Interactive digital whiteboards are gradually substituting traditional blackboards in the classrooms all over the world. More tutors have dropped the chalk and started teaching with a mouse and stylus.
Usage of digital technology allows students to become more involved in the learning process. Active learning in classrooms boosts performance and helps in reminiscing information.
“During the announcement of the budget for 2018-19, Arun Jaitley, the Finance Minister of India, stated that the government’s focus would be on improving the quality of education through integrating the usage of digital boards in the classrooms.”
The awareness and accessibility of digital learning are expanding across India by attaining the power of technology. With the help of various initiatives, students are getting access to educational facilities. However, there are still plenty of educational establishments that are yet to embrace the advent of technology. The aim of these initiatives is to cater to the areas with inadequate educational facilities and lack of experienced tutors. The goal is to bridge the gap between education in urban and the rural areas. It also aims to provide equal digital learning opportunities to children from all background.
“The lack of interest in studies is 20.24% out of the school children in rural areas. Digital classrooms with interactive learning can make education interesting and, in turn, motivate students to attend school.”
Let’s take a quick look at various government and non-profit initiatives to extend support for digital classrooms in India:
- PM Narendra Modi launched a flagship programme in 2014 called ‘Digital India’. It aims to cater to the issues in the education sector and integrate technology.
- Under ‘Project Shiksha’, a tech giant partnered with schools to develop Information Communication Technology (ICT) skills in government school teachers.
- ‘Project Saksham’ aims to bridge the gap between educational institutions and digital technology. It has influenced 71 universities.
- The government aims to provide free Wi-Fi in all schools by 2019 under a project ‘National Knowledge Network (NKN)’.
Let’s see HOW interactive boards empower teachers and contribute to making education more effective:
- Digital classes make school learning more relevant and engaging by allowing students to participate in team activities for research work.
- It enhances soft skills that might aid them during the employment process.
- Interactive learning provides a high-quality education for students by implementing individualised practice to make students grasp faster and retain the knowledge for a long time.
- It attracts and prepares students to choose the topic of their interest for studies which will make them feel empowered by the use of high-quality digital tools.
- Whiteboard helps to provide accountability for results.
The above-mentioned benefits are vital as they provide a high-quality education. Digital learning enables other noteworthy skills like decision-making, critical thinking and communication skills.
Why are whiteboards needed in classrooms?
The incorporation of whiteboards and digital tools in classrooms have brought considerable improvement in the educational frontier. Let’s look at the benefits of involving digital tools in classes:
Interactive sessions require the full involvement of students. Audio-visual presentations and interactive digital sessions make students attentive as compared to the traditional techniques. It triggers creativity and fresh ideas of learning. Interestingly, using electronic gadgets like laptops and tablets enable students to complete the tasks quickly.
- Vocabulary Enhancement
Students can develop their language skills through interactive learning. It allows them to learn new words with their meaning. Moreover, they can even determine the correct pronunciation of difficult words through an audio medium.
- Data Preservation
The connected computer allows the access of information on an interactive whiteboard. It means everything taught on the whiteboard can be recorded directly to a hard drive. This function enables the faculties to recall and reuse the information anytime. In contrast, data on a traditional whiteboard gets lost if not copied.
- Interactive Learning
Digital tools provide learning through videos, presentations and various audio-visual mediums. It creates a great symphony between the hearing and viewing abilities of the students that simplifies the processing and grasping of information. Subsequently, it makes the classroom teachings more fun, interactive and student-centric. It elevates the metacognitive skills of students.
“The rapid rise in using mobile phones for video-based learning will account for 80% of all traffic in 2019.”
Digital learning offers an unprecedented ability to grant educational experiences that are tailor-made for every student. Students can advance in modules while teachers can now keep a note on their individual progress to present solutions for their specific needs.
Digital learning makes it possible for students to conduct experiments virtually that would be too dangerous, expensive, or challenging in a school laboratory.
- Quick Feedback Mechanism
As digital education is interactive and swift, the learning and understanding take place at the same time. It makes it easy for teachers to give immediate feedback to students to enhance the learning process.
- Effective Modules
Interactive whiteboards facilitate teachers to organise their lesson plans in a structured method. It allows the teacher to deliver streamlined information. It enables the quick revision of lessons.
- Individualised Teaching
The grasping competence of every student is different. Some are quick learners while some are slow learners. With the help of interactive sessions, teachers can identify and teach every student as per his/her capacity to learn.
These benefits are sufficed to say that digital classrooms are imperative in revolutionising the education sector. To add to it, let me showcase the impacts of employing digital whiteboards in classrooms:
- The effectiveness of digital technology and interactive whiteboards have elevated students’ attention and significantly lowered school dropouts.
- It enables students to learn from other countries by eliminating geographical barriers.
- Young minds can expand their global exposure and learn foreign languages with ease with the help of video conferencing and webinars.
- Through online courses, students are free to choose the subject they aim to excel.
- The scope of learning anytime and from anywhere has led to an entire world of opportunities for students.
To summarise, digital learning opens the door of opportunities for students to learn efficiently. In this modern era, technology has become an integral part of classroom learning and pedagogy. If utilised correctly, the intervention of technology makes learning more interactive and meaningful.
Dheer Rana is a career counsellor and a motivational speaker. Currently, he is employed as a Marketing Manager at St. Kabir Indian International School, Gujarat. The school ranks among the top CBSE schools in Gujarat.