Education has only one purpose. Equip the young for tomorrow.
Ten thousand years ago, this meant hunting or farming. But in today’s concrete jungle, things have changed.
There is only one variable that can solve the problems of tomorrow. In today’s world, unpredictability is the only thing which doesn’t change.Things which were true yesterday is not true today and tomorrow is a whole different story.
The only way of equipping future generations is to help them tap into their creative wisdom. Here lies the importance of Educational Technology in teaching and learning.
Creativity is simply the ability to create solutions out of thin air. All you need is a powerful sense of imagination. And that’s one thing every child has, until schools kill it.
Those who manage to somehow preserve it (mostly by dropping out) turn out to be highly ‘creative’ individuals who are apparently cut out from different fabric.
So we live in a world where the society badly needs creative individuals. We also live in a world where children are immensely creative (until they join school). There is the demand, there is the supply.
Yet, there is a massive creativity gap in society.
The Factory Method of education
Invented by the Prussians, taken up by the US and now followed by the whole world is the factory method. While the industrial revolution gifted us awesome machines, it also gave us boring human beings. During the 18th and 19th century, there was a huge need for factory workers and engineers. So education moved in that direction.
Students were not educated to reach their peak potential. Instead, they were trained to become obedient factory workers.
They even made children wear uniforms to prepare them for industrial life. Bells were introduced in schools only to make them accustomed to a factory environment.
Education Technology, a revolution in the making
Over the last few decades, technology has made immense changes to human life. We are literally going through another revolution: the digital revolution. It is slowly yet steadily, revamping our education system which seems to be stuck a few hundred years in the past.
While the Factory Method made ‘learning’ synonymous to ‘boring’, Education Technology is making the learning process fun and even addictive:
A lot of teachers these days are asking children to make animated videos and presentations instead of written projects.
Once we saw this trend, we reached out to these users to understand their pains and needs. After months of in-depth research, we finally came up with Animaker Class.
Puppet Pals 2 is an iOS based application that helps students create their own animated videos. Though the visuals don’t look that great, it’s probably the most you can expect from a mobile device.
Creative projects make students research more on core concept and taps into their creative potential. It’s the perfect “right brain”-”left brain” cocktail for learning.
Imagine students exploring ancient Greece or Mars right from their classrooms! This is exactly what Google Expedition does. Such virtual expeditions will make children addicted to geography and history. Similarly, the Washington Leadership academy is planning to bring in a VR Chemistry Lab. Seth Andrew(co-founder of the academy) explains that students can walk through the atoms and molecules, observe its structure up close.
He believes that the virtual chemistry lab will help students grasp better. All at a lower running cost when compared to traditional chemistry labs.
Even if the world was about to end, children wouldn’t stop playing video games. They’d be busy saving (or destroying) virtual worlds. Now instead of teaching students how to shoot and kill, how about teaching them Math or Spanish?
For example, Duolingo is a must have tool if your students are learning a new language. It keeps students engaged by making them listen, talk and read. Students lose or gain hearts based on their performance. They also level up as they progress.