Technology For Humanities Studies
Technology helps us explore our past cultures in the most modern way possible. Using modern technology and new social environments we have expanded the flow of learning and created a more immersive learning experience and benefit both the educator and the student. From History and Religion to Philosophy and Art, all the Humanities subjects can use ICT (Information and Communications Technology) to enhance the learning for all.
Technology has the ability to engage students, giving each topic more appeal through visual aids, videos and multi-media. With Interactive whiteboards and computers now the norm, rather than the exception, videos, images and sound can be smoothly woven into each lesson to help explain, engage and brighten each class. Imagine historical maps transformed into interactive stories, or eyewitness account told. The more students are engaged, the more they will learn, and the more motivated they will be to learn more.
With a range of products and applications available such as ActivExpression, or ActivEngage the class can now work as one, where students ask questions and answer them while the lesson continues to flow. Each student using a personal device means they can access information needed for the lesson in their own time and pace, they can produce project work, gather information and self-learn in a true enquiry setting. Students discover more about each topic they encounter—as they go.
Social media, such as Twitter, Facebook, blogs and dedicated learning sites all help teachers and students expand learning outside the four walls of the classroom. They can virtually go to the places they are learning about, and meet people from there, without leaving the classroom or learning space. Teachers and students can find experts online on every subject, anywhere in the world, and ask advice, and extend learning. With modern culture and social media expanding at such a rate there is no limit to where teachers and students can go and what they can learn.
To find out how to put these ideas as well as common classroom activities into practice using ActivInspire by viewing this webinar:
About the author:
Samantha Clewes is the responsible for business development in Republic of Ireland, and previously worked as a teaching and learning consultant for the region. Samantha’s education career includes a background in secondary geography teaching up to and including A Level, working with newly qualified teachers and initial teacher trainees. Before moving to Ireland, Samantha taught at a Secondary school in Newcastle, UK.