The effects of technology in the classroom are related to both the teacher and the students. In the past classrooms were lecture driven. In the current century with technology involved in education, the students are more active in their learning.
Technology also gives an opportunity for students and teachers to learn from a broader perspective of learning other skills. Instead of having the social norm of “lecture, notes” type of classes, students get to be active in learning with such a broad area of study. When I started my career As a Hindi teacher in the classroom, students came with a preconceived idea that Hindi is not interesting and is a difficult language to learn.I noticed that they were more passive learners as I did not include technology in the classroom. To make the class interactive I used presentations and videos. The result of this was students active participation and enthusiasm to learn the language. I even recorded their voices using an audio device, which aroused their interest to a great level.
While students were learning ‘Days of the week and Months’ in Hindi, I instructed the students to create a calendar in Hindi by inserting tables in MS Word and adding necessary dates and days in Hindi in each cell. I also directed them to search for appropriate images from the internet and insert them in the calendar to enhance creative skills as well. This activity not only helped them in learning, but enhancedtheir confidence levels.
“Education has been a prime beneficiary of technology’s power.”
– Author Janet Wall
Hindi Facilitator, International Centre for Excellence