Education is one of the biggest beneficiaries of technological advancements. It has opened up a world of learning opportunities for students, and at the same time empowered teachers to impart lessons in a better way. The many apps and gadgets have made learning easier and more interesting for everyone involved.
The latest initiative in integrating technology with education has come from Taiwan's Hon Hai Group. This Taiwanese electronics manufacturer has been a big advocate of using technology in schools, and to this end, it manufactures many devices such as tablets, interactive whiteboards and smart TVs. It also uses cloud and fog computing to enhance communication for school students.
To elevate the use of technology in high schools, it has started a smart campus program where students and teachers will have access to all the information they want at the fastest possible speeds. As a pilot initiative three schools have been identified for this program: National Taichung Girls Senior High School, National Experiment School at Hsinchu Science Park and Affiliated Senior High School of National Taiwan Normal University.
This initiative from Hon Hai Group is an example of the changes that are taking place in high schools world over. In the U.S., many innovations have helped to transform school education. The National Education Technology Plan of 2010 was started by the Obama Administration with a view to improve the standards of education and increase the number of college graduates in America. Under this plan, students get to use a range of technological devices and platforms such as electronic whiteboards, smartphones and tablets for learning. Some schools are even adopting a BYOD policy to encourage students to use the device of their choice.
Going forward, technology will be such an integral part of learning that it will be hard to imagine what schools were like before tablets and smartphones.
Edited by Maurice Nagle