Despite the computer becoming a virtual necessity in our personal, academic, and business lives, the advent of the iPad in 2010 was the turning point for the rise of of tablet computer adoption. Many school budgets and grants financed these devices in an effort to enhance the the educational environment and teachers were excited about the idea of a new era of technological advances in the classroom. However, the reality of academic learning has compelled many schools to reexamine their learning infrastructure and return to traditional laptop computers.
There are many reasons for the decision to downgrade but the biggest issue is how students perceive these devices. Tablets are considered more for entertainment, to use for gaming and connecting on social media. Students were excited to use these devices (despite being told they’re for educational projects) but still had the perception the devices were for recreation.
While overhead projectors have dominated academia for the past 30+ years, technology has evolved to create a sense of integration. No longer are teachers limited to using clear projector transparency sheets with dry erase pens; today’s visual learning combines interaction between computers, projectors, tablets, and Wi-Fi. If you’re looking to refresh or add to your visual resources, then consider a modern day projector cart. Below are several tips to help narrow down your search to find a media center lectern or projector cart that suits your needs.
There are so many acronyms in education today; we may forget or not know exactly what they represent. We hear a lot about STEM and STEAM as well as PBL. Here we can explore these educational buzz words and better understand them and how they’re changing the world of academia.
Let’s start by defining STEM, which is an acronym that stands for Science, Technology, Engineering and Math. In the acronym STEAM, the “A” refers to Art. Special grants are given to schools to fund these programs. Most professionals who work in the STEM arena hold higher education degrees in the field so these grants are essential to students who need the educational qualifications to pursue a career in STEM.
Make no mistake: the use of video in business isn’t just a fad. While video communication used to be limited to designated rooms that have computer lab desks, it’s now a dominant force in business communication at the individual and group level. As more seasoned veterans decide to transition to this technology, the up-and-comers consider video communication a part of everyday life. They probably wonder how we ever got along without it!