Technology in the classroom has come a long way. Back then, most classrooms were still using chalkboards and textbooks. Today, however, various EdTech tools and online platforms like Build Your Empire University can help teachers and students alike.
Such tools have also enhanced online learning and virtual teaching methods. With the introduction of online language learning platforms, video-conferencing software, and other teaching materials, keeping up with the rapid advancements in technology can be daunting.
Let’s take a look at some of the most popular tools of 2021.
1. The MobiGlas
The MobiGlas (a portmanteau of “mobile” and “glasses”) is a holographic computer that can project information onto the wearer’s field of vision. This handy device has navigation, communication, and entertainment capabilities.
The idea for this wearable technology was first conceived in 2020, and it has since become one of the most popular EdTech tools in use today.
2. Augmented Reality (AR) Headsets
Augmented reality headsets allow users to see digital information overlaid on top of the real world. This technology is often used for gaming and entertainment purposes, but it can also be used in the classroom to help students learn.
For example, teachers can use AR headsets to create three-dimensional diagrams or allow students to take virtual field trips.
3. Tablets and Laptops
Tablets are small, portable devices that are perfect for taking notes and doing online research. In 2021, most schools will provide students with tablets and laptops to use in class.
Laptops are still a very popular choice for students in 2021. They can be used to take notes, do online research, and participate in virtual classes.
In addition, many schools now require that students bring their own laptops to class to participate in activities like group work or quizzes.
Drones are small remote-controlled aircraft that can be used for various purposes (such as transportation, entertainment, and military operations). Currently, it’s not uncommon to see drones flying above students’ heads as they walk around campus.
5. VR (virtual reality) Arcades
Once again, virtual reality arcades are popular hangouts for students. These arcades use headsets to allow users to play video games in a realistic 3D environment.
Most schools have closed their VR arcades due to concerns about safety and distraction, but some universities still have them open for students over the age of 18.
6. Voice to Text Programs
Voice-to-text programs are incredibly useful for students who have difficulty writing. These programs can transcribe everything from handwritten notes to lecture recordings for later review.
In addition, most schools now teach classes in a virtual classroom format instead of face-to-face. Voice-to-text programs can be a one-stop-shop for students who need to listen and take notes simultaneously.
Some textbooks are available as eBooks, but people still enjoy reading their books on paper even if they have other options. In 2021, many online bookstores like Barnes & Noble and Amazon still allow users to order print textbooks if they wish.
8. Pen-Based Computers
Computer screens in 2021 work much the same way as computer screens in 2018. However, some schools and businesses still use stylus-based computers to take notes and research (especially in places like law firms).
9. 3D Printers
3D printers are devices that can create three-dimensional objects by layering material. These printers have become increasingly popular in recent years, and they are often used to create prototypes for new products.
In 2021, many schools will have at least one 3D printer on campus for students to use.
10. Data Collection Systems
Schools use data collection systems to track student performance. Many schools have stopped grading students on a curve because it unfairly penalizes students who score poorly.
Instead, these schools usually give each student the same grade using an automated data collection system that evaluates their performance by criteria like class participation, homework completion, and test scores.
11. Digital Textbooks
Many schools have replaced textbooks with eBooks and online databases. These digital books can be accessed on computer screens or by using voice-to-text programs in places where it is inconvenient to read from a screen (such as in the car).
12. 3D Design Software
3D design software is used to create three-dimensional models of objects. This software is often used by architects, engineers, and product designers. In 2021, many schools will offer classes in 3D design to give students a head start in their future careers.
13. Augmented Reality Headsets
Augmented reality headsets are similar to virtual reality headsets, but they superimpose computer-generated images onto the real world instead of immersing users in a wholly digital environment. In addition, some augmented reality devices allow users to interact with virtual objects using their hands rather than relying on buttons or controllers.
It’s clear that technology has revolutionized the way people learn in just a few short years. Everyone hopes that the current generation of students will be more eager than ever to learn and take advantage of all the resources available to them for future success.
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