Schools are adapting to the rapid changes in technology, and if they’re not adapting, they are quickly realizing that they need to adapt. A generation of students is coming through for education who are used to going to Google before they would use an encyclopedia to find out information they need to know. They download music from iTunes to listen to on their iPods, type notes on laptops instead of writing with a pen in a notebook, and carry cell phones to be in touch with friends and family members 24/7.
To summarize, often, these students carry more data in electronic form on computers and iPods and cell phones than they do in written form on paper and books. So many schools are realizing they need to do more than handing students piles of paper assignment and making them go to the library and sort through shelves of dusty volumes to find the pile of books they need for research. Of course, it is important to teach students how to do traditional research and find quality information. But they must also be proficient in using the technology and techniques that will be available to them when they go into the work world.
Several schools (including grade schools, colleges, and universities) have taken advantage of flash drives to help integrate technology into education. CF Gear sells bulk flash drives that can be customized to the needs of each individual customer. For example, a teacher could place all the assignments for a class on custom flash drives and give those to students. They would be able to load their completed assignments onto the drives and give them back to the teacher to grade.
The teacher could reuse these memory drives from semester to semester, or, if within the school’s budget, give them to students to keep when they are done. They could then use the drives for other purposes, whatever they want. Flash drives are always useful for storing, backing up, and transporting data.
This idea could even be expanded to not just individual classes but entire school programs. A school could give each student a flash drive when he checks in for his semester. He could have access to information that might help him adjust to life in college: maps of the campus, hours of operation for campus buildings, links to important internet/intranet information, tips for class registration, etc.
CF Gear offers either color imprinting or laser engraving, so a school could use either of these techniques to put its logo on the drive. This helps the student feel a sense of identity as part of this school every time he uses this flash drive.
The opportunities are endless for education. If you’re involved in teaching at or administering a school, don’t miss out on the opportunities to integrate technology. Consider bulk flash drives.