton, New Jersey Public Schools, explains that “Low self-esteem can lessen a student’s desire to learn, his or her ability to focus, and his or her willingness to take risks. Positive self-esteem, on the other hand, is one of the building blocks of school success; it provides a firm foundation for learning.”
By Nanda Krish
In learning, there may be no greater tool for students than hands-on experience. Consider a classroom of first-graders who were lead in an endeavor to raise trout eggs while understanding environmental impacts. Or a high-school biology teacher who had her students create a project on any system in the human body, with results that included everything from a board game based on the nervous system to a physical model of the knee. In both situations, the teacher acted as a facilitator, guiding students as they crafted their own work, all leading to a final presentation.
Higher education is much the same today as it has been for generations. Though more people attend college now than ever before, post-secondary institutions remain notoriously slow to change – despite the shifting needs and demands of students. Just as technology is shifting the status quo across industries, digital advancements are calling for greater transformation in the field of higher education.
As technology grows, so do the options for gathering and sharing information. Because while finding cat gifs or funny memes on the internet is fun, there are also scholarly dissertations on a variety of subjects, public domain novels and classics, and up-to-date scientific information.
This, in combination with advances in personal computing in both applications and general hardware, means that there are a host of new tools and methods that can be used to improve student learning outcomes. But what ways work? Members from the Forbes Technology Council offer their thoughts.