(Dedicated to my friends and teachers, to all the students in India and around the world. Still, do read on if you are a grown up!)
How many of you hate reading those boring school textbooks? Or hate doing projects on paper? I too hate all of this… So this article is for sharing my views on… Technology in Education!
Its a controversial topic, really. Its about the generation difference. Today’s kids are growing up with smartphones, tablets in their hand. They have access to all the content from across the world. That, for sure, wasn’t the case with the previous generation. They grew up with books. Books by great authors and scientists.
And today, when the young generation needs to connect the best of both worlds, well, the adults just win. And I’m not criticising on that - that’s how they grew, and that’s how they want us to grow up.
So let me get straight down to the the topic. I’m sharing a few ideas (and apps) to make your boring student life more interesting!
First up - don’t lose your gadgets! Never, I say. Nothing wrong in using your smartphones and tablets (and computers) in and out of school, at your home, or just keeping it beside you when you read those textbooks. I use my iPhone all the time, and I never feel distracted when its around (I, and most of you, would probably feel more distracted when its not accessible to you). Yes, but you must concentrate on studying when you are studying. I recommend keeping your phone on silent with the screen face down on your table when you read.
Now that you have your smartphones, I would recommend some apps/websites:
Khan Academy: The best app for all education. Amazing videos and good examples make this website + app a total winner. If you didn’t understand anything in class, look it up here. I remember most of my trigonometry only because of Khan Academy. Its a must have. I also recommend teachers using it, and showing videos from here on the “smart” boards in classes.
Codecademy: Wanna learn basics of programming languages? This is a great site for you. The free tool has an in-browser HTML, Java programmer, so you learn as you type in commands on the webpage, complete activities, and even make a few games! I learnt Java using this website.
Evernote & Wunderlist: Though these are productivity apps, I completely recommend using these for 1. Taking down notes, including picture notes, and 2. Listing down homework! These apps will make sure you’ve completed all your work in time, and is a super techy way to organise!
MyScript calculator, PhotoMath & Math42 (iOS): Great calculators. MyScript calc takes input by simply writing onto the screen. So there is no pain in typing down equations. PhotoMath is a new app that can solve equation just by looking at the printed expression using the camera. Math42 is the king of equation-solvers. Input any equation (of any degree) and it will solve it for you with steps. Plus, it beautifully graphs your equation for an even better look at the solution.
Duolingo: The best way to learn a new language. Good options, a game like feel gives this app a lively look, so you never get bored of learning a new language!
Meritnation: I do not like the Meritnation's website, truthfully, but I love their app. Provides solution to all your textbook questions plus a few more books (like Physics HC Verma). Very student friendly!
So that was a short list. I’ll bring in a new post for for other productivity apps, but this is a good way to start off your “education apps” folder.
Again though, you might end up reading those boring notes, but something is surely better than nothing. Keep using these apps, and you’ll love ‘em.
Just a point I would like to end with… Lets start utilising the potential of the devices we all have. Let’s learn using e-books, save paper. Let’s use interactive methods to study - touching the beautiful displays. Let’s use the smart boards in our classrooms for watching videos, sharing projects and experiences. We are the new generation, so let’s just be smart!
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