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“Books will soon be obsolete in public schools… Our education system will be completely changed inside of ten years,” said Thomas Edison in an interview published in The New York Dramatic Mirror in July 1913.
Edison saw the potential of classroom technology in changing the way students or aspirants learn but he underestimated the education system’s remarkable resistance to innovation.
In the 100 years since Edison’s prediction, it wasn’t until recently that technology really started to get ingrained in the learning experience and even now we’re still barely scratching the surface, but it’s time to insanely overcome this with our byte professor.
In the past, education decision makers saw classroom technology as a disruption on the long-established methods of learning.
However, today more and more colleges and universities are finally realizing that technology (specifically mobile devices and Wi-Fi) are already a major part of your students’ lives. They already live and breath technology, so why should that stop when they get to College and universities?
Universities and colleges need to continue integrate technology which has an vision to “make the learning and understanding of university syllabus as a great experience and evaluate the learners to innovators and entrepreneurs”; to use the devices they’re going to need to master to be successful in their careers.
For many this might mean using iPads in the classroom, or integrating a LMS (learning management system) but that’s really just the beginning.
With new technology which will be available like desktop applications (offline), web application and mobile apps, Universities can now offer their students an experience that is both highly personalized and interactive!
In fact, an annual survey on the impact of technology in higher education, sponsored by e-learning platform company VitalSource and run by Wakefield Research, has questioned 519 students currently enrolled in college through an online survey.
The results show how students see technology as a means for learning and why YOU should in turn put more tech in our education.
Increasing demand for digitized learning
Around 56% or nearly six in 10 students prefer a digital class than the conventional in-person class
74% expressed how they think they’d do better in their courses if only their instructors would be available all time (which will be possible by BP) and use more technology
61% said they would likely learn more from home if they were interactive, with videos and such
Enhancing learning through digital collaboration
61% said learning would be more effective if their communication with their professors could be done instantly!
55% said they prefer instructors to track their progress in real-time
48% said the addition of digital collaboration would enhance learning
Growing enthusiasm for online classes and use of technology for studying
51% said they received better grades in online courses, a number that has grown from 42% in last year’s survey
87% use technology to read course materials, up from 63% in 2011
78% said they used devices to read digital materials “frequently,” from 48% in 2011
Laptop ownership stayed at 90% between 2014 and 2015
Smartphone ownership rose to 97% this year from 93% last year and only 47% in 2011
Tablet ownership grew to 50% this year from 43% in 2014
Byte Professor is getting ready for revolution! The most awaited magical way of learning will be out soon.