Enhancing Your Child’s Learning With Technology

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Technology has become of paramount importance in today’s fast moving world. Parents have also come to understand that technology has become an integral part of their child’s education and it’s their responsibility to  take a comprehensive approach to education by incorporating it seamlessly into the learning process of their child.

Learning methods have evolved considerably in the past decade. Now children have multitude of ways to enhance their learning experiences with the use of the internet or gadgets and have fun at the same time.

Children these days are usually exposed to electronics at younger and younger ages. By their teens, most kids have been fully engaged in the digital world for a long time. There is no clear rule on when a child is ready for his own laptop, cellphone, or tablet.

You could start by giving your child his own account on the shared family computer. They need to show you that they are responsible before you get them their own gadgets. You can install parenting control apps on the family computer or block certain websites.

It is important to explore your child’s curiosity and show them that technology can be used for practical learning. Here are some tips that will help them combine their digital skills and real-world learning:

 

  • Make a set of rules that that he has to follow to keep him safe when he’s online. For e.g. he should only interact with people he knows.
  • Involve your child in the shopping process when you think they are ready for their own PC or phone so they learn about the specifications of the device. Make sure they read all the reviews of the product and compare it to others.
  • Don’t buy a very expensive phone or laptopimmediately. Start with a basic model and ask them to show you that they can take care of it.
  • Encourage them to watch educational videosor read blogs about innovations in technology.
  • Teach them how to take videos. They can record their friends or family members and edit the videos.
  • Ask your child to create and print posters or greeting cards using design software.
  • Photography is a fun hobby. Teach them how to use a DSLR.
  • Ask your child to help you create a database for weekly household expenses or your recipes.
  • Have them research online on a place to visit for the next family vacation.
  • Find a fun, educational website that helpswith homework and lets your child play games.
  • Download dictionary and vocabulary builder apps for your child.
  • Learning a new language has become so much easier with websites providing audio and video content.
  • Ask them to use online tools to make their projects more attractive.
  • They can create art online and share it on websites like Pinterest.
  • Making a new website has become so much easier now. Help them start one with their name which they can update it every week. They can upload all their work or add things they are interested in.

Raising tech-savvy kids is important if they want to keep up with the competition. Technology can be fun and a very useful tool to score better grades.

Children, now, have access to much more information than what their parents did when they were young. Let them explore the internet and you’ll be surprised at what they can achieve.

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The Use Of Technology In Classrooms

The use of technology in classroom“If we teach today as we taught yesterday, we rob our children of tomorrow.”

– John Dewey

A classroom is the hub of innovative thinking, making it imperative for educators to continually embrace new tools of learning. Technology has brought forth a new meaning to learning in recent times, leaving parents and teachers alike with no doubt about its effectiveness. Young minds today are brimming with the curiosity and are eager to adopt new ways of learning instead of the old tried-and-tested methods more than ever before.

Exploring and utilizing technology in the right way, whilst adapting it to the existing trends in the education sector has become the need of the hour. With the recent Internet boom in India as well as advancements in science and technology, educators are disposed to a plethora of possibilities for the betterment of the education as a whole.

Technology brings a variety of learning tools at the fingertips of educators, students and parents. Here are a few reasons that highlight its positives and usage as a learning tool:

  • Offer students a way to connect what they are learning in class, to real-world situations, in a safe and low-cost environment by­ using games and simulations.
  • Lets educators form a system wherein they share and collaborate their ideas and resources online.
  • Enhance understanding of concepts that involve motion or action by using animations and videos.
  • Holds a student’s attention for longer periods of time, than they would with books and/or paper resources.
  • Allows boring subjects to be more engaging with virtual lessons, tutoring, and the streaming of educational videos.
  • Provides a variety of knowledge from more than one source and doesn’t limit students to one person’s opinion.
  • Promote higher-order thinking skills such as collaboration, communication, problem solving, and teamwork.
  • Students are able to receive direct, individualized instructions from a computer, which enables them to learn at their own pace.
  • Allows self-expression by the students through a multitude of tools, such as PowerPoint, digital photography, filmmaking, class newspapers, web-based school radio stations, or creation of a blog.

