A decade ago, many teachers and researchers thought learning to read, write and type in a text-based format was a waste of time.
Now, they’re using Google, Amazon and other online learning platforms to give students a shot at mastering their skills.
The same tools are used to help students improve their skills with math, writing and reading.
Now it’s up to students to prove that they can write and read without the help of technology.
The next generation of teachers and educators, the next generation to learn, is on the verge of making a difference, says David Binder, director of the Center for Learning Leadership at the University of Washington.
Students learn more in class.
The way teachers work with students is fundamentally different than when they were in kindergarten.
“The big challenge that students face in their education is that they are taught in a linear way,” Binder says.
“They are taught linear learning.
You learn from books and you do math and you learn from homework.
They learn the same way that teachers teach kids to read or write.
That’s not the case with reading and writing.”
Binder and his team have created a way for teachers and students to take that linear learning and turn it into a new learning environment.
The goal is to make reading and reading-related skills more accessible, he says.
The research shows that children who are exposed to a text that is similar to their own can learn more quickly.
The most promising application for this approach might be a new way for students to improve their writing skills, says Binder.
They could use a tool called TextEdit, a tool that can convert text into images and audio.
The technology could help them hone their writing, Binder said.
But the technology also has the potential to help them improve their performance on math tests.
It’s a technique called learning by example that helps students work through math problems without actually learning the math.
If students learn by doing, they are more likely to succeed, says Robert Peebles, a professor of education at the School of Education at the College of William and Mary and the author of the new book The Next Generation of Teachers.
“We need teachers to be more creative and we need students to be creative,” he says, “not to be lazy and to be complacent and to not take a lot of risk in doing things that are not necessarily optimal.”
The next step?
Teaching through interactive technology to students and educators.
For example, Binders says his team is working on ways to provide online tools to help teachers use technology in ways that students might not be comfortable with.
He says the technology could be used to teach by looking at a student’s handwriting, drawing, or reading to figure out what a student is struggling with.
For students who are learning by doing or who have a difficult time understanding a question, a quick Google search might be enough to get a teacher’s attention.
“If they can understand it, they can be encouraged to learn and they will be more likely be able to do the thing they need to do to get the information,” he said.
Binder hopes that with this approach, students will have access to the tools they need and that they will feel more comfortable using technology in school.
“In the future, you can imagine this as an education-focused product.
That way, you’re going to get all the tools and technology that we’ve been working on,” he told the Washington Post.
“That way, we can make it easier for students and teachers to get their kids on the same page.”