Schools adapt teaching to digital platforms
A large number of schools in Spain is doing the effort to adapt teaching to digital platforms. To adapt to new technologies now use digital whiteboards that replace the traditional green or black waxes in which we learned.
That is why, in the intergenerational conversations that children like so much, they are surprised by the reality of our chalk and our eraser, of those rules, squares and wooden squares that served to learn geometry on the blackboard, or that, to see a video, we had to move to a special room with a television screen a little larger than normal.
The adaptation of schools to new technologies
According to a study carried out by the Open University of Catalonia, less than a third of the professors who never use a didactic resource with application of new technologies. And the trend in time is very marked.
Schools and, above all, publishing groups are adding with surprising speed to provide teachers, parents and students digital platforms with multiple materials to complement the training of children. They have discovered the potential of these digital resources to encourage learning in the classroom. Because, as Prensky explains, the reality is that digital natives have not only changed their language with respect to their parents, but this insertion in the technological world has also transformed their capabilities, reducing some that were used more in the past and enhancing others that did not exist before.
For example, while in traditional education at the school prior to
irruption of new technologies, especially skills such as concentration or memory were valued, the technologically developed student has the ability to manage several tasks at the same time that is unique to the digital language.
The learning of the digital natives: study linked to entertainment
The professors García, Protillo, Romo and Benito, demonstrated in a research how it is necessary to adapt learning models to digital natives. In their study, prepared at the University of the Basque Country, they showed how to boost these new capabilities like multitasking, to take advantage of them educationally. "For digital immigrants, the ability to address parallel processes of digital natives are nothing more than behaviors that seem chaotic and random." However, for natives, the ability to jump from one subject to another easily and return again to the previous one, multiplies their learning possibilities.
Another element that characterizes the new digital environments is the ease with which they promote learning thanks to the resources of audiovisual communication. Educational centers that have opted for new technologies are discovering the potential of new technologies to turn learning into a time that, for the student, computes as entertainment. This circumstance limits the negative perception of the reality of the study.
A third year student from Primary, the equivalent of a third year of EGB, is studying, as his parents did at the same age, the map of Spanish geography and that of the division into Autonomous Communities and Provinces.
While the parents traced the physical and political maps supported by the window or with the help of those rules with the profile of Spain, the children access digital platforms and find maps in which they interact in the same way as with computer games : drag elements to compose a puzzle. In an environment identical to the one they use to have fun, the fun allows them to learn some curricular contents established by the educational center.
Music added to the image has been another of the great discoveries for
The education. If our generation put a monotonous melody to the tables
to multiply, now you can find digital resources with catchy raps that help remember the names of oceans and continents. Although in the first years of Internet use it was not easy to find suitable material, today the variety is very wide and there are numerous documentaries adapted to children.
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