Technology opens doors for students and prepares them for the future. Given the fact that technology is a driving force in education, and there is more focus on STEM education, schools are incorporating digital devices or high-tech gadgets to support interactive learning. Here, we have come up with seven important equipment or gadgets to provide kids with hands-on technology. So, let’s get started!
A projector is a simple technology that has been around for many years now. Traditionally, it was used in colleges or universities for projecting presentations, lecture notes, etc. However, this gadget can do much more! Projectors can be used in elementary classrooms to display interactive images. Nowadays, flexible projectors are available on the market that can be connected with multiple devices, so children and teachers can make the best use of them.
Microbit Compatible Robots
BBC microbit and microbit compatible robots are a wonderful way to teach kids about electronics, coding, and other STEM subjects. They are designed to encourage students to get involved in robotics and coding. There are several integrated sensors in a microbit that helps students learn how to apply basics of electrical engineering to create a project. There are many other educational toys that can be included in classroom curriculum to give pupils hands-on technology.
Laptops, Tablets, Phones
In developed nations, the use of computers or tablets in classrooms is very common. Students use computers to take notes; tablets or smartphones are even more useful in transforming learning. All these devices have gained more functionality in classrooms in the last few years, especially in flipped classrooms, where students watch lectures outside the class, and do assignments inside. Teachers can network these gadgets together to allow students to work together.
Almost every Canadian classroom today has cameras. Generally, cameras come installed in tablets, or laptops to offer a wide educational experience. There are high-quality cameras integrated with projectors in more advanced classrooms. Students use cameras to record themselves performing an activity, and watch the video later to find where they need improvement. Also, cameras are widely used tools for creating better academic output.
With many schools cutting back on expensive tangible textbooks, digital textbooks are common. In fact, modern schools are going beyond embracing this new format by replacing high-school textbooks with open-source digital textbooks. A few years back, digital textbooks were just the traditional textbooks in digital form. But now there are new digital versions, like online databases that are better than the old paper textbooks.
Smart tables are digital displays that take information off the walls, and display it on tables. This smart technology focuses on making the display better than the wall-mounted information, allowing kids more interaction. It comes with unique touchpoints; so, eager young students can ask questions, or grab the information more effectively.
Generally found in lecture halls, or auditoriums, audio enhancement equipment has found its way into classrooms. An audio enhancement is a set of tools, like wireless microphones, or high-quality speakers. Easy-to-wear microphones are used to transmit the instructors’ voice to speakers to every corner of the classroom. Besides, speakers can be connected to presentations or cameras to allow students access to classrooms. This equipment helps teachers ensure that every student can hear what is being conveyed in the classroom.
There are just some of the many high-end gadgets you can add to your classroom to provide your students with a better experience. They encourage students to get involved in technology, and help foster more interactive learning.