5 Technologies That Will Change Classroom Education

| November 14, 2017

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The potential for new technology in the classroom is really cool – and also kind of creepy. Here are five technologies that could dramatically change the way we learn.

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Open Learning Group (OLG) is an accredited Private Higher Education Institution (PHEI), established in 1997. Qualifications are delivered through a blended distance learning model and learnerships, skills programmes and short learning programmes are delivered through contact sessions. OLG is committed to making a real difference in helping individuals to realise their career aspirations and in doing so, contributing to a better skilled Africa.

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Special education instructors, like everyone else, turned to an array of digital tools and technologies to continue teaching in the wake of the pandemic. And while most would agree the shift to online learning came with serious challenges, many also found solutions that worked. “This last year was a struggle — I won’t tell you it was not,” says Wendy Thompson, a special education teacher at New Jersey’s A. Harry Moore School. “That being said, we have seen success, and there are things out there that can help.” Thompson, who is also president of the New Jersey Coalition for the Advancement of Assistive and Rehabilitation Technology, says the key is to ensure the tools educators use can be adapted to fit the needs of individual students. “It’s important to approach students where they are and provide them with options for how they can respond and show what they know and what they are learning.”

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Open Learning Group (OLG) is an accredited Private Higher Education Institution (PHEI), established in 1997. Qualifications are delivered through a blended distance learning model and learnerships, skills programmes and short learning programmes are delivered through contact sessions. OLG is committed to making a real difference in helping individuals to realise their career aspirations and in doing so, contributing to a better skilled Africa.

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