Education and technology walk hand in hand and it’s hard to have one without the other. Educating the younger generation and getting them interested in science and engineering, fuels technological advancement and gives it a future. And vice versa. Technology helps schools develop new programs and incorporate cool gadgets into the learning process. We’ll definitely name a few gadgets that can be very helpful for both high schools and junior high.
1. Signal boostersSo we are starting with a rather controversial point. Before we get into it though, let’s see whatdevice we are dealing with here. When do you need a signal booster? Basically in twosituations:1. When your outside signal is very weak. If your mobile reception is 1-2 bars andinterrupted calls and very poor mobile internet is the norm. In this case, you willget a pretty good inside signal with the help of a booster, if all the antennas arepositioned correctly.
2. If the outside signal is ok, but you have problems inside the building in particularareas. In this case, you might need different types of antennas. If you are lookingfor good mobile signal boosters Australia has lots to offer, as well as the UK, US,and many other countries.A signal booster is basically a piece of equipment that will take care of faulty mobile and 4Greception. Do kids need internet in school? We could say no and argue that point of view, butthere are lots of arguments to support that claim as well. The Internet is first and foremost a toolthat will allow them to get any information they need. The role of school here is to teach themhow to get reliable information and basically how to find ‘the diamond in the dust’. How to beresponsible when it comes to social media and how to be ‘cyber-literate’.
2. 3D printersIt’s hard to overestimate the importance of a 3D printer at schools. It will trigger interest in STEMfields, stimulate the student’ imagination, and help them see the results of their hard work. And itdoesn’t have to be some over the top device, a simple, even a cheap 3D printer will do the trickand give your students a motivation to come to class that day. Plus, a lesson involving 3Dprinting can incorporate a few disciplines at once: Math, physics, chemistry, design, visual arts,etc. It’s immensely fun to experiment with this device. It gives the students a chance to see whattechnology can do and to participate in the process.
Another argument in favour of having a 3D printer at school is you can actually print thingsnecessary for the school maintenance. Need new hangers in the classroom? No problem! Newpot for the plants? That can easily be a fun class project. Be creative and you will see the kids’eyes light up too!
3. Tabletop stovesOk, this is a little bit unorthodox for a list like this, as this in no way a new gadget! But havingmandatory cooking classes at school is essential. Let us explain why. Half of the world is facinga health crisis because of obesity levels and related illnesses. Not all the kids have access tohome-cooked meals, not all adults can cook a meal from scratch. Now, naturally, this problemhas to be solved on many different levels, but having knowledge on how to cook a simple andquick meal from basic ingredients is a must for today’s kids, regardless of their gender, so theycan have healthier habits as adults. So many schools dismiss this issue, while the situation isdire as it is.
So let’s teach our kids to take care of their stomachs and have some basic skills.We all know that many parents are busy working 2-3 jobs sometimes and cannot physicallymanage to cook at the end of the day, or furthermore, teach their kids how to do it. So they relyon take-out restaurants and fast food. That’s understandable. But this creates a vicious circle.How to break it? Teach the kids at school of course! This is a skill they can bring to their homesand busy parents can rely on their kids for help around the house. We have to show our childrenthat you don’t need fancy ingredients to make a delicious lunch or dinner. That knowledge andskill will stay with them for long and hopefully get passed on to their kids.4. Lab equipmentAs the schools grow bigger and accept more students, they need more funding. But sadly, that’snot always the case. So before the school decides to purchase a smart-board or a smart table,they should really consider putting the emphasis on lab equipment. Microscopes, necessarychemicals, magnetic stirrers, thermometers, etc. You would be surprised how many schools arestill missing basic science lab equipment. How can you get kids interested in science if you can’teven demonstrate simple reactions properly? But unfortunately the management hardly everconsiders it a priority.
This short list can go on and on, but our goal was to demonstrate how can things changedrastically with the right equipment and teachers with an optimistic and adventurous mindset.Naturally, a few devices are not an answer to the educational crisis, but they are a solid startingpoint for local management to lean on.