How Technology Has Changed Education
Technologies nowadays are the key driver of the economic growth of countries, regions, and cities. Technological progress is really impressive. It has more efficient production and better goods and services, which is what prosperity depends on. However, in many ways technology has profoundly changed education. Back in medieval times, books were rare and only an elite few had access to educational opportunities. They had to travel to learn and get an education. But now all information in books even audio, images and videos are available through the internet. A lot of opportunities for formal learning can be found online. It's less hassle and way easier for us. Technology that is used in the classroom has been very beneficial to the teaching process. For example, with the invention of printing machines, one of the most obvious benefits of the printing machine is the ability to print large quantities of papers used in schools like textbooks, test questionnaires, and many more.
Opportunities for collaboration have also been expanded by the technology before, more like traditional classrooms have been relatively isolated and collaboration has been limited to other students in the same classroom or building. Today because of technology it enables forms of communication and collaboration. For example, if a student is interested in learning anything about the Arctic they can learn it online by following the expedition of a scientist team in the region, reading their blog post, viewing photos, e-mail questions to the scientist. They can also talk live with a scientist via a video conference and share what they are learning with other students worldwide who are tracking the same expedition. In that case, the walls of the classroom are no longer a barrier. As technologies have it's on way to enable new ways of learning, communicating, and working collaboratively.
Teachers' roles have begun to shift as a result of technological advancements, and learners' roles have shifted as well. When it comes to the current situation, technology is quite beneficial. Technology was the answer to all of the kids', instructors,