Computer Aided Simulation
Certain concepts are either too much time or energy consuming and cannot be demonstrated in realty in a classroom. However, with the aid of computer simulation these concepts can be made into virtual reality. For example, kids can virtually plant seeds in a greenhouse and observe the garden grow. Similarly, physics experiments which involve dangerous chemicals and gases are very safe if done in a virtual lab.
The facility of video conferencing has given global learning a new platform. For example, if a child wishes to learn a new language he can now learn it from native speakers through the internet without the hassle of traveling to a new place.
This allows children to virtually manipulate and experiment with equations to understand different relationships. For example, they can study the relationship between fractions, decimals and percents by computing the values on a computer and make observations though changing variables.
Use of Sensors
Up until recently, explaining real-time concepts such as velocity and motion were quite a challenge. Collecting and graphing data often took lots of time and effort. Through the use of ultrasonic motion detectors kids can actually simulate the concepts in real time.
E-books have opened a new horizon of learning for children. Electronic textbooks are available on digital readers and their portability makes learning unimaginable.
Epistemic games help kids get the touch and feel of the real world they would be soon part of. By playing roles of pilots, doctors, teachers through games children learn to solve real problems. Games encourage kids to hypothesize, look for new information, and develop patience by problem solving.
Watching the same videos over and over again embeds the message in the young minds.
Tactile and Physical Manipulation
New gadgets such as tablets and xbox kinect have taken learning through gaming into a new direction. It gives a child the opportunity to engage in physical activity while having fun. Thus, technology has helped educate children best suited for their personal learning abilities. Using technology as a teaching tool has helped the wireless generation become more social, adaptive and customized.
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