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“Do you like to go to school?”.... ‘NO’. “Do you like to study?”.... NO. “Do you like to sit with computers?”.... ‘YES’. A 5 or a 6-year old child will usually come up today with these answers. So, what do you think are the reasons for their NOs and their YESs? Well, the dog eared textbooks and the chalk dust have dominated the brick and mortar classrooms for generations. But now, technological developments are saying something else.
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The digital fever is spreading worldwide
It’s the digital age where students are now taking immense pleasure in downloading home assignments through iTunes and listening to lectures through podcasts. Where there are social networking sites and video conferencing tools for communication, students have stopped feeling the necessity of the physical presence of educators. In fact, it’s not the high school kids that have been positively affected by the digital fever but the primary school teachers are also getting their students equipped with all necessary skills required to remain updated in this digital world.
As per reports, the Federal Government in Australia has sponsored $2.2 billion behind the Digital Education Revolution initiative taken by primary schools. The initiative here is to help students prepare for higher education, quality training, lucrative jobs and working abilities to survive in the digital world.
A huge number of high schools and colleges on a global basis moreover have been found to switch over to updated technologies in the last few years. In between the 9th and 12th standards, students in the majority of developed countries are now making use of laptops while video conferencing tools and interactive whiteboards are being used at primary as well as secondary levels.
The use of Electronic Whiteboards
Gone are those when the kindergarten kids used to play with multi-coloured books in order to identify unknown objects. Well, technology has also played such crucial role in their lives that they are now provided web browsers to remain not only advanced but they can connect worldwide through Connected Classroom programmes. In fact, the teachers have said that connecting electronic whiteboards to a laptop and then to a projector can help students get rid of free hand writing which they can convert it into text and thereafter take a printout of it.
Video conferencing improving communication skills
The technology of video conferencing has indeed become an integral part of today’s virtual classrooms. Students here can talk to experts and even interact with students of other schools in real time through a connected video. The facility is connected to all the interlinked classrooms that communicate with each other through the electronic whiteboard technology.
UK universities have also gone online
The technological developments have been so rapid in the past few years that several accredited universities in the United Kingdom have started offering career programmes online to students and working professionals. Nearly 10,000 international learners keep enrolling in online courses on almost a weekly basis in the UK universities.
According to the UK university staff members,
“Our experienced, friendly programme advisors assist students through the application process to ensure that they enrol in programmes that are right for them. Motivation, time management and organisation on their part, combined with quality study materials and superior support throughout their studies will be the key to success”.