Below is an excerpt from the Forbes Technology Council article, “8 Ways Technology Can Improve Education”:

As technology grows, so do the options for gathering and sharing information. Because while finding cat gifs or funny memes on the internet is fun, there are also scholarly dissertations on a variety of subjects, public domain novels and classics, and up-to-date scientific information.

This, in combination with advances in personal computing in both applications and general hardware, means that there are a host of new tools and methods that can be used to improve student learning outcomes. But what ways work? Members from the Forbes Technology Council offer their thoughts.

1. Teach With Open-Source Resources 

The open source movement is a technology in itself. The trend has already started with open-source education options available from high-profile universities and the Khan Academy. The trend should continue with our help. These open-source systems level the playing fields between the rich and the poor. When driven people are able to educate themselves, we all stand to benefit. – Charlie Youakim, Sezzle

2. Tap Into Education Platforms Online 

With the rise of large online educational platforms such as Coursera, Udacity, Khan Academy and others, we see more and more people involved in learning from the best universities in the world. This trend is going to continue, with colleges starting to provide real degrees for finishing online courses (probably with in-person exams). Algorithms also help students learn faster and finish more often. – Andrey Neverov, Trucker Path

3. Invest In Video Games 

Video games are a source of great entertainment and engagement to people from all backgrounds. They can be an outstanding way to motivate people to learn if handled the right way. Most of the currently available options are just not good enough for gamers’ standards, and the main reason for that is the lack of considerable investment. If the game is good, people will play it: It’s that simple. – Nick Chandi, SlickPie

4. Regulate Interactions 

We need to make sure that every kid has easy access to information, but I think one of the most important things is to use technology to regulate itself. Monitoring the when and why of technology can help parents make better decisions about how much, and to what end, children are interacting with simulations. – Timothy Chaves, ZipBooks

To see the rest of the ways technology can improve education, check out the rest of the article here.