This symbiosis of learning and technology enables young, curious minds to prosper and explore unknown territories, and often gain several perspectives on the topics at hand. All that needs to be taken care of is finding the perfect mix of digital curriculum and the face-to-face support and instruction systems.

Over the past decade, innumerable studies have confirmed the benefits from the use of technology in education. In the present scenario, the importance of technology in education is irrefutable, making the question ‘does technology enhance learning?’ redundant. Today, teachers, students and parents must always ask, ‘How do we improve our use of technology to enhance learning?’

Pearson invests in an education technology company to advance learning through affordable private schools

Global learning leader focuses on increasing access to quality affordable education in India.

New Delhi, May 20, 2014: Pearson, the World’s leading learning company, has announced a minority equity investment in Zaya Labs (www.zaya.in), the school service provider delivering high-quality blended learning experiences for schools serving students from low income families.

The investment was brokered by the Pearson Affordable Learning Fund (PALF)and it marks the fifth PALF investment and its first in an education technology company in India. The Pearson Affordable Learning Fund was set up in July 2012 to support early-stage high-quality education enterprises serving weaker socio-economic groups. The PALF’s investment in Zaya Labs will be utilized for continuous product development while continuing to demonstrate superior learning outcomes in classrooms.

Katelyn Donnelly, the managing director of PALF, commented,“Zaya Labs has demonstrated an unrivalled commitment to learner-centric product development, incorporating extensive teacher and student feedback into their product iterations. This is critical when working within the affordable segments of the Indian school market, where there are often infrastructure and connectivity challenges. This unerring focus on not just product quality but successful implementation is what differentiates them from other education technology companies in this sector.”

Incorporated in 2010, Zaya Labs has developed an affordable model using a blend of online and face-to-face teaching for better learning in schools. Unlike traditional classroom settings, where a teacher delivers core content to students, Zaya Labs operates a rotational model where students divide their time between content engagement via tablets, instructional time with a teacher and peer-to-peer group work. Students build their own learning pathway and move through content at their own pace, with regular assessments to ensure concept mastery. Time spent with the teacher is used to reinforce concepts and build additional skills, such as problem solving and teamwork.

Mr. Deepak Mehrotra, Managing Director, Pearson India commented, “At Pearson India we are committed to make education affordable, inclusive and accessible to all. We believe public private partnerships and effective use of technology are two milestones that will help achieve scale and quality learning outcomes. Our investment in an education technology institution like Zaya Labs is another step in this direction.”

Zaya Labs has packaged their solution in a LabKit, which includes all the components required to set up a Zaya blended learning lab in low-income school settings. This includes low-cost tablets, a projector, curated digital content and ClassCloud, an adaptive learning platform that can store and deliver digital content in both online and offline environments. Zaya Labs also provides additional assessment services and intensive training in schools on how to effectively utilize its blended learning solution. The company hopes to implement its affordable LabKit solution across low-income government and private schools in India.

In India Zaya Lab’s network includes one owned lab and eight schools using its solution in Maharashtra, as well as seven learning centres spread across the country. Zaya aims to increase its reach to 400 learning centres and 500 schools in next four years.

Neil D’Souza, Founder and Chief executive, Zaya Labs commented, “We are thrilled to announce our partnership with Pearson Affordable Learning Fund due to their deep education expertise and focus on driving solutions that improve learning outcomes for students. We believe that Zaya can bridge the educational attainment gap for learners at the bottom of the pyramid and look forward to working with PALF to establish our market presence in India and maximise our impact.”

Earlier in 2013, Pearson launched the ‘Edupreneurs’ programme in India. The scheme, which is a partnership between Pearson’s Affordable Learning Fund and Village Capital, supported the development of the two selected start-ups (Experifun and Sudiksha Knowledge Solutions), that are concerned with serving students at the Bottom of the Pyramid (BoP) in India. These two start-ups received $150,000 of guaranteed capital investment.

About Pearson

Pearson is the world’s leading learning company, with 40,000 employees in more than 80 countries working to help people of all ages to make measurable progress in their lives through learning. For more information, visit www.pearson.com

The Pearson Affordable Learning Fund was launched by Pearson in July 2012 with $15 million of capital. Its mandate is to invest in companies that can build quality, scalable education solutions to meet a growing demand for affordable educational services in the developing world.

Learn more at http://www.affordablelearningfund.com.