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The internet is revolutionising the way people around the
world learn. Here are four of the most exciting new learning tools.
The days of a teacher lecturing students while navigating a stick of
chalk across a blackboard will soon seem as outdated as writing with a
feather dipped in a pot of ink. Here's how the tech savvy are now
educating themselves and teaching others.
1. Online videos
Whether you want learn how to create an Excel spreadsheet or weld
sheet metal, there's now almost certainly an online video that will
guide you through the process. Some of the big players in this field
are: YouTube, which has video tutorials on just about everything; TED,
which has short talks from a diverse range of world-leading experts;
and MIT Video, which is a library of over 11,000 talks given at the
prestigious Massachusetts Institute of Technology. There's also iTunes
U, which claims to be the world's largest source of educational audio
and video with over 200,000 titles available.
A ‘flexible textbook', the Flexbook is a free open-source textbook
platform that can be used to build and edit collaborative textbooks.
Textbooks look set to become relic of the past, with students of the
future requiring nothing more than a tablet computer to download all
the information they require.
An electronic portfolio is a collection of created and/or found
digital resources. E-portfolios can contain text, images, blog
entries, video and audio, multimedia files and links to online
resources. They're in the process of replacing the real-world
portfolios that creative types used to have to lug around, and
students are increasingly learning by checking out others' e-portfolios.
4. Interactive whiteboards
The blackboard may be on the way out, but teachers (and sometimes
students) still need to display text, diagrams and other material.
Increasingly, this is being done with an interactive whiteboard, a
large interactive display that connects to a computer and projector.
The projector projects the computer's desktop onto the board's surface
where users control the computer using a pen, finger or stylus.
There are so many new technologies helping students succeed at
university, TAFE and beyond.
And while they might seem pretty old school nowadays, don't forget
that there's always the option of downloading apps to your smartphone
that will help you achieve anything, from understanding French grammar
to learning the periodic table.