Smart Classrooms : Benefits & Drawbacks
With the technology revolutionizing every aspect of our lives, shouldn't it be the case with education ??
Smart Classroom is a contemporary solution to all the problems prevailing in our current education system .Smart classrooms are technologically upgraded classrooms with advanced equipment for the purpose of enhanced learning and teaching. It integrates the modern technology such as computers, specialized software , audience response technology , assisting listening devices ,smart podiums, overhead projectors, networking and audio/ visual capabilities. With all these provisions, smart classrooms are a more interactive and creative way of imparting education to the young minds.However, every system has its own benefits and drawbacks.
Let’s elaborate the benefits and drawbacks for a better understanding
Learning made simple and creative using interactive visuals on the multimedia screens.The visual-based learning has been found more effective than the traditional learning. It helps in reducing the distractions and keep the students occupied in the learning process.
Paperless learning- Smart classrooms employ smart gadgets like computers and laptops for studying and teaching. Using these smart gadgets partially or completely restricts the use of books/notebooks.
The students can have the accessibility to the resources 24*7, provided by the faculty on the internet. This will lead to better understanding among the students. Also, there are numerous resources present on the internet which could be accessed by both the teacher and the students.
With all the material and resources in their hands, the students can learn at their own pace unlike the classroom system where every student is taught at the same speed. This will lead to mental and physical development of the students.
The technology used in smart classrooms improves the communication and engagement of the students and the teachers. In addition to that, with the help of video conferencing the students can interact with the experts such as professors or research workers, and can gain that extra information about their subjects which is beyond their regular textbooks.
In traditional classroom teaching, if anyone is absent for one day, it becomes very difficult for him to gather the notes and gather the information from the classes he missed. While in the smart classes the lectures, the lectures are recorded and can be accessed at any place and any time.
Skilled faculty is required to operate the smart classes. All the teachers cannot use the advanced technology for teaching. Proper training needs to be given to the teachers to use the technology in an effective and productive manner.
The smart classes are expensive. Its installation and operation requires huge chunk of money which cannot be afforded by some schools.
Electronic gadgets are fragile and prone to technical faults. And it may need hours or a day to repair it.