Ever since technology has been integrated into society, it's gone hand-in-hand with education. Students are expected to have access to it outside of school in order to accomplish any work. However, in the past decade or so, online components have been actually been added to the curriculum in a program called Blended Learning Classroom.
This system involves using technology side-by-side with traditional classroom learning, not as an additional resource. In a new phenomenon called "flipping," most teaching is done at home via the Internet and class time is used to go over any questions and to clarify the material, according to TeachThought.
Unified communications plays an integral role in the blended learning environment. While you can learn by listening to a teacher lecture, it's not the same as getting an expert's insight via online discussion. By implementing technology into the learning process, students can participate in video conferencing and data sharing.
BLC Caters to Remote StudentsBlended learning makes education more widely available through UCaaS. Florida International University's Chaplin School of Hospitality and Tourism Management has students around the world. Video conferencing allows the school to cater to more scholars while maintaining the same number of facilities, according to EdTech. Students can view lectures live or at their convenience. Those who take part in the presentation during class time can also participate via teleconferencing.
Sometimes classes are canceled due to a lack of registration, but with unified communications, that's not the case. Even remote students are able to sign up for and participate in courses that are offered on campus.
"Besides giving students and faculty flexibility, video conferencing will also help us better meet the needs of students," James Calilan, director for technology services and support at Solano Community College, told the source.
UC Creates Hands-On ClassroomsWith an online component to education, classrooms are no longer dedicated to lecturing. Initial learning is done at home through homework, reading, and videos. Class time can then be used for activities that reinforce the material. Teachers can video conference in guest speakers or partner students up for exercises.
Kristin Weller, a middle school and high school teacher as well as a university professor, said on Edutopia that she incorporates an iPad into classroom learning. She uses this technology to host podcasts created both by her and her students. She'll pair two students up and have the more confident one create a podcast to teach the less sure one about a topic. Her pupils can then access these podcasts at home to help with homework. According to Weller, the use of the iPad in class increased her students' participation and enthusiasm for learning.
This mobile convergence allows learning to continue outside the classroom. Technology contributes to educators' teaching methods, giving them an extra resource to provide information with. It adds another realm to education using the items that millennials and beyond have become so reliant on.