In this day and age, we need to do all we can to improve the quality of education; the world of old classrooms with boards replete with chalk are long over. It is time that we understood the fact that education has undergone an evolution of sorts since the days we were mandated to wipe the chalkboard clean and dust the dusters. It is essential that classrooms are outfitted with VCDs, Laptops and even projectors so that kids can get access to better information through the visual medium as well. Granted the information being provided can often be gleaned from textbooks but using the visual medium for the same ensures better retention. Here are a few reasons as to why smart classrooms are not just important but essential.
Online access: Smart classrooms with online access can provide students with ready access to detailed information on any topic. Teachers can use the same to research a particular topic in depth, set tests based on the same and even provide students with a visual lecture on the same so that they are able to understand the topic better. With internet access, students should be able to review any topic in depth and this comprehensive information should help them to perform better. With online access, teachers should be able to curate information and even develop a presentation which makes the subject all the more interesting to students.
Online tools: Rather than repeating the same lesson ad-infinitum is not going to help get the message across to students, especially for those seated in the back of a crowded classroom. This is why it makes more sense to use various audio-visual tools including powerpoint presentations, to convey the message to the students so that the entire class is able to cue in on the teacher’s lecture and the presentation. Various colleges and universities have started adopting smart classroom methodologies to the point that every desk comes outfitted with a pair of headphones so that they are able to hear the professor clearly.
Online modules: There are various reasons why a student may not be able to attend the class, which is where online modules come into play. Students who are not able to attend school for a week or longer can attend class through online classes, check out the various training modules, review and submit assignments and get it all done online. By doing so, teachers can ensure that their students do not miss out on important classes and will be better prepared for the exams ahead.
Interactive: Using the digital format can help make the class more interactive as it should help fuel the student’s interest and get them to discuss the various subjects on length. Teachers can help keep the students engaged by devising interesting challenges that test their mental acuity, retention skills and much more. You should be able to improve the performance of your class as a whole by making it all the more interactive than before.
Go green: Another aspect of smart classes is that you would be reducing the carbon footprint; by getting your students to use less of paper and pen, you would be doing your bit for the environment. It may take a while for all classes to migrate from the traditional classroom to smart classrooms but the change is happening. With an emphasis on “less paper”, the students will be forced to think more creatively rather than memorize notes and this, in turn, should help boost his understanding of most topics.
Low maintenance cost: Other than the initial investment, most smart classrooms are relatively easy to maintain. All they require is a periodical clean-up and maintenance, and compared to the traditional classrooms, are relatively inexpensive to maintain.
Creativity: Smart classrooms help the students to perform better and even push the others to be more creative. With instant access to comprehensive information on any topic, students should be able to use the same and even come up with creative concepts.
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These are some of the advantages of a smart classroom and that’s why it is important that we ensure that all the schools in our country adopt smart classrooms at the earliest. After all, our kids are our future and it is only right that we invest in a better tomorrow and provide them with the requisite skills to meet the challenges ahead. Smart classrooms are a must, and moreover, they help the students to perform better in a relatively short time.