Helping hands are always welcomed in times of difficulty. Especially during these Coronavirus closures, when many of us are working/studying from home. Although we are functioning out of our homes, the cycle of birthdays does not pause. As kids lose the opportunity of enjoying a semester of togetherness, it’s a good opportunity to gift them something they will appreciate in these times.
It’s next to impossible to find a young person without a gadget these days. From smartphones to smart cards to smart wearables, technology has changed lives and it has gone even deeper in the life of a college student. Along with open courseware and online testing, technology advances other important aspects such as connectivity, networking, safety, communication, etc. It’s interesting to witness how the dawn of technologies like mobile applications, MOOCS and AI enhanced education has changed the lives of the average college-goer. Class schedules, syllabi, textbooks, assignments, teaching assistants – everything now has a digital avatar.
As many colleges are gearing up for the next semester to continue from home, perhaps it is time to get older kids some academic gifts. If your child is a tad lost at college with the academic requirements, help them. Frequently kids might hesitate to buy textbooks to keep their debt down which might result in lower grades. Perhaps you could give them an innovative gift which will help them with their academics, and not feel like you are questioning their decisions. With 95% of teens either having one or at least having access to a smartphone, technology in education is here to stay. Clothes, shoes, speakers, and trips as gifts are passé. It might sound pedestrian, but a discerning child will appreciate the academic advantage they get from gifts. Here are three useful gifts for your college going kids:
- Dragon Dictation: If you’re behind schedule on a project and the last thing you want to do is spend time on typing study notes, this is the app you need. Talk to this app and it’ll digitally convert voice to text, which you can paste into others apps. Easy-peasy!
- Bartleby Subscription: Students need help with homework, writing essays, and answers for tough questions. What could be better than a subscription which helps out with all this? Easy to access and with millions of answers, this is the ideal academic help a parent can gift.
- Memrise: Does your child love languages? Wants to spend a sem studying abroad immersed in a new language and culture? Get your kid a paid version and watch your child take wings.
Technology in Education
Not only do students use technology, they also design and write code to solve everyday problems. Mapyst is an app designed by students of Carnegie Mellon University which shows the fastest route between two places on campus. In a 143 acres campus with 60 buildings, this could save a lot of time for innumerable students, not to mention the fact that it’s comforting for new students to know that they are not lost.
Different eras call for different measures, and keeping up with the times is perhaps one of the best measures that can benefit students. iOS, Android, or Windows, no matter which OS a student uses, there is a whole gamut of applications to suit varied needs. In fact the education market has become a jungle and newer pieces of edtech find it hard to be original.
The Internet has captured people’s imaginations by bringing interactive technology to the fore. Combining such technology with educational resources has resulted in productive faculty members, students, and immersive learning in classrooms. Interestingly, it is all the data that is collected from these students that drives the building of newer conveniences, especially suitable for the cost-conscious parent in these years of high student debt.
While on the subject of helpful digitization, there are sites and apps which help like the ones listed above, and then there are other apps which offer immersive learning. Take your time, ask around and then choose one, you think your child would find most useful. It’s time for the parents to give their kids a technological and academic advantage. Go on, surprise the kids.