Natives of the Cloud
April 25, 2013
Natives of the Cloud
For digital natives technology exists at the core of daily life; therefore, technology coexists for core use in the educational system. By the integration of 21st century technologies into the classrooms and daily curricula and with the enhancement of the traditional instructional methods electronically, the concept of the virtual smart-classroom is the new educational model for stimulating the learning environment.
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By virtually enabling teachers and schools, they have the ability reach students across international borders. Students in under-developed countries used Internet technology and communication tools like SKYPE for advanced studies. Prestigious institutions are embracing this model of creating virtual classrooms. Cousersa with its 170,000 students worldwide is a collaboration of Princeton, Stanford, and Cal Tec classes. Udacity currently has approximately 160,000 students and UC Berkley has partnered recently with MOOC provider edX-a not for profit from Cambridge, MA. These models offer flexible, affordable, and virtual online educational coursework (Batson, 2013). Online education is flexible and affordable; the educational sector has reaped positive returns from the advancements in educational technologies.
An idealized view is technology enhances student learning and achievement; other views argue that the money spent on technology for the student as well as the teacher is money down the drain (Education Policy Network, 1997). A more balanced view indicated that technology would enhance school achievement (Morris, 1995: Cognition and Technology Group at Vanderbilt, 1996; Presidents Committee of Advisors on Science and Technology, 1997).
To narrow thinking about using technology will continue the creation of confusion and limit the possibility of affecting a change in the learning environment. Educators and digital immigrants must adapt to technology to enable critical thinking along with creativity.
Innovation has become synonymous with technology. Many innovative educational technologies used in schools locally, and globally supporting students and instructors occurred by bridging the remaining digital divide between the Internet use at home and in schools. By digitizing the classrooms and employing learning tools such as notebooks, laptop computers, smartphones, iPods, iPads, and smart digital whiteboard systems, the students become engaged and motivated. It generates new curricula based on real-world problems, provides for more feedback, critical thinking, and revision between students and teachers.
A recent report by Cisco, looked at the educational challenges between developed and non-developed countries and conducted research into some of the world’s leading educational innovations (Leadbeater & Wong, 2010). They looked at four basic strategies designed shown to address the low aspiration and achievement in the developed world and set their sights at transformation of schools and learning. Devoted to using technology in the most unorthodox ways and not done to automate any processes, researchers put it to use by inspiring, engaging, and connecting.
The most well known innovation was the, “Hole in the Wall” in Hyerbad, India. Internet developer, entrepreneur, Sugta Mitra, started this with simply putting a computer into a wall near his office, which backed up to a slum,...