Not behind the desk, but at the screen: how games and apps made education fashionable

Not behind the desk, but at the screen: how games and apps made education fashionable

Education 200 years ago and now

The 1883 painting of Vladimir Makovsky in a rural school depicts children with textbooks and notebooks, a teacher by the board. In the general atmosphere, it feels that everyone is talking about something, there's noise in the office, and in the 14th century, Laurentius de Voltolina, students behind desks, the teacher tells something from behind the department, and at first sight nothing has changed.

The training is now being formally conducted in the same way: a teacher at the rostrum, students with tablets or laptops are taking stock of the material, and there is a lot of discussion about the issues, which means that the basis has not changed, but the scope and possibilities have expanded considerably.

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Even a generation ago, students wrote papers and coursebooks by hand, and they looked in books, and now all these databases are stored in a cloud, technology allows us to search for the necessary data according to the key words. The search for any information has become much easier.

Moreover, in schools and universities, a pandemic has contributed to the increasing number of services and facilities available for distance learning.


Technology is a powerful tool that not only changes the learning process itself, but also the roles of a teacher and a student. If a teacher was previously a wise person who provides information, his role is now being replaced, he becomes a guide, and students take more responsibility for learning by using technology to gather information.

New services make knowledge transfer more creative, games-- applications that aren't afraid to adjust to the fact that the concentration of students has changed a long time ago. Now that students are distracted, they're attracted to them. Mobile applications sometimes take the form of funny games that allow students to remember fresh thinking from a different perspective. That's why the popularity of Khan Academy, Quizlet and Google Classroom is related.

It's easier to learn, but it's also more difficult. Because of the diversity of directions, it's harder for students to decide how to choose a path. To make it easier, there are special services. For example, the Roud application helps students with career choices, gives them a chance to try different hobbys and professions, and companies can talk more about the opportunities they offer to their employees and start working with future employees as young as possible.

The field of education has been changing rapidly in recent years and is drawing on the adjacent fields of guidance and supplementary education. Some are scary, but the only way to adapt to this reality is for a teacher to use new technologies, including self-education, while experts prepare us for even more futuristic scenarios — VR, AR, and even the knowledge that goes directly into the brain.