Teaching has completely become a different ball game with the adoption of modern tools of education technology that have been incorporated in classrooms all over the world. There are quite a few positive changes that have come into effect but even though technology has been seeping slowly into the world of education, there are people who are still in the dark about the advantages of technology in teaching. Let’s have a look at some of the ways technology can impact teaching and how it can connect students from all over the world to a global classroom.
Students’ performance tracking: Thanks to the modern tools available to us, due to which teachers no longer need to record the students’ performance manually. Personalized software, that is capable to maintain large amounts of data, is available to the educational institutions, The marks and track records of the students are put into the software making it very easy to track any kind of individual achievements.
Easier teaching methods: We all know that audio visual aids tend to make teaching more effective and technology allows us to go beyond just theory. Making concepts clear is now possible through audio visual mediums and you can use tools like computerized presentations, videos and projectors to teach any lesson with a higher level of effectiveness. It helps students comprehend complex information quite easily by breaking it down into simple pieces of audio visual information.
Technology makes learning more enjoyable: These modern methods of teaching also have a very high level of appeal to students, with most young minds spending a ton of time on social media websites and the internet in general, it is easy to use educational technology to appeal to the student base. Technology makes learning a lot more enjoyable due to the high levels of interaction during online presentations and teachers can even use social media websites to create groups and interact with the class 24×7. Students tend to love using advance technology and these modern tools are very effective in keeping them engrossed.
Distance learning becomes possible: Distance learning has become a lot more accessible with modern technology allowing long distance connectivity. There are many distance learning services that have come up on the internet that deliver lectures through videos and the examinations are taken online allowing students to learn everything from basic Computer Science to Advanced Physics right from home. Students, who live in remote areas without having access to proper schooling, just need the time and motivation to learn anything at all through distance learning. A simple internet connection and an internet enabled communication device are all it takes for anyone to learn what they want right from home.
Quick information access: Students and teachers are able to access information at any point of time and gone are the days when they would have to spend hours in the library and look at newspapers. Information is accessible with a simple web search. Top tier universities like Harvard and Texas Tech have put up countless journals and other educational guides for students all over the world. From basic arithmetic concepts to advanced coding, any kind of information you need is available online and the internet serves as an endless pool of information that is growing every second. Apart from text based information, there are video lectures that have been put up by some of the biggest universities in the world to help students learn. Platforms like edX and Coursera offer free courses to people in collaboration with institutes like Harvard, IIT Bombay, MIT and Berkeley.
Effective collaboration: Group projects are very easy to take care of with so many online tools available. Students do not need to physically meet up with each other and they can work on projects right from home without any difficulties. There are plenty of apps that can keep groups of people connected and file sharing services allow students to send each other anything in a matter of seconds. Communication is very easy and is no longer limited by geographical boundaries. There are many educational institutions that have their own communication platforms for students through their own email services. Video conferencing is also another effective tool that teachers all over the world are using to connect to their students any time they want through VoIP services. Many websites and apps are available on the internet, which are specifically designed to connect the teachers and students. Internet based communication also allows students to reach out to their teachers and get queries resolved at any point of time.
Education technology saves the environment: Adoption of technology not only benefits students and teachers, but it also reduces the number of trees that are cut down each year for the production of paper. Digital textbooks are being adopted all over the world and teachers all over the world are opting for online examinations and notes making paper-free classrooms a reality. Teachers can also choose to encourage eReaders for going through literature and journals. All notes can be stored in file storage services and students can access them whenever they want or simply keep them stored in their computers or tablets for anytime access.
These are just some of the top advantages of using technology in education and with the internet being available even in the most remote areas, education for all has become a reality. According to the Government data of the USA, Public schools in the United States now provide at least one computer for every five students and they also have a yearly expenditure of $3 billion on digital content for students. Countries all around the world are trying to make affordable internet available to all citizens to allow online education to take over the world. In the United States, 60 percent of students are using portable devices for conducting research, 43 percent for educational games and 40 percent for connecting to other students and coordinating projects. A third of the total student population uses mobile devices for reminders and alerts for their academic schedules, 24 percent for taking photos of their assignments, and 18 percent for conducting pools for projects and assignments.
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