Not just a notebook and board anymore! The new ways children learn at school today and how they cheat

There is no doubt that technological advancement has already taken center stage in our lives today. Other than it influencing our communication channels, it has also stemmed into our classrooms and is now a core element in our education system.

Traditionally, the only way to gain knowledge was from either learning from a classroom set up or through apprenticeship. However, this has significantly changed today, as all a student might need is a laptop and internet access allowing them to learn virtually from anywhere.

Today, the use of online-based live quiz games has strongly taken over the mode of teaching. It has become one of the most common ways of engaging with students in classrooms and lecture halls.

This has also greatly influenced and changed the roles played by teachers in schools, as it is not just notebooks and boards anymore. While this stands to be true, it is vital that teachers stay vigilant and updated on how children learn at schools today and how they cheat.

For starters, you would want to be informed about bot usage in learning software and applications. Bots that you might be interested to start looking at include those for Kahoot, Gimkit, Quizlet, and Quizizz.

Modern learning methods

The good thing with technological advancements is that it has completely revolutionized how we do things. In this techno-modern era, various innovative and new methods are being used in our classrooms. These may include technologies such as:

  1. Class blogs, podcasting, and wikis
  2. Interactive whiteboards
  3. Mobile devices
  4. Computer usage
  5. The internet

Take note that these are just some of the existing technological-based methods that you can quickly adapt your class to and that there are numerous ways we can continually benefit from the technologies that are continually being developed.

1. Class blogs, podcasting, and wikis

Options like class website blogs and podcasting make learning content indefinitely available to any student who might have missed out on class due to unavoidable issues such as illness. Additionally, this also allows for quicker feedback and also enhances collaboration efforts among learners and researchers by simply participating in discussions and other educational forums.

Learning communities, discussion forums, and collaborative platforms are further widened by the use of class wikis that encourages learners to build on their thoughts and learn to form others outside the classroom setup.

2. Interactive whiteboards

The use of interactive whiteboards, otherwise known as smartboards is a common practice today in many classrooms. Most teacher and student reviews largely praise them as the best teaching assistant of all time.

Smartboards generally facilitate the learning process by providing learners with enhanced visual aids and giving teachers an interactive channel for presenting content for the lesson.

3. Mobile devices

Learning today can be said to be largely propelled by the exchange and availability of ideas. This aspect further relies on how fast this information can be made available to the target audience. Well, mobile devices especially smartphones makes sharing of information lightning-fast and with one-touch accessibility between teachers and students.

4. Computer usage

In the past decade, computer usage in most classrooms has rapidly evolved from just being limited to MIT computer labs, military, and research institutions to be the most widespread and highly dependent component in most of our learning institutions.

Its incredible evolution from mainframes to microchips makes it very rare for one not to find at least one computer being used in a teaching session.

Today, computers are highly dependent and students use them for research, completing assignments, and connecting with their colleagues. Whereas, teachers normally use them to check student assignments, grade students, and keep track of every learner.

5. The Internet

The internet is commonly known as the greatest and most helpful invention of all time. It can be described as a hub for all the information there is and an integral facilitator of communication today. Meaning that everything in it occurs in real-time.

Back to learning, the internet supports and avails major educational databases such as wiki-based educational projects like Wikibooks, Wikiversity, and Wikipedia that are greatly explored by millions of students and teachers (even professors) every day all over the world.

Besides, most learning materials that largely included hardcopies are now scanned and converted to readily available and downloadable soft copies to everyone who has access to the internet. Moreover, the tedious manual examination process has been seasoned by the use of the internet and exams can now be issued, submitted, graded, and ranked over this platform.

Cheating in classrooms today

Moving away from sneak peeking through a colleague’s answer sheet, technologies have also revolutionized cheating in our classrooms today. Some of the most common ways used to cheat that might call for your keen inspection include text messaging answers to each other, use of auto-solve website apps for math-based questions, directly copying and pasting answers from the internet, and sharing questions for answers through social media.

While all these are heavily dependent on the use of any form of computer especially internet-enabled smartphones, your institution must formulate clear and strict guidelines and policies towards the use of mobile devices, cheating, and other malpractices.