It’s no secret that we are living in a digital age. Technology is advancing at such an alarming rate that a Jetsons-style society is no longer so unfeasible. And while some believe that technology does more harm than good, it is impossible to discredit all the good that tech has done for us as a species. Business, infrastructure and philanthropy are only a small fraction of the industries that have been impacted by technology. One aspect of our society that has benefited the most from advanced tech is education. As a huge proponent of education, I’m thrilled with the new technological breakthroughs that are allowing us to do more with the way we teach our kids. Here are a few of the most exciting developments being made in the classroom.
One of the most touching stories regarding technology’s implementation with education has to be that of Peyton Walton, a young girl from Maryland who was diagnosed with cancer. Because of her radiation therapy, she cannot leave her hospital bed. Because of this, Peyton missed the atmosphere of being in a classroom and learning new things with her friends. Fortunately, through the power of technology, Peyton was able to virtually attend class. Nicknamed PAVS (Peyton’s Awesome Virtual Self), the robot is essentially an iPad firmly connected to a rolling robot of sorts. Through the use of the robot, Peyton is able to view the class’ daily activities, using the iPad as a two-way video communicator. And because the iPad is connected to a movable robot, Peyton can “move” around the class, allowing her to move about with her friends and speak to teachers. It’s not only fascinating technology, it is a heartwarming example of how much of an impact technology can have on our society. Allowing a young girl, who would otherwise feel alienated from her classmates, to feel included is an amazing accomplishment; and it’s all in the name of education!
Another fascinating use of technology in a classroom is virtual reality (VR). Virtual reality is pretty self-explanatory. Essentially, children wear goggles that are fed a virtual image from a computer. These images then surround the children, simulating a real world experience. It is truly remarkable. This technology has been around for quite some time, but it has only gotten better since its creation. According to an article from ARVRMagazine.com, when children use the technology, engagement is unparalleled. It completely entices them and captures their attention, making them want to learn as much as they can from the program.
Technology is no longer an option; it has invaded every part of our daily lives. And it has been an incredible boon in many industries, particularly education. I’m excited to see what the future holds.