Digital Classroom Vs Traditional Classroom. What Is Best?

What exactly is a digital classroom…? Is it the four-walled room, a set of benches? Or a blackboard? None of the above! A passionate student and a compassionate Teacher who provides concrete tools to develop the students\’ independence and intellectuality make up the classroom and are the main purpose of the classroom.

In this fast-paced world, Education and Teaching have developed enormously by improving the abilities and capacities of the students. The ancient and medieval times of India prioritized education and teaching. An educated person was and is still deemed superior to all. Since then, scholars and teachers have dealt with many subjects and were able to share their knowledge with the people. Students were taught maths and sciences with the help of real-life examples.

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Traditional classroom model

Later on, as time passed by, chalk and Board methodology was introduced, making teaching convenient. This method helped in keeping track of the concepts mentioned, and students were able to understand their subject a bit much easier by revising them constantly. Eventually, modernization changed the course of life. With the invasion of technology, Digital classrooms have made their way into education.

Education will be effective when proper aids are used. Every teacher requires aids to make the lessons effective. Maps, charts, models, slides, and projections were the aids traditionally used in schools and teaching institutions. The audiovisual equipment, the radio, and the TV were found to be more effective than others. We still use the traditional chalk and board methodology in the classrooms. The advent of whiteboards and markers were dust – free and colorful and improved interest and concentration in students. There is a lot of difference between teaching traditionally using chalk and board and teaching using digital tools.

SmartBoard and markers, computers, smart pens, digital materials, PDFs, Computers, Tablets are a few tools that come under Digital Learning or e-Learning. On the other hand, chalk, duster, blackboard, maps, charts, figurines, paperbacks, etc., come under the traditional teaching methods. Both of these methods influence the student\’s education in many different ways.  \”Are Chalk and Board Still the Preferred Method for Enhanced Learning?\” is the title of Neha\’s research on digital classrooms vs traditional classrooms. L. Mukkamala and Lata D Parmar found that the students preferred chalk and board methodology over digital classrooms as their years of study increased, though the role of the teachers is crucial in both models.  

To quote, \”A good multimedia computer-based lecture can engage students, prevent distraction and promote a good student experience. However, several students still preferring older methods compared to the multimedia computer-based lectures cannot be ignored. Today the teachers need to remain updated not only in the subject but also in the technology enhancing presentation skills.\”

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E-Learning at home

Digital Classrooms: Connecting through \’CLOUDS\’:

When talking about the classroom, the only image that comes to mind is its physical attributes. But with the rise in population and technology, opportunities in the education sector began to grow, which in turn paved the way to useful and interesting innovations. Digital classrooms are one of those things which took the world by storm.

The pandemic can be considered as one of the main reasons for the widespread usage of technology in recent times. Digital classrooms replace the traditional classroom methodology by providing inputs and tools that enhance a student\’s visualization and auditory senses. Computers that are connected to the internet can be a source of providing learning modules with the help of smart boards and projectors that are installed in the classrooms.

Teachers can teach subjects creatively by including some pictures or through video animations that help in a better and smooth understanding of the subject that the students learn. Teachers can refer to a huge amount of papers and websites and provide accurate results for the queries of the students. The students will know how to make better usage of web surfing and technology and will be able to gather appropriate information through a factual approach.

Virtual classrooms are the new normal. The students and teacher interact with each other in multiple sessions and groups through online classes. They can attend meet calls and work on their projects at their convenience. This enables them to save an ample amount of time and energy. Several educational institutions adopt the new technique of digital classrooms and smart tools that engage the students in interactive activities and encourage them by introducing them to advanced learning methods.

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A child will be able to learn new concepts and subjects with the help of smart learning apps and software such as \’Extramarks.\’ These mainly focus on providing content in a very clear and constructive manner. They contain animations, colorful boards, and text displayed on the smart boards. All the material can be saved in a cloud storage system where the teachers and students can revise, remember, and recover the important topics for their further use. The cloud computing software is in-built in the systems and is secured for better protection from any malware interference that can erase certain data which might be confidential. Students experience the 3D effects and images while learning through videos that give out cinematic vibes.

Chalk and Board Methodology: \’OLD is GOLD\’

As the saying goes, \”OLD IS GOLD,\” the traditional chalk and board methodology is still now considered as one of the most sought out methods in educational institutions. It carries the essence of the actual teaching and learning process where a student can easily grasp the concepts that are explained orally along with written examples on the blackboard with chalk. It increases concentration power and focus among the students.

