Do you remember how a kindergarten teacher used to demonstrate poem to toddlers? To demonstrate “twinkle twinkle little star”, her big arms contained universe carrying twinkling stars into them, her outstanding expressions and perfect delivery of speech ensured that toddlers could comprehend the poem by proper visualization.
What is the sole aim of any teaching technique? It is to facilitate learning. And, what is learning? It is to perceive, retain and utilize the information.
Education is the most creative process with the chief objective to develop brain through cognitive learning. And, cognitive learning is nothing, but attaining knowledge through thinking and experiencing. Students learn what they extract & absorb from their surroundings for problem solving. Classroom is an arena for a teacher to win all battles of a student by clearing all his/her “ifs & buts”. Technology has opened new gateways for teachers to demonstrate and teach.
With innovations happening at breakneck speed, we have gadgets that enable students to even visualize concepts that can’t be visualized (like vibrations, sound, speed of light, etc.). Technology has proven to be a boon for education industry as it limits worldwide study material to the four walls of a class. Multimedia gadgets bring not only efficiency, but also add fun element into the learning process.
Students get matchless exposure to enhance creativity, reasoning skills and leadership traits. Smart Classrooms offer an active learning environment for students to collaborate infinitely. Teachers can save, publish and share their lectures, which make a classroom lecture accessible to students round the clock on any device (cpu/tablet/smart phone).
Smart Classrooms allow students to visualize, interact and practice lessons. Besides computer & projector, let’s have a glance at unique multimedia gadgets that are available in the market:
Interactive Flat Display
With technology pacing against itself, interactive flat display has grabbed the market of interactive whiteboards. Interactive Display resembles like TV which rules out the use of projector from classrooms. It brings all classroom technology together – computer, speakers, educational content, annotation software and student devices. Teachers can write on interactive display with finger and erase using palm. Besides, they can access computer library & World Wide Web while teaching. Teachers can easily annotate on images, videos, pdfs, presentations and word files; and also save those in desired format to share on multiple devices with students.
Think of the classroom environment, where students don’t doze off in the chalk dust, but explore vibrant & colorful world of enthralling concepts. Students can work side by side with teacher as well as mates. Difficult lessons like that of sound and vibration are taught with the physical demonstration on interactive display. Students watch stories of concepts well-articulated by teachers on interactive display. No doubt, classroom lectures have become a melody to experience and recall.
Visual Presenter is a demonstration gizmo that enables students to directly interact with the study material. It is a kind of document camera that captures the images of two dimensional and three dimensional objects in the classroom. For example, explaining globe is no more a daunting task for a teacher; he/she can place it on the surface of visual presenter and zoom in & annotate on it to explain the intricate details of globe. Likewise diagrams, maps and experiments can also be well demonstrated using visual presenter. Visualization of study material allows students to identify and absorb lessons faster.
Touch Screen Multimedia Podiums have made their way to education industry. Digital Podium is a solution that meets all challenges of a classroom. Teachers can write on the touch screen of podium as smoothly as on paper. Integrated with pa system and document camera, it yields a win-win situation for teachers as well as students. Teachers can record, save and broadcast lectures at remote locations, which can be shared across multiple devices and multiple interfaces. It not only makes education readily available, but also upgrades & sets-up quality benchmarks for education imparted across different channels.
How about having touch desks for all students in the classroom? This is a next level smart classroom environment that allows teachers to take queries of students one to one while teaching all. Teacher can share his/her screen with all students offering them tools to chat individually, record lecture and take notes simultaneously. Student Workstations are catching pace slowly in Indian market because of its high budget. Student Workstations are also called Studios to experiment and learn.
Technology has transformed each classroom into an IT Lab where students learn each subject through colorful images, videos and animations. Visualizing each lesson with infinite interaction and seamless collaboration has empowered students to process information quickly and learn swiftly.
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