Creating a better learning environment

Is technology helping to create a more inclusive and effective learning environment? Find out why we think it is.

Creating a better learning environment

Does technology help children focus in the classroom?

School for my children – like many kids in Europe today – is very different to the dusty chalkboards and books in satchels that some of us might remember. Technology has changed the classroom, but how is it affecting our children’s education?

Our kids live in a distracting world

Teachers tell me more than ever that keeping a class engaged is their first challenge and I think most parents could sympathise with how tough this must be on occasion. Barring some of the more draconian tactics we probably experienced – the buzzwords for teachers trying to achieve productive focus today are collaborative, interactive and active learning. Our ‘21st Century’ children are living in the most intense and stimulating period in the history of the Earth! Information, technology and instant choice are totally integrated into their daily experience through smart phones, laptops and increasingly wearable technologies. Of course it’s difficult for them to revert to books and lectures – and it’s important for teachers, and us as parents, to be able to recognise this and to adapt to their needs. Thankfully, in many parts of Europe, we are.

How technology has entered the classroom

Today, technology plays a much greater role in the classroom. Many schools use interactive projectors in place of traditional chalk or white boards. These are a catalyst for interactive lessons. Maths, spelling, science and other subjects can all be projected onto surfaces which children can then interact with in real time – just as if they were touch screens. Educational publishers have also jumped on board by making learning materials and interactive games that help teachers supplement the curriculum being taught. They can now build these engaging tools directly into their lesson plans simply by accessing the internet from a cloud connected projector.

Learning is more inclusive

However, for all the colourful visuals, interactivity and technology, it’s important to recognise that this isn’t about entertainment, but the serious business of education.  All of us learn best in different ways, be it by visual, logical, verbal, physical or aural learning (to name a few). One of the benefits of technology in the classroom is that many new educational platforms are designed to be inclusive for all of these groups. In comparison, it’s no wonder that the traditional model of education has been compared to factory farming by some academics. In my view, technology is helping to create a more inclusive and effective learning environment. Collaborative-learning, encourages students to reach out to one another to solve problems and share knowledge. This will not only enhance collaboration skills but also lead to deeper peer-to-peer learning and understanding. The collaborative-learning style incorporated into the fabric of modern schools helps students to become resilient, giving them the technology to access information and encouraging them to test their theories to see if they are on the right track, all while developing habits of mind that form the practical foundations needed for the workplace of later life. Click here if you’d like to find out more about our teaching solutions, take a look at the Epson for Education webpage, showing all the products, discounted pricing, and resources for K-12 and Higher Education.