Ever since interactive whiteboards began showing up in classrooms in the late 1990s, classroom technology has taken off at an astounding rate.
We have gone from teachers using whiteboards to students using laptops,Tablets, smartphones, and other personal devices to interact with a whiteboard from anywhere in the classroom. And that scenario is giving way to even more innovative uses of technology.
More and more schools have gone from banning personal devices to encouraging the use of them in certain classroom activities. iPads are proving increasingly useful in education, especially in the area of special education. Students are online doing research, using apps, and engaging in educational multiplayer games. Educators are using digital textbooks, iPads, online programs, and social media to stay connected with their students.
So what can we expect in the future? Well, more of the same – meaning current technology trends will continue, as will the introduction of even more technology. Ideas currently being showcased in classrooms include interactive student desks and the use of augmented reality – the ability to overlay digital information on top of real-world surroundings – to enhance student engagement.Read More..