There is a popular saying by Confucius “I hear, and I forget. I see and I remember. I do and I understand.”
An important aspect to ponder over is the significance of observational learning. Visuals are an important part to learn as much as practice and self-study are. In this aspect, two years ago when the pandemic hit us leaving everyone unprepared for the future, it was technology that came to the rescue for various sectors, most importantly for the education sector.
Technology has been the biggest enabler for students and has ensured that learning does not stop even though schools and colleges all around the world were closed due to the pandemic.
Different strategies have emerged in an attempt to continue to educate and support education, including online learning and various hybrid configurations. What is interesting to know is what goes at the backend of actually making it possible for these virtual classrooms to seamlessly exist for students.
Role of visual aid in education
The growth in virtual learning can be accredited to the implementation of smart devices paired with quality-driven imaging equipment for delivering content.
They have both contributed to flexible and mobile learning allowing students and teachers to access all educational material and administration work without ensuring physical presence.
There is no doubt about visual aid being highly beneficial for students of any age to learn. No wonder, self-learning videos on YouTube had been popular even before the pandemic.
I remember that as a child, visual stimulus and learning would stay with me much longer in comparison to learning paired without any appealing visual representation.
In a world now full of virtual lectures, it is hard for teachers to keep the attention of children intact but advancements in technology and recording have helped teachers to create appealing content and present lectures as if they were in a physical classroom.
Democratization of education facilitated by emerging new imaging technology
Several technology brands have facilitated this democratization of education by providing students access to high-quality learning, improving learning outcomes, and thereby contributing to a vibrant knowledge economy.
The state-of-the-art technology that goes behind camera equipment has helped with the most important aspect: recording lectures that are almost like a real classroom lecture.
Exceptional quality guaranteed:
Most of the work is done for a teacher or school even before they start a lecture if the right video gear has been chosen. These video recording cameras not only boast exceptional video quality but also come with user-friendly features.
The latter is key when it comes to teachers who may not be as well-equipped with technology as children. For instance, battery life is a key consideration.
Cameras now come with ever-lasting battery lives :
Teachers can record a long lecture without worrying that the video recorder will die in the middle of the lesson.
Limitless creativity for students:
Teachers and students do not have to worry about having the perfect lighting either. This too is taken care of by their camera equipment. One can get a crystal-clear picture in even dim light! With night-vision settings, creativities are limitless, and a student can enjoy a fun science experiment that requires darkness.
Storage too is a determining factor:
Modern recorders have a ton of built-in storage, so one can easily record multiple long lectures without worrying about running out of space. This makes it a great option for educators who are planning on recording throughout the school year
All in all, it is the versatility of professional cameras that has empowered educators to record lectures that involve multiple formats including demonstrations and discussions.
The beauty is that ever since technology has blended with education, it has made it possible to spread education to even the remotest parts of the country.
Hence, the digitization of education is a welcoming change even though the circumstances were grim when the public had just started to acknowledge this development in the Education system.
With huge investment around online education, it opens massive opportunities for industry players to bring forth their capabilities. I believe it’s just the beginning of this journey and with the right innovative products and solutions, we will continue learning by seeing and by doing.
Innovative effects paired with the right knowledge and recording equipment have helped the industry create fun, engaging presentations and made us believe that even when movement is restricted, there will never be any restrictions to learning!
Article by Manabu Yamazaki, President and CEO, Canon India.