Despite an ever-changing work environment, one thing remains the same: digital technology is the present and our future. But what does that have to do with our students’ future?
Our students are future engineers, scientists, inventors and entrepreneurs. By giving kids the opportunity to play, learn and be curious in the classroom, we spark creativity for them to form aspirations from the start of their education and hopefully drive that desire into a career. Students are more likely to reinvent technology to better our society or create new ways to save the planet, but only if we supply them with the means to be imaginative and innovate. While it’s definitely easier said than done, the best place to start is in the classroom. By giving all students access to technology and a robust learning experience, we give them a step up for their future in a technology-driven workforce and world.
Edweek.org conducted a study of 700 teachers which revealed that “less than one-third believe ed-tech innovations have changed their beliefs about what school should look like.” To change that dynamic, some school and district leaders are turning to innovation lessons from the business world, which tends to be more open to risk-taking. Education companies are also trying to do a better job solving problems for schools, and teachers are showing how experimentation with digital tools can improve classroom instruction.”
It’s this sort of approach to teaching that inspired Konica Minolta and All Covered to seek out a partnership with Future Ready Schools™. Future Ready Schools is an initiative of the Alliance for Excellent Education that helps traditional public, charter and private school leaders make sound financial decisions regarding the acquisition of digital tools to transform teaching and learning. Its effective digital learning strategies can help to improve learning outcomes for all students. In this partnership, we will work to ensure school boards and district administrators have access to current, relevant information and effective resources that urge sound decisions, especially relating to strategic planning, leadership, and building a culture of innovation in America’s schools.
More than 20 million students are positively affected by the Future Ready pledge, and we hope to provide schools with the information and insight they need to make sound decisions regarding their technology. Technology is a life skill that is required for nearly every career, and by making learning fun and effective with technology, we hope to give students exactly what they need.
3 Examples of Ed–Tech for Future Careers
Interactive Boards for virtual biology
With interactive touch displays, students can now perform the infamous frog dissection virtually. Not only is this more humane, it is also more cost effective for the lab. Every student can take a turn experimenting with the touch screen creature, and teachers have the opportunity to showcase more than one animal to exhibit multiple skeletal systems without the need to call the morgue. This experience gives students access to the world of biology and organisms, and a real hands-on approach they may have never had before. This could stimulate interest in a career in human or mammal medicine, or maybe microbiology.
AR + VR for Anthropology and History
Transporting students to places they’ve never been and giving them access to cultures totally unlike their own does wonders for empathy and curiosity. Hopefully their curiosity will have them wondering how they can travel for a living! There are an incredible amount of careers in hospitality, and exposing kids to a world of exploration may just be the right ticket to get them interested. Augmented reality is currently being used to map city streets and build blueprints of buildings. Students can learn about a career in architecture while “playing” in their classroom. Additionally, virtual reality glasses can put students at a dig site in Ancient Egypt in front of the pyramids, sparking the anthropological bug in them!
3D Printing for Engineering
A 3D printer and its associated curriculum open up a world of opportunity for students to experiment with building things to scale. Students must understand the concept of building models and components for manufacturing and can start using these machines to do so. Engineering is a great career that benefits from the 3D printer, starting from understanding how machinery works to how digital layouts can be manipulated to get a real product.
01.07.20 by Brittany Rodriguez thttps://www.allcovered.com/blog/future-ready-schools-career-ready-students/
What technology can teachers use to get kids off their own devices and get them involved in the lesson?
1. Virtual Reality
With the help of Virtual Reality, students are transported to Tokyo, New York, a safari in Africa or outer space. An entire classroom can either get involved in the lesson or one student can display their journey on an interactive panel. Either way – students work as a team to explore different lands that they wouldn’t necessarily get on a traditional field trip. Convinced? Click Here for 50% off.
2. Augmented Reality
Augmented reality allows students to use their individual devices to create an amplified experience right in their classrooms. This application allows students to see the inside of a cell, or the body’s organs from their own desks. Teachers can also use it to create a scavenger hunt, triggered by different items scanned throughout the classroom. Ultimately, this tool gets students out of their seats and engaged in the lesson. Click Here for 50% off.
