Thanks to technology, so many aspects of our daily lives are now much easier. We can use technology to keep ourselves entertained, help with our shopping, find our way around strange countries, keep ourselves organized and so many other things. Technology has also helped how we gain new skills, knowledge and educate ourselves. Education systems around the world and the way that we learn has gone through some significant changes, making it much easier and enhancing both learning and the teaching methods. Let’s look at some of the ways technology has made a difference.
Not so very long ago, if you wanted to learn anything new, gain a new skill or study for a qualification, it would mean time spent sitting in a classroom. Thanks to technology and the internet you can now learn about any subject and improve your qualifications from the comfort of your own home. It’s possible to learn how to play the guitar, speak Spanish, write a novel or study for a degree with an online MBA program wherever you might be, as long as you’ve got a secure and reliable internet connection. Being able to study online means you can do it at your own pace and still be able to connect with teachers and other students around the world. Fees are also generally very reasonable, especially when you take into account the lack of traveling expenses.
Access to a Wealth of Information
The internet has opened up a huge library of information to everyone. It’s possible to access text, media, and a range of other digital assets with just a few clicks. It can be used to supplement your learning program, help with your online classes, provide the opportunity to learn a different subject, practice problem solving, strengthen concepts and for research.
An essential part of the learning process is being able to communicate effectively with teachers and other students. Technology makes it possible with a range of different tools. One example is online collaboration tools which allow teachers to assign projects in real-time and students to ask any questions they need to. Peers are also able to interact with each other too.
Digital Models and Simulations
Learning that takes place in a traditional classroom can make explaining a concept very difficult. Modern technology in the form of simulations and digital models allow a teacher to explain things better and help students understand. Teachers can take advantage of technology when it comes to planning lessons because they can prepare more strategically. This might mean including different types of text, activity models and interactive controls for students.
A good way to keep students motivated is to make learning a fun experience; one way this is possible is with gamification. It’s a way of building gaming mechanics into the learning process by rewarding them for undertaking learning, scoring high on quizzes and completing assignments. Learners can collect points and badges and climb up the learning ladder. This particular method works well for the modern generation because gaming is a popular pastime.
Laptops, tablets, and smartphones
Books are being replaced with digital files; paper notes are being replaced with e-notes and teachers are using technology to organize lecture contents, course schedules, and presentations. There is a wide range of web and mobile applications that are designed to make learning easy and the only way to access them is with a laptop, smartphone or tablet.
Webinars, Podcasts and Video Streaming
Video streaming is being used more and more by teachers and educationists who want to share their ideas and knowledge with students. With the help of video and social platforms such as YouTube, teachers can share information with their students around the world. Webinars are also being used to replace the traditional classroom seminar. Podcasts are also being used to disseminate information around the world. A podcast is a digital file that can be downloaded by the user.
Able to Learn at Your Own Pace
This is a very big advantage for many students, particularly those who are struggling to keep up. Say, for example, you’re having difficulties understanding a particular concept. After all, not everyone can sail through their studies, adapting quickly and absorbing ideas. Thanks to technology you don’t have to worry about being left behind or feeling too embarrassed to ask a question. The online curriculum and lessons can be exclusively designed for individual students.
Tools for Teachers
A range of different online tools are now available, and they are making teachers lives much easier too. Online course management tools, for example, help to organize resources and class contents. Teachers can post class materials and course syllabus for all students to access. Grades can be recorded, announcements shared, and various topics discussed with students. This type of tool can also be used by students for posting assignments and accessing material. Lecture capturing tools allow instructors, lecturers, and teachers to record their lectures and make them available through the web. It’s even possible for lectures to be presented using live-streaming technology. If a student is unable to get to a lecture, they don’t have to worry because it can be reviewed or accessed from their home.
Teachers are now able to track the progress of students in an efficient manner because there is software available that allows them to give or receive assessments in real-time. Keeping records is much easier and more effective. Teachers can record how many learning assignments have been given and how long it took for a student to solve a problem. Armed with this information a teacher can assess the effectiveness of their lessons and see which students need additional help.
As you can see, technology has benefited both students and teachers alike. It has also made learning or teaching accessible for all, regardless of geographical location. Teachers can develop more effective teaching strategies and make learning fun for everyone. Technology is most definitely here to stay, and more developments and advancements are bound to be in the pipeline.