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Diamond Mind and our Education Brands partners focus on technology on the administrative side of things – admissions, enrollment, tuition management, billing, etc. But what about technology in the classroom? It’s always important to consider what’s going on in the classrooms our schools support.
Over time, students have transitioned from slate, chalk, pencils and paper to slide rules, calculators, whiteboards, computers and data streaming. What was introduced only a few years ago is now routine, and education technology is no longer relegated to computer labs down the hall and away from the classroom. Laptops, tablets, and even smartphones are incorporated into everyday learning tasks.
So how are these changes affecting classrooms today? Let’s take a look.
Decline of Paper Textbooks – Yes, schools are still purchasing paper-based textbooks and materials. But the paper-based industry is changing, and publishers are regrouping for more production of digital materials.
Devices From Home Used for School Accessibility – Rather than banning cellphones and tablets from the classroom, some schools embrace them. Educational apps enable devices as learning tools at school and home. Allowing devices also provides students with an easy way to network and work together on projects outside of class.
Access to a Computing Device is the New Normal – Let’s start with 1-to-1, a classroom where each student has his/her own computing device. Over half of America’s classrooms are already 1-to-1, and the rate continues to grow!
Personalized Learning – Teachers can now tailor education to each individual student, and apps can reach out to students who need extra attention. Blended learning — a combination of traditional instruction and individualized digital programs — is easier to implement due to modern technology.
Data Privacy and Security Concerns – As students use technology to complete schoolwork, schools pay closer attention to data privacy and security. With increased use of data comes an increase in privacy concerns. Applications that collect data on students must be closely guarded, and online communication safeguards should be in place.
Online classes – Online learning is another area of potential growth in the K–12 community. With internet, students can access educators and curricula that may not otherwise be available, allowing them to experience personalized classes taught by experts in a range of subjects.
The independent school business office has also experienced changes in the past few years, and if you’l like to learn more about our recent trends report regarding enrollment and tuition, you can download it here: Enrollment and Tuition Trends Report.
We also welcome you to call one of our independent school specialists at 888 566 0945 x 777 to discuss any tech issue affecting your business office today. We’re happy to provide solution ideas!