10 ways How Technology has changed the Face Of Education
Living in the 21st century, can you escape the purview of technology? Technology has invested our lives in a million different ways. We are dependent upon it to fulfill every single insignificant need of ours. Can we think of our lives without technology? Can we recall a single day where we haven’t used technology in some form or the other? If technology has permeated each and every aspect of our life, why should we leave education out of it? In this rapidly changing world, education too cannot escape the impact of technology. The presence of internet itself has revolutionized the process through we access and disseminate information. From laptops, educational apps to online courses, technology has changed the face of education today. Looking back at this change, here’s a list of ten ways through which technology has affected education.
- Creating A Global Platform
No longer confined to a single platform, education aided by technology has crossed borders and continents. Several institutions are now offering online courses that can be accessed by students across the globe. Video conferences and applications like Skype have created a global platform of teachers and students who can share knowledge in an easy and convenient manner.
2. Efficient Assessment
More and more institutions have now digitalized their assessment process. Students now take online tests that allow them to immediately assess their knowledge base. E-assessments are flexible and impartial. A student can take an online test, based on his or her availability. This has specially helped students who pursue distance or correspondence courses. Removing the human element, e-assessments are impartial and more reliable than traditional tests.
3. Improved Student-Teacher Interaction
More and more teachers are now using technological aids to keep in touch with their students. Teachers remain in constant touch with their students through e-mails and services like dropbox that allows you to upload and share content with a large number of people.
4. Instant Access to Information
Information is now in the palm of our hand. No longer confined to textbooks, anyone can now have access to a gamut of information within seconds.
Online libraries and e-books are now in vogue. We can take the Google Library Project as an example. Google has been working with publishers and libraries to create a unique online library that is comprehensive, versatile and virtual. Features like Google Books, provide snippets of a large number of books, thus bringing together new books and publishers to the readers. Thanks to the Internet, publishers and readers can now discover each other with the help of a click!
6. Video Games
Simulating real life problems, video games can bring about behavioral changes in the students by making them more goal-oriented. Gaming models not only provide a wide range of information but also initiate students to be problem-solvers. While solving hypothetical problems, students are allowed to orchestrate their skills while simultaneously garnering information. While the ill-effects of an obsessive indulgence in video games have been addressed countless times, one cannot refute the fact that video games, when played under proper guidance can indeed be a great source of ‘edutainment’.
7. Use of Multimedia
Technology and media have positively impacted the field of education. Use of animation, videos, multimedia aids has transformed traditional learning methods by making it more engaging, fun and entertaining.
8. Educational Mobile Applications
M-learning or mobile learning is the newest avatar of modern education. A large number of mobile applications have already become popular means of education because of their innovative take on traditional learning methods.
9. Addressing Students’ Diversity
An assortment of various educational tools, audio/visual stimulus and animations, e-learning modules appeal to students with different learning styles. Some students do not respond to classroom learning which has often been termed as ‘boring’ and ‘unimaginative’. Such students are effectively lured into studying through digital aids which provide a perfect blend of fun and learning.
10. Students with Special Needs
It has been observed that students with special needs do not respond to traditional classroom environment. Keeping them in mind, a number of mobile applications have come up in the market that seek to initiate such students into the mainstream by facilitating and enabling them with digital educational aids. Computer technology and e-learning activities have greatly helped in bridging the gap between differently-abled students and the regular ones by making education more accessible.
Aruna is a Product Manager at Chifro Studio, a leading educational mobile apps & game development company.
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