Technology has impacted almost every aspect of life today, and of course, education is no exception in that. It has affected and impacted the way things are presented and taught in the classroom to the students. It has largely impacted on the materials which are used and the way we use these materials to teach students in the schools.
Technology whereas in classrooms can be so much better than the stereotypical cell phone going off in the middle of class. It can actually be a major tool, both in terms of pedagogical resources as well as in terms of connecting with younger generations. But, do you know how this work?
Impact of technology in education
There is an undefined reason why technology is the key aspect of learning in the schools. Whether we like it or not, the technology is all around us and in order for our students to survive in the post-secondary education and the business role, they must be aware of latest software technology and trends.
The prevalence of technology had drastically affected many areas in society in a positive manner that includes education as well. In today’s modern era students not only have computers to help them with their schoolwork but also internet for research while teachers use technology to enhance their lessons.
There are various effects of the latest technology on education that results in better understanding of the mechanism that students require for their future:
If the school library is outdated or lacking in a selection of titles, the students might find it a daunting task to compile the important research for an essay or research papers. As long as the school has a computer lab, the students can use the computers and the internet as a digital encyclopedia to obtain the research that they need.
This way the technology has played a significant role in student’s day to day life. The whole credit goes to the internet. While students are wary of the legitimacy of some of the content that they read online, there are many schools that use software like encyclopedia Britannica to help students do such researches.
When schools in different parts of the state, country or world connect, then students can meet their counterparts with the help of video conferencing without leaving the classroom. There are some sites such as Glovico, which are used to help the students learn foreign languages online by pairing a group of students with the teacher from another country or state. Many reputed Universities & Institutes like Symbiosis, Sikkim Manipal & IIMs are also offering distance learning courses to their students without making them visit the campus.
Not every school has the resource and budget to send its students on field trips that are related to the study of course. When this is the case in schools, then the student's education suffers a lot. But again thanks to the latest and trending technology, using which students can use the internet to virtually attend web seminars put on by museums and other educational institutions. NASA offers a program which allows students to talk to astronauts in space.
Teachers expose children to computers with the help of educational games. Instead of playing board games which focuses reduction, students can learn the basics of spieling, counting and many other major educational lessons with the help of computer games which makes the learning process a fun and interesting for students. Because there are many schools that have at least one computer in the classroom, therefore, the teacher can make that computer an important part of learning source for the young students.
Educational Games & Videos
Students watch informative videos which explain the concept in a detailed manner & make it easier for the students to learn & understand it. Byju’s is one of most successful examples of using such concept & establishing itself in the market. It is teaching many students across the country with their learning videos & making education fun.
Many students opt for distance education or education classes which are also called correspondence courses, at community colleges and universities which are situated far from their location. After enrolling in course of this style, the students receive the course document in the mail and mail the assignments to their teachers at educational institutions to check their progress. This emailing process can be quite long and complicated, but all thanks to technology, who makes a continuation to our studies and take over the course on intent at their convenience.
As per the 2016 digital educational survey done by Deloitte, which has analyzed over 2,800 responses from demographically diverse teachers, parents, and students, around 42% of the teachers say that at least one digital device is used every day in the classroom. About 75% of teachers believe that digital learning content will replace the printed textbooks within the next 10 years. It has also been stated according to the reports that the student's device preferences in the classroom vary by age as:
• 53% of Grade K-2 prefers tablets, and 15% prefer laptops
• 36% of Grade 3-5 prefers tablets, and 26% prefer laptops
• Grade 6-8 equally prefer tablets (30%) to laptops (29%)
• 27% of Grade 9-12 prefers laptops, and 25% prefer tablets
This survey dove into the way learning occurs inside and outside of the classrooms in many schools. As per the reports, it has also been noticed that 90% of the kids use digital learning materials at home and around 2/3 of kids start using digital learning materials at their home by the age of 5. According to the current stats, 88% of the parents and about 84% of the teachers are interested in having more at home digital content available to supplement what is taught in school.
Technology is an integral part of living in 21st-century referred to the fourth revolution that is accompanied by challenges and opportunities. It also has structural character and therefore has the ability to include and exclude the technological factors. The sheer scope of change underway in communication technology with respect to methodology and modes of education may require to be revised at the organizational level.