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Some of the main advantages in using new technologies, based on the important amount of computing power and storage available today, in education, teaching and learning are:
Learners use devices that they will most probably have to use in their future jobs.
LSM (learning management systems) such as Moodle, Edmodo, Blackboard, etc. may be used to organize courses including homework, assignments, grading, educational records, etc. in order to supplement and/or augment on-campus courses. Many colleges and Universities use LSM to organize and deliver complete online courses.
Distance learning using new technologies has become efficient, at low cost and even free.
The collective work of many people can be put together in a single document and edited at any time. Wiki websites such as Wikipedia are examples of popular places where people can write and edit contents about subjects that they know best. This can be improved upon by other persons knowing perhaps more on the subject.
Highly interactive teaching material can be easily and efficiently developed. iBooks for iPads, Macs and iPhones are examples of interactive books to be used inside and outside the classroom. Videos, interactive widgets, high quality pictures can be embedded into iBooks related to subject areas such as mathematics, arts, science, etc.
Independent learning is a reality, as learners can find organized courses and resources online and can therefore learn on their own.
Group work can easily be accomplished because of the means of communications offered by the new and emerging technologies.
Students centered learning easily achieved with help of new technologies.
Easy and fast updates of learning electronic resources.
Computing devices such as laptop and tablets with internet connections are very efficient in finding learning material and facts using search engines in the internet.
Mobile learning devices such as laptops, tablets and smart phones have added a new dimension to the learning environments. Today, people learn while commuting (by bus, train, etc.), in parks, in waiting rooms, etc.
Both summative (to evaluate students learning) and formative (to monitor students learning) assessments can easily and efficiently be implemented using devices such as iPads and apps such as Nearpod.
New technologies offer different types of leaning styles because of the format of learning material: written material, audio, video, interactive widgets and applets, web applications, etc.
Interactivity and simulation in subjects such as mathematics, physics, chemistry, engineering, etc. offer new learning styles where students learn by interacting with educational objects such as applets, widgets, etc. (Example GeoGebra and Geometer's Sketchpad in mathematics, Algodoo in physics)
Videos and audio resources offer other possibilities of learning facts and skills by observing experiments on videos for example.
Cloud computing technology offer more flexibility in access, storage and applications usage.
Through diagnostic tests, technology determines efficiently and precisely what students know and what he/she needs to know in order to accomplish defined learning objectives.
Use of smart boards in classrooms offer more interactivity in the classroom.