Schools that have the capacity to welcome back their children before the summer break, may be looking to adapt more easily since the changes over the past few months. Boris Johnson’s goal, is that all primary school children in England should be back in class for a month before the summer holiday. How feasible is this? It’s hard to say, but for now most schools and universities are likely to be preparing to welcome students back towards the end of the year in September.
For most students the ability to use technology comes naturally, they’ve grown up with it and it’s been woven into their lives. For a school looking to bring in new technology, an upfront investment obviously isn’t always possible. At Nexus Fusion, we’re motivated in what we do to help schools, universities and educational institutions move their teaching and learning forward. We do this by using technology in alternative ways, that involve as little risk and hassle as possible. So what is the ‘future of the classroom and lecture hall’?
Here are some ways that technology can benefit your students education and learning.
1. Active Participation and Instant Feedback
Technology allows for more active learning; you can increase participation through online polling or asking quiz questions during lectures (with instant results). Student response systems can help students measure their understanding of a topic, while teachers and professors can see what areas they need to review – directing their student’s needs towards a focus. Being well-versed in technology can help build credibility with students and make lessons more engaging.
2. Mixed and Augmented Reality – The Learning Experience
Augmented Reality may not seem essential – but over the past few years, virtual and augmented reality has exploded, bringing new ways of working to the Education/Tech sector. Thanks to Mixed Reality, students can get virtually hands on, touching and manipulating objects and generating a greater understanding of them. Some concepts in the classroom or lecture hall which may be more difficult to understand through teachers or professors verbal instructions, can now be fully experienced. For many students, learning by doing is easier than learning by listening. This form of technology assists in making lessons more engaging and accessible for students of all abilities and all ages. Using technology you can deliver teaching experiences they might never have had the opportunity to have, without even leaving the classroom! As technology becomes more affordable and accessible to a wider range of budgets, it’s definitely worth considering how and if you will bring mixed reality into your classroom or lecture.
3. Instant Access to Fresh Information
There is value in having textbooks, but keeping resources up to date can be difficult. Through the use of learning management systems (LMS) students can access online resources to get assistance on demand, beyond the physical reach of their teacher or professor. For students who need to spend more time practicing a concept, online exercises and curriculum can also help them work at their own pace and still keep up with their peers. Engagement tools can help streamline grading for writing assignments, discussions and participation. As well as this, they can find answers to any questions they may have.
4. Increased Teaching Time
Technology can be a “force multiplier” for any teacher or professor. Using technology as an automation tool can also speed up time-consuming tasks, such as keeping track of student attendance and performance. Teachers can utilise technology to discover resources and go to virtual courses, discover and share thoughts and resources – getting support from their colleagues.
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Investing in the right Technology
In the modern world, schools, colleges and universities now need to be thinking and running like a business – which is especially the case in academies and independent schools. This means having up to date equipment to not only teach students, but to enable smoother processes. Nexus Fusion can supply the full procurement package for you school college or university. We work with brands like Lenovo to offer a full range of technology, supporting all needs and budgets.
Buying new tech can often create a large hole in the budget, so it might also be worth considering the financial benefits of leasing equipment. This not only removes the need for upfront investment, but also means that the depreciation is kept off your books, and won’t appear as at a debt against you. This element can become more significant if you’re a larger academy, trust or private school which can no longer claim charitable status. Check out our blog on Leasing for more information, or contact us directly.