Indian education system followed the chalk and board methodology, and students used to write on slates in the ancient system. The classes were conducted in open grounds, under trees known as \’gurukuls,\’ where teachers recited and narrated texts and made their pupils practice the methods and read them aloud. Eventually, classes were taught indoors with chalkboards.

This methodology promotes a peaceful learning environment, and children will be able to gain enough inputs on the subjects. Students indulge in group activities and share their works with others. This way, teachers will be able to assess the student\’s works and guide them individually. This method also promotes the usage of paper and pen by improving the students\’ writing skills. Students can write down notes and queries put out by the teachers and revise them at home with the help of their parents\’ guidance.

The information presented by the teachers impacts more on the mental development of a child. As it is a person-to-person interaction, the teacher will be able to teach and share a huge amount of knowledge as the time is feasible. This encourages the students to discuss among their peers and come up with new ideas. They will always have teachers available whenever doubts arise regarding a particular topic.

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A person-to-person interaction.

The usage of chalk and board also depends on the teacher. If the teacher is experienced and knowledgeable, she/ he may use the blackboard vigorously, but if a teacher has a lot of things to share and just want to give a few tips regarding the topic, she/ he might use it as per the requirement and teach the rest of the subject orally.

While teaching on the board, students can also pause the lecture in between and ask questions and clear up then and there. Teachers also can move from one class to another and widely teach accordingly as much as possible. Teachers will also provide enough time for the students to copy the information written on the blackboard, which can be stored permanently. It gives the teachers a chance to assess the student\’s accuracy in noting down and processing information.

THIS (or) THAT

Digital Classroom or Chalk and Board methodology, well. It is a difficult choice to make as both of these methods are unique in their way. However, they share a few similarities and differences. Digital classrooms undoubtedly give a whole new meaning to learning. Chalk and Board methodology never takes away the nostalgic feeling from us. But most of the population still chooses chalk and Board methodology as the primary option. This type of teaching increases self-discipline and attentiveness in the classroom while teaching something. Students will be quick and reflexive when they are faced with challenges.

This technique will build a fear of forgetting about the points to be noted so that the students will be on their toes and work hard to intake most of the information that was displayed on the board for future references. Whereas in online classes, students may have network issues due to which they will not be able to see the details presented by the teacher. This prompts them to study from the documents and files that the teacher shares in an online community, where they will be available to all the classroom students.

Class on chalk and board helps students have a clear vision as they will be physically present in the class, and teachers will clear any confusion immediately. Digital classrooms are also easier to access and technically help the student in collecting more information. If they do not understand what is written or explained by the teacher, they can surf the internet for more information. Also, they can zoom in and zoom out the documents for a better view. Both the methods promote learning with ease and flexibility but do not cater to all the students\’ needs.

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In conclusion, Chalk & Board methodology can be regarded as the best methodology because of the advantages that it carries and the comfort that it offers. When compared to digital classrooms, chalk and board methodology is mostly preferred by students of all ages and classes. It promotes logical thinking and ability, and observational skills. It does not relate to any blackouts or network instability issues, as digital classrooms face such issues a lot.

Few of the students attending online classes have a major issue of obtaining a laptop, computer, or a mobile phone and mainly internet connection. They are given joining links that sometimes do not work, and some do not know how to operate them. While attending the class, the students\’ faces will not be visible, and they are not audible properly and vice versa. These problems can take up most of the allotted time to the class, where the course period might get delayed. The only convenient thing for the students is staying at home and attending classes without switching on their video or audio according to their schedules.

Of course, we live in a modern age where technology is becoming a part of our lives, but the development still takes its own time. Using this type of method also depends on the management of the schools and colleges as they strive to earn a position in the digital market, but the students insist on choosing this type of method as it is a friendly approach to the parents as well students. And that they help in increasing the mental and physical health of the students and decrease hearing disabilities as the teacher dictates whatever she/he is writing on the board.

Hence, we can say that Chalk & Board methodology can bring a lot of personal development in the students by increasing their LRSW (Listening, Reading, Writing, and Speaking) skills and preventing any distractions. This method is opted by the maximum number of people due to its accessibility even to the remote areas where digitalization hasn\’t taken place yet. Chalk and Board methodology is the only type of method that can reach out to the millions of students and children in every nook and corner who wish to study and build a career out of it when education is provided to the rightful person that is when the nation yields fruitful results!

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