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.