The dental classroom of 2015

January 6th, 2015

In the near future, tablet computers and cloud technology will become mainstays of the classroom, Campus Technology predicted. In a recent interview with Kyle Bowen, Penn State University's director of education technology services, the technology expert suggested that new technology can help students feel more engaged.

"Some of the newer technologies, or even technologies that have been around for a while, are beginning to mainstream in ways that are helping us extend learning beyond the class," Bowen said. "We are starting to see a generation of tools, practices, and spaces to support this, and that's where our opportunity is. At our institutions, we can provide an environment to help our students build businesses, uphold causes, engage in undergraduate research… These are just a few examples of areas of learning – beyond the classroom – that can be supported through the use of technology."

There are many ways that dental academic software can help students.

Bringing dental academic software to the classroom
By having technology that allows for better interactions between professors and learners, as well as tools for working at clinics sponsored by the school but run by the students, dental software can make major positive changes in any educational environment. The so-called flipped classroom can be a major new way for students to learn. They can do the studying, lecturing and reading work at home, and the hard, challenging business of actual class assignments inside the room with the professor. Students will learn better this way because they are not only getting access to a professor, but they are doing their homework without study aids that make the job easier. They are working hard and can't just "look up the answer," the way some students would be tempted to do if the homework had been given through the old-fashioned method.

Dental software can help students with learning disabilities
A separate article by Campus Technology cited the importance of having tools that can assist those with learning disabilities. Many people with ADHD have a problem paying attention to written work. When this same material is given to a student in a lecture format on a computer screen, then the student can pay closer attention and learn faster. This is about studying smarter – not harder. Those with learning disabilities have the same right to study dentistry and oral hygiene as anyone, but they need help to do it. Having access to the professor through the cloud, along with other learning aids that dental software can provide, will help such a student master his or her material much faster than left to his or her own devices.

The transition from one level of learning to another can be a major step – from high school to college is one degree higher, but another degree is college to graduate school. Students who need help deserve to get it, and they can get help by having assistive technologies provided by the college.

According to Campus Technology only 19 percent of students who need help actually get it. When students learn that a college provides software that makes it easier for students with disabilities to learn, they will come in droves, and it's entirely possible that admissions will rise as a result.

Technology also benefits non-disabled students
Even students without disabilities can benefit from the tools found in dental software. This again points to the increasing availability of tablet computers and other learning machines to be found in the classroom. The Frederick News-Post reported recently on Hood College in Frederick, Maryland, which offers its freshmen iPads to help them learn. Whatever technology a school offers will make it stand out, and one great way of letting students learn better and more easily through technology is by offering dental academic software.

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