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Education,  Parenting

What Kind Of Teaching Tools Are Used Around The World?

In terms of teaching budgets, Denmark, Iceland, Norway, Sweden and New Zealand spend the most money on schooling, while the UK comes in at 17th place. Undoubtedly, third world countries are the most disadvantaged when it comes to teaching, with many of the tools that we take for granted in developed countries being non-existent there.

Teachers have a number of tools in their educational arsenals. These teaching tools can help them to get information across to students, so it stays in their memory for years to come.

Here are just a few of the teaching tools used around the world:

Visual Stimuli

It’s a proven fact that using visual stimuli can:

  • Improve students’ reading comprehension.
  • Help students to develop better learning and thinking skills.
  • Make it easier for students to retain information and then recall it at a later date.
  • Give students a clear representation of their achievements.

Research by Thomas Rohlen and Gerald LeTendre shows that, in Japan, teachers use visual representations to make learning subjects such as mathematics easier for students:

The teacher shows the class two identical beakers; one is half full and the other is a third full of juice. She asks the children how much juice she would have if she poured the juice from the two beakers into a single beaker.

The Internet

It might seem like an everyday part of our lives, but in some areas of the world the internet isn’t nearly as helpful as it is here. Many countries censor the internet (such as China, Iran and Russia) and so certain resources aren’t available. Even obtaining an internet connection in countries such as Ghana, Kenya and South Africa can be very difficult.

Internet World Stats has some excellent statistics on the numbers of people using the internet worldwide.

The area with the smallest number of internet users in relation to its population is the Middle East. There are almost 224 million people living in the Middle East based on 2012 statistics, but just over 90 million people have internet access.

Some of the benefits of using the internet in the classroom include:

  • Additional resources
  • Connection with students
  • Ability to provide distance learning
  • Faster access to information

Classroom Technology

The term ‘classroom technology’ encompasses a great many items, including:

  • Interactive whiteboards
  • Desktop computers
  • Tablet computers
  • Projectors
  • Digital teaching games

It’s been shown that using technology in the classroom can achieve a 10% increase in students’ grades. This is because the many devices used can:

  • Use every aspect of the Fleming VAK/VARK model. This teaching model uses visual,
    tactile, read/write, auditory and multimodal learning.
  • Enable classroom participation.
  • Encourage special needs children to work together.

The use of teaching tools within the classroom can help to increase the effectiveness of a learning environment, making it easier for children to take in information.

This article was provided by LordWandsworth, an independent school based in Hampshire, UK.

17 Comments

  • Jennifer Mae Hiles

    What a huge resource the internet it. I guess huge is an understatement. It can also be very misleading if you don’t know what you are doing. I am actually glad that I was learned how to research/learn from books, etc. since the internet was only becoming an available and an affordable tool when I was in Junior/Senior high school. Sometimes it hard to determine what is a reliable source online.

  • Karen Hand

    Everyone is different, therefore, everyone learns differently. What works for one student does not necessarily work for another. All of these tools are excellent if used in combination with one another. I fear, however, that the internet, although it is an excellent learning tool, has become one of the more popular modes for learning, when it should be used in conjunction with other tools.

  • Dorothy Boucher

    the internet can be very useful in a class, with so many options for the teacher and student to learn from.. but i still think the most important tool is of the teacher..

  • Noeme D.

    It is very hard to tell which one teaching tool is more effective than the other. But I believe that all of them comes in handy one time or another. It is in the way in which these tools are used to teach the students..

  • Jane Ritz

    The US does need more resources.I am a former teachers. While districts may not have the money, teachers should reach out to places like Donor’s Choose.Materials are available. You just have to find them and in most cases learn how to use them on your own. Our school can and should be improved. It takes effort!!

  • Mare Mitchell

    These kinds of resources are very good indeed. But the thing is they require finances. The US seems more interested in their trillion dollar debt than their children’s futures. Sad but true!

  • Gizette Cao

    Children nowadays are really different. They have very short attention span. I think it’s more challenging for teachers now than in the past.

  • Alison King

    It’s such a shame that the poorest countries, that could arguably benefit the most from great educational resources, so rarely have them to use. Of course all kids benefit from these, but it just seems so unfair that kids can’t have all the same advantages, even within our country.

  • Edna

    Nice post. But with what technology offers nowadays fears me. As a first time mom, I believe that there is a lot in store for my son but I fear as to how this can affect him as a person. I still believe in the power of human interaction. And this is a challenge for me as to what type of teaching tools will best fit my son into the person I want him to become.

  • Mikki Cross

    It is sad that with all the money supposedly earmarked for education resources in the US are used in the most unproductive way in many of our public schools. Test scores are supposed to be given at the beginning of the year as an assessment tool so that the teacher can recognize deficiencies and address them throughout the year. Instead they are given around April and used as a grading tool. Therefore, many many teachers spend the whole year “teaching to the test”. Not fair to students or teachers.

  • Sarah L

    I think you need to use all of the senses when you are teaching. What helps one student ‘see’ can just be confusing for another. Grow a garden.

  • Oralia Santiago

    I believe that with so much technology it has become very difficult for teachers to teach students, since most students are always texting or on their laptop, even though teachers don’t allow texting students still do it. There should be a limit on how much technology can be brought inside the classroom.

  • Eliza

    Who wouldn’t be interested in learning if the learning process is fun and interesting? Parents and teachers should work together to provide great learning environment both at home and in school,

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