Happy New Year to everyone. I hope all had a good time over the silly season and are all ready to go back to the joys of work. I am lucky that I enjoy my job as I learn new things every day, just one of the perks of being in an educational publisher.
It is a known fact, that the vast majority of teachers use digital media in some capacity for classroom instruction.
Obviously, the Internet is the platform for searching for, finding, retrieving, using and managing digital media, including interactive games, activities, lesson plans and simulations. Hence, the increased use of digital media in the classroom could be attributed to its greater availability and easier access on the Web. Internet search engines could be making it easier for teachers to make good use of valuable digital content for their lessons. I am fortunate to work for a company that create solutions for interactive whiteboards. The popularity of this platform for technology-based instruction is quite astounding, since these whiteboards can be a vehicle to access online instructional and professional development resources.
At the same time, interactive whiteboards act as a bridge from traditional pedagogy the teacher in the front of the class delivering information—to a more collaborative culture of learning supported by technology. Also a note, from my research, as much as teachers perceive the educational value of digital resources and recognise some potential in tablet devices (such as iPad/Android etc), students’ ability to use these devices at school is severely limited. So, hopefully this year we will see the new wave of education using more of these cool technologies and more and make it more engaging, intuitive and fun for everyone.