The truly wonderful thing about the technology’s unyielding march is the way it carries the potential to improve all aspects of life. From health and wellness to human interaction, nothing is exempt from technology’s impact. One sector in which technology has completely changed life as we know it is education, particularly of young children.

Consider the classroom environment of today’s youth, packed with internet-ready computers, tablets, and phones with the planet’s entirety of knowledge at their fingertips. Now think of today’s college graduates, who started school with CD-ROM encyclopedias, and compare that to today’s retirees. 

The leaps forward displayed in technological innovations have been vast, and it’s unquestionable that the way children learn today is greatly different than the way any of us experienced school. Here are three ways the classroom is forever changed.

1. Knowledge Jumps Off the Page, Literally

When computers first found their way into classrooms, the act of learning was changed forever. By gamifying education, many children proved to be more attentive to learning. That concept has evolved greatly since that idea took shape. Now textbooks often come with companion material, like supplemental online material and activities that children can take part in, to bring classroom interaction into their home.

By integrating standard text with multimedia content, students are more likely to retain material, no matter how they learn best. Those who read well still have the traditional methods to benefit from; those that need to have concepts explained and diagramed them can have a virtual teacher on call to do so.

2. Collaboration Becomes Easier Than Ever

Group projects in school used to be the source of bitter arguments. Battles took place between those who took pride in their grades, and those who tended to wait until the last minute to turn in something passable. Technology now dictates the level of collaboration between students, while allowing parents and educators access to the progress being achieved on the assignment.

Communication can happen instantly and parents can be notified by email if their child is holding a group back by not participating. That communication will alert them to get their son or daughter focused on the project at hand. By sharing a digital workspace, the headache of trying to bring everyone together in a physical location is diminished by being able to do so virtually from any location or time.

This kind of digital collaboration in the classroom is being adopted by businesses everywhere to boost productivity levels. Being able to work on projects with people no matter their location establishes clear goals for employees. Status updates can be acquired at any time, firsthand.

3. Learning Interactively, Not Passively

While technology certainly makes it more easy and efficient for students to learn, that same level of simple effectiveness is the same for teachers. Developing lesson plans to be interactive can be a challenge, but with the right equipment, teachers can convey messages to their students that will be heard.

Interactive lesson plans and assignments give every student greater chances to express their opinion and take part in the lecture. By being able to customize and shift how a student receives material and interacts with it, children who learn differently -or at different speeds - can still learn in a group without feeling bored or confused.

Shane P. Russo is a young, tech-savvy writer. He is always interested in how technology affects every industry, including education, and enjoys espousing on the miracles of technology, business communications, and globalization. He is thankful to have had the chance to share his knowledge with the audience of St Cyprian’s School.