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Smart Tech & Students - How technology in the classroom is transforming learning


With smartphones, tablets and a range of devices becoming ubiquitous today’s blog looks at how technology in the classroom is affecting the way in which students live and learn. We examine student and teacher attitudes to incorporating modern technology into their learning and teaching, and outline what this new trend means for the future of learning.

The rise of technology in the classroom

Technology in the classroom is increasingly becoming more widespread, either directly or indirectly. In a recent study by the Pew Research Centre in the United States over nine in ten (92%) of teachers stated that the internet has a “major impact” on their ability to access content, resources, and materials for their teaching. Three in four (75%) classrooms allow technology as an active part of a lesson, 73% of teachers say that they or their students use their mobile devices in the classroom or in order to complete assignments.

Student attitudes to using technology


How to college students feel about technology and its relationship with their studies. Almost three in every four (73%) of college students believes that they cannot study without technology, while four in ten students admits that they cannot go 10 minutes without checking their tablet, laptop, or smartphone. In their day to day academic lives nine in ten students (91%) use email to communicate with their professors and tutors, while 65% use digital devices in order to create presentations. Of those that own an e-reader almost all students (98%) read e-textbooks over traditional hard copies.

Technology and the classroom of tomorrow


The classroom of the future will be distinctly different, as advancements in technology shape the way in which we learn. Much like the notepad has been replaced by the iPad, the physical classroom may become a distant memory, as distance learning comes to the fore. Today over half of students (53%) believe that virtual learning is an essential element of a 21st century classroom, interestingly, only 48% of staff members share this view. University IT Staff, tend to believe that distance learning will be a vital component of the classroom of the future with seven in ten (72%) believing it has a key role to play. Today a staggering 15% of college students have earned their degree entirely online. A primary factor in students opting for distance learning, is that it provides them with increased flexibility to take their preferred classes with 71% expressing this view.

Social media and the college experience

We live in an increasingly connected world, and while social media has pervaded our personal lives it is changing the way in which students enjoy the college experience. Students who are active on social media tend to be more sociable, compared to get average internet used active social media users tend to be more likely to attend events, and go out socially. A student is active on social media is 19% are more likely to attend a sporting event, 45% more likely to go on a date, and 18% more likely to workout at a gym. Being on social media also helps students to keep up to date, as active social media users are 26% more likely to give their opinion on current events. Studies show students denied social media access go through withdrawal symptoms, similar to those felt by someone with a substance addiction like alcohol or class A drugs.


The rise of distance learning

When the first students enrolled in the Open University in January 1971, the UK was suddenly introduced to the idea that you could earn an education while studying at home. As technology has led to increased innovations, the postage style distance learning of the past has evolved into online portals, where students can take part in their students, from anywhere at any time. Earning a degree or certificate from education establishments like The Brighton School of Business and Management is increasingly becoming the norm, as the rates of those participating in online distance learning courses continue to rise in Britain.


Source: Office for National Statistics (UK)

A recent survey examined the global market for distance learning, and found that the worldwide market for e-learning products was $32 billion (£20 billion) in 2010 and it is expected to rise to $50 billion (£32 billion) by 2015. Distance learning is not just being embraced by students, businesses now report that using virtual learning portals is the second most valuable training method that is being implemented in the corporate world today.Today almost half (41.7%) of Fortune 500 companies say that they use some form of educational technology, in order to assist and instruct staff during their work day.

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