3. Interactive Technology
Interactive panels are the most popular and effective way to facilitate group learning. By using interactive whiteboard features, students can practice spelling, understand vocabulary words, and practice for an upcoming math test.
Teachers can use the panel to mix up how they call on students with a spinner on the panel that acts like a classroom roster. To calm student anxiety, teachers can post a class timer on the board so students know how long they have to finish an assignment or how long is left in the class period. Large graphing sheets create activities on the panel that engages an entire group.
There is so much technology that distracts our students. In order to guide them in the right direction, we must catch their attention while in the classroom. The right technology can inspire our children to be learned adults who will develop new technology in their futures!
If you’re interested in learning more about upgrading your school technology, we’d be happy to help guide you in the right direction. Contact our information technology department today!
Submitted by: Brittany Rodriguez, Marketing Specialist on May 21, 2019 <<https://blog.konicaminolta.us/reengage-students-classroom-technology/>>
A four-year project examining the results of 54 research studies with 170,000 people has concluded that print is vital for effective education.
Why Print is Essential for Learning
The argument that reading on paper results in deeper comprehension and retention, concentration, vocabulary building and memory has been given immense weight by a groundbreaking study by Intergraf, the European federation for print and digital communication.
The research examined the results of 54 studies with a total of over 170,000 participants from 19 countries, and found overwhelming evidence that comprehension of text is much stronger when reading from paper as opposed to a screen, particularly when the reader is under time pressure.
Concerned by the effect of increased time spent reading from screens in schools, the international trade body has called upon policy makers and educational organisations at both national and European levels to ensure that print retains a significant role within education.
Better progress with print
Titled E-READ (Evolution of Reading in the Age of Digitization), the Intergraf study is an impressive feat of research. Taking place over four years, it involved a network of almost 200 academics from all over Europe carrying out highly detailed empirical research and debates about the effects of digitization on reading, especially for students and young people.
“Students learning from digital devices only progressed one third as much as they would have done had they been reading on paper”
E-READ found that print readers have a better recall of the relationship between events and are able to reconstruct the plot of a text better than screen readers. It was also found that the advantage for print was greater under time constraints and that scrolling resulted in a significant disadvantage for digital reading.
With regard to education, the digital disadvantage during elementary school was found to be two-thirds of the yearly increase in reading comprehension, meaning that students potentially only progressed one-third as much as they would have done had they been reading on paper instead of on a screen.
Paper, a technology of proven strengths
The fact that young people only learn one-third as well when reading from a digital device is clearly alarming, and so Intergraf has called for urgent action to be taken at all levels to “ensure that education in Europe is not degraded by the rapid and unsubstantiated introduction of screen reading in schools”.
The statement continues: “The development of students’ reading comprehension and critical thinking skills must be immediately safeguarded. A failure to act on the advice given in such studies creates an immediate risk that students’ learning outcomes will be negatively affected by the increasing tendency of schools in Europe to promote reading on digital devices without the necessary tools and strategies to ensure this does not cause a setback in reading comprehension and critical thinking skills. Products which are proven to facilitate comprehension and critical thinking, such as paper books and other printed informational texts, already exist and should not be overlooked. Paper is a technology of proven strengths.”
Urgent action required
The results of the Intergraf study and their recommendations entirely chimes with the work of Two Sides and the results of our recent study into people’s preference for print. The study, titled Busting The Myths, found that 69% of European consumers preferred to read books in print, with 61% preferring print for magazines and 54% for print newspapers.
There are many studies that show that reading in print improves the understanding of information, as well as absorption and recall, which is essential for the education of people of all ages, but especially for young people. This Intergraf study is a vital piece of work that proves once and for all that print is better than digital for learning. Let’s hope the governments and institutions are listening.
Submitted by: The Two Sides Team October 15, 2019 <<https://www.twosides.info/UK/why-print-is-essential-for-the-future-of-education/>>