TECHNOLOGY IN THE CLASSROOM
In the field of technology, the word disruptive is used for a technology or innovation that brings about aradical change in the way a sector functions by introducing efficiency, affordability and convenience. Thetechnology revolution in the business sector is represented by the extensive use of smarter phones orweb conferencing in American offices. However, the impact of disruptive technology on the educationsector is much higher. A wave of smart classes and e-learning has transformed the way education isdelivered and pursued, today.The presence of technology in classrooms makes the student an active learner instead of a passive one.The education system becomes more
student-centric. The student can choose, manipulate and generatewhat he wants to study and how. The student himself creates the learning environment and the modeof obtaining lessons.
has made the education system more convenient and flexible. Thestudent can learn through his own choice of platform. The role of the teacher also changes as he is nomore the sole source of knowledge. He transforms into a mentor and is responsible for providingguidelines and resources to the students.This system increases the self esteem and motivation levels of a student as he becomes an activeparticipator in the whole learning process. It is known that a student learns more by hearing andvisualizing than merely reading. The use of activity based audio visuals in the classrooms generates moreinterest in the lesson being taught. E-learning portals make education available to those students whodid not have access to it before. Different courses and methods are being accessed by students of all agegroups at their own choice of time and place. It makes the whole education system more dynamic andlearner friendly.One of the challenges the system is facing is that its standard testing model is not adaptive to
varied speed and ways of learning. Some students respond to the audio visual faster while for others theresponse time is comparatively slow. However, the challenge can be transformed into an opportunity bythe teachers. The teachers can use the traditional ways of teaching for regular teaching. The K-12 e-classroom methods can be brought into use simultaneously, depending on the different learningcapacity of the students for example, to improve the performance of the weaker students.The use of technology in classroom encourages creative and out of the box thinking in students, as itpresents the monotonous lessons in a very interesting and innovative manner. The process intrigues andstimulates the students. Activity and project based learning is appreciated and encouraged. AmericanUniversities were once considered the best in the world but are now striving to catch up on costeffectiveness with their global peers while delivering through the K-12 system.The concept of smart class and
is a revolution in itself, making the education system of thecountry dynamic, efficient, student-centric and flexible. There are certain challenges, which are beingdealt with and would soon be overcome with the introduction of newer technology, techniques andprocesses.