By Micah Norris
Recent technological advances have made high-quality education cheaper and easier to impart than ever. This is wonderful news if you’re a parent who wants the best possible education for your child – you can use tech to make it happen and you won’t have to break the bank.
Below, Education by Shala Books offers seven tech innovations that you could utilize to effectively educate your child:
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Virtual reality (VR) involves the creation of artificial environments with technology. VR (and AR) can be incredibly immersive and captivating, perfect for kids with short attention spans. With VR, kids can experience and learn firsthand – they can tour museums, view historic events, visit space, and much more. Science and Literacy offer eight VR tools that are worth checking out.
Gamification or game-based learning
If you make education fun, kids are more likely to engage enthusiastically. This is where gamification comes in. Turn lessons into games with many interactive elements, challenges, and rewards at the end. This can make even the hardest lessons – think STEM – easy to digest. Wizar offers some strategies on gamifying lessons.
3D printing allows you to make realistic, affordable reproductions of real-world objects. This has several practical benefits in education. You can print out designs, artifacts, molds, maps, testing parts, molecules, and much more. Furthermore, by printing things out themselves, kids can design, create, reproduce, and learn too. It promotes a hands-on approach to learning that can be very valuable.
Smartboards are specially designed educational tools for educators (or parents in this case). They have several useful features that make providing lessons easier and more interactive – like a whiteboard, multi-writing, file sharing, projection, document viewing, web browsing, and more. They’re well-liked by both kids and educators and proven by research to benefit learning. If you get one at home, you could offer a deeper, more interactive education to your child.
E-learning or online education is all about using the internet to learn. For instance, you can find a variety of FSL and ESL resources at Shala Books. Some examples of e-learning-based resources are live webinars, e-classes, articles, encyclopedias, digital educational content, social media forums, TED talks, and much more.
With remote learning, you can get your child tutored by experts online. This could be for a single subject or multiple ones. They can even take part in full-fledged educational programs. Remote learning offers multiple benefits – it’s flexible and accessible, reduces social anxiety, and can be self-paced.
Artificial intelligence (AI) is arguably the most game-changing development of them all. AI can do many things – personalize learning, tutor, grade lessons, answer questions, generate smart content, aid in lesson planning, and much more. Unite AI offers some AI-based tools for your kids.
Do you have a passion for education?
If you feel strongly about education and love educating your child, you have all the makings of a teacher. You could get better at it or even get into teaching professionally (part-time or full-time) by picking up a degree in education. Take a look at pursuing a bachelor’s in education online – remotely and in your spare time – while you tend to your family or work obligations.
As a parent, it’s your job to make sure your child is receiving a well-rounded education. The school will do most of the heavy lifting, true, but they don’t teach everything. Also, they can’t always tailor lessons to your child or ensure they have stuck. By personally tutoring your child with the assistance of tech tools, you ensure they’re where they should be – on the path toward future success!