Technology and Education: What Can Help Students Study Better

Technology and Education: What Can Help Students Study Better

Those who have any experience in teaching are familiar with the struggle of using new technology. Too many choices, too little practical use. Whether you are working face-to-face with a student or standing in front of a great number of curious minds in the classroom, there are always some frustrations and challenges of using digital tools.

There is no doubt that the modern technology does everything to enhance the students’ educational experience. Though, there is little evidence to the fact that technology makes a significant difference in the process and, what is more important, in the final result of education. There is a number of smart innovations that can improve the learning experience of students. And we believe that the three following areas of technology can help both teachers and students significantly improve the educational process.

Learning from students

Learning from students

Every great digital product is being constantly updated according to user feedback. You may say the developers are learning from the users. So, if it is true for technology development, can it also refer to education?

One of those feedbacks helped the OECD researchers make an incidental discovery: during their study about students, computers and learning they found out that students arrive at the same answer using the internet navigation, but they do it in different ways. So, obviously, students need a more personalized way of learning.

Renaissance Learning company that provides an online software program called Accelerated Reader also has some interesting data. When analyzing the information, they found out that the difference in reading speeds of the top performing students and those who are at the bottom of the class is only 4.7 minutes. It is hard to believe that only five more minutes of reading can make your child more successful at studying and understanding the information, but it seems to be true.

This information can provide a better understanding of the way to successful learning and can predict whether a student is on the right path or at risk to fail. It can help a teacher intervene and aid a student before they fall behind. It can also help the content creators make the learning material more personal and student-oriented as well as alter the level of difficulty.

DARPA

Do not leave emotions aside

There are numerous studies that show the link between the students’ feelings and their ability to perceive information. Whether a student is excited or frustrated, confused or bored, it can have a significant effect on the result of their learning process. Can technology do anything about that? Surprisingly, it can.

DARPA is ready to invest in what they call a Full-Spectrum Learning project. They are looking for ideas that can create a truly personalized educational program applying the data received from studies on creativity, neuroscience, and social emotions.

The Australian researchers have already tried to apply the information about students’ emotions to the learning process. First, they analyzed the students’ behavior using Crystal Island, a game-based tutorial system. Then, they used this information to predict the students’ behavior in different learning situations.

How to make the assessment less stressful

How to make the assessment less stressful

Whether you are a teacher or a student, you cannot disagree that assessment the way it exists today is far from being perfect. It is way too stressful (and not always fair) for students, and it is difficult for teachers as well.

Luckily, there have already been some changes in this area. Since teachers have access to the information about the students’ progress in education, their comprehension of new material, their ability to perceive information, it has become possible to personalize the assessment of each student.

This data can be received not only through research, but also with the help of a game-based system. For example, the SimCityEdu has developed the Pollution Challenge game that allows students to be fully involved in city planning and environmental issues. The program helps teachers not only keep their students’ interest in the topic but also evaluate the students’ abilities to solve problems. The program analyzes the players’ actions and interprets them as to whether the players understand the concepts of the city-pollution relationship.

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