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Technology Leveraged Learning

Technology and education Ramon Murguia

There are few Universities that consider constanlty improving education and they know it is a big problem and always has been. From admissions exams, test scores, performance against other countries and other additional factors, they have taken education to the forefront of any national policy, only behind health. However, today, there are tools that can be used to improve teaching and learning and thus lead and help our students succeed: It is called Technology.

From one side, parents and students want smaller schools and more personalized class sizes, universities are looking for classrooms with more students to reduce their costs. The interesting thing that technology can do, is to become a "force multiplier" for the teacher. Instead of the teacher being the only source of help in the classroom, students can access examples, websites, online tutorials and many more to help them. Education does not have to stop at the end of the school day, students now have access to teachers, resources and homework through the web and access these resources at any time. Students can also get help and tutoring online, solving their doubts in real time, either by the teacher or via email or online collaboration, or from a help website.

For the development of skills, technology can help with projects and skills from research, online teamwork, perseverance, initiative, memorization, among others. Students can create from websites, blogs and multimedia presentations as part of their projects. Additionally they will learn technological skills while carrying out these projects.

Technology alone does not achieve learning. For this, parental involvement is needed, which is another factor that helps increase student achievement. The majority of the population these days have extremely busy schedules, parents are no exception, they work different hours and cannot always help their children, teenagers or college students. This is where technology can help. Parents can go to a class website and see what their child is working on, they can communicate with teachers via email and websites, and they can even verify their child's attendance and grades through online systems. They can also talk to their children from work by email and instant messaging.

Money is always a problem in education. Today technology can help with the large amount of free learning options available. For example, virtual excursions, online forms, emails instead of printed notes, virtual labs and now virtual reality, e-books and thousands of free online resources can help save money to schools, schools parents and provide students with excellent educational experiences. Teachers can also be trained and can use technology to find resources and attend virtual seminars and professional development conferences from free to paid. They can also create networks where the support of their colleagues enriches each class and most importantly the content.

Today there are more than 15,000 companies and universities that are exploring technologies at each stage of the process, companies such as Google, Apple, Coursera, Edx, Aliat Universadaes among many more, are developing a competitive advantage that will help to develop the learning experinece in a more simple, accessible, impactful and efficient way.

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