Walking into a modern classroom today looks very different from the classrooms of yesteryear. And by yesteryear, I mean about 10 – 20 years ago. A lot has changed in our schools since the arrival of the digital age as students have access to more technology than ever before.
The chalkboards have been replaced by smart boards and YouTube. In some schools, paper textbooks have been ditched in favor of tablets. Andi it’s only the beginning…as technology advances, so too will the learning tools available to school children as they progress through their education. The classroom is on the brink of a major upgrade.
Take homework, for instance – no longer a paper-based chore scribbled hastily into some exercise book mere moments before deadline. The current model takes it online. Students log in to sites such as Mathletics and complete tasks to show their aptitude. It’s easy to submit answers, reduces the likelihood of cheating and fires the results straight to the teacher. It’s the first step towards learning’s next phase: a greater emphasis on social interaction.
The key to this evolution is engagement. Capturing attention and putting it to good use. One way to grab students’ focus is to provide a tangible, hands-on approach to learning; to realize the practical application behind the theory. Rote learning takes the mind only so far. Demonstrating the practice behind the theory locks in that knowledge.
One tool for doing just that is SOLIDWORKS Apps for Kids. It’s an intuitive ecosystem of apps that breaks down the design and engineering process into easy-to-use bite-sized pieces. It’s engineered to get young users’ minds and creativity in top gear. With simple tools backed by hard science, Apps for Kids is a pick-up-and-build creation tool that fires the imagination and gets them creating and designing in a fun-filled way.
Creativity. Connectivity. Engagement. The classroom of the future bridges the ethos of instant information with the emergent technology of the present. As social media seeks to connect us ever-closer, so too will education draw together the community of the classroom.