In today’s world technology plays an important role in the learning process. We are dependent on computers to gather information for anything.
We have been using technology so much these days in each and every domain of our lives, be it education or the regular household work, that have we ever taken out a second to wonder if it’s leaving a positive impact on our work or it’s just that we have been relying so much on it, that we’ve become habitual to it, ignoring the direction of its impact?
Say for instance, is technology causing education to improve over time or have we just been catching up with the trend of educational technology?
Firstly, I would make this point very clear that technology is not the solution to 21st century education, technology is simply a tool to aid education and learning, Technology should be used as an aid to education.
Some of the ways in which technology improves education over time:
- Teachers can collaborate to share their ideas and resources online: They can communicate with others across the world in an instant, meet the shortcomings of their work, refine it and provide their students with the best. This approach definitely enhances the practice of teaching.
- Students can develop valuable research skills at a young age:Technology gives students immediate access to an abundance of quality information which leads to learning at much quicker rates than before.
- Students and teachers have access to an expanse of material:There are plenty of resourceful, credible websites available on the Internet that both teachers and students can utilize. The Internet also provides a variety of knowledge and doesn’t limit students to one person’s opinion.
- Online learning is now an equally credible option: Face-to-face interaction is huge, especially in the younger years, but some students work better when they can go at their own pace. Online education is now accredited and has changed the way we view education.
There are innumerous instances till date where we can see the improvement in education, once it embraced technology. I will state a few remarkable ones to provide you with a more realistic picture of the whole scenario. Here’s the list along with the references to the originals:
- The Flipped Classroom: This popular technological approach has gotten to everybody’s ears by now. It is a practice in which, students watch lecture videos as homework and discussion is carried on them in the class-time by the teachers. It has resulted in a remarkably better student performance, with noticeable grade boost-up. Students can now learn at their own pace and save class-time for interaction.
- Educational Technology improves student learning outcomes:Evidence suggests that educational technologies can improve student achievement, so long as such tools are integrated thoughtfully into teaching and learning.
- The effect of technology on education depends on the design of instruction: Educators and educational researchers should be encouraged to focus on determining how to better integrate the use of a given technology to facilitate learning, rather than asking if it works or if one is more effective than another. Over the past years, a number of studies have shown benefits from the use of technology in education.
I encourage you to think about more ways of how technology has improved education and how it can positively impact the near future.
This sums up everything.
The Future Starts Now – 2012 edition
The Norwegian Centre for ICT in Education (www.iktsenteret.no).
The purpose of the Norwegian Centre for ICT in Education is to contribute to the realization and the development of ICT policy. It shall further cooperate with relevant public and private institutions. The centre will also participate in international cooperation.
Pre- Primary Facilitator, International Centre for Excellence