Using technology to teach independent study habits

November 27th, 2014


Teaching students means going to where they are mentally and then bringing them to a place where they can learn effectively without help from anyone. This is the goal of anyone whose mission it is to teach a science that is constantly evolving and introduce young people to a practice that is always in a state of flux. In other words, the ambition of the dental professor is to teach students how to teach themselves. The best way of doing so is with dental school software that lets people do research. Research is really the crux of education. When a student can pick a topic and find out as how as he or she needs in order to master it, then that person will be ready to become a licensed dentist or oral hygiene professional.

Online research skills are crucial in today's world
Research through traditional means, such as books, will never be as up to date as current internet website information. That being said, much of the data that is online is false – made by advertisers or people with an axe to grind. In other words, students need to learn to discern real information from the fake kind. According to Education Week, this is being taught as early as elementary school, but the fact is that it's a lifelong lesson that becomes even more important as students reach higher levels of discourse. For example, will a peer-reviewed study that demonstrates the effectiveness of a certain drug at treating pain for people who can't take Novocain change someone's opinion immediately? Or, will they look for another study of a different drug? How much time will they take? Think of how people in other scientific fields spent years arguing different positions, and how things we take for granted as being absolutely obvious, such as appropriate radiation levels, were matters of enormous debate – matters in which even top level schools like Harvard were completely wrong?

Students have to learn to look at the data and think for themselves. They can do this with dental academic software because it filters out much of the noise. The information found through the product has been checked and vetted. It's good enough for a first look. But it doesn't do the teaching for the student. The student must first learn from the professor and then begin to form his or her own opinion. Self-study and making judgment calls on controversy will be something that dental practitioners follow through on for the entirety of their careers.

Cloud based approaches are becoming the norm
Everything is changing so quickly in the educational world that phrases like "new normal" have had to been invented in order to express the rapidity with which fringe technologies suddenly became absolutely commonplace to the extent that not having them at a college actually hinders education and harms students. Matters that become the new normal are crucial to watch for. One such technology is cloud computing, according to Campus Technology. Having been a major part of the workplace for years, it has entered the college world very quickly, and students now fully expect to access everything online, from grades to books to course materials. They expect this not only from computer workstations but from their phones and tablet computers as well.

Schools must also reasonably expect that dental and oral hygiene academic software is becoming the commonplace. Students expect to have materials whenever and wherever they study, whether the library or at home – during formal study time or on their breaks from school. This is a good thing because students can have the resources they need immediately. Not having this valuable tool will likely make a college seem very old fashioned, since students are now enmeshed with technology so much they expect to have access to it everywhere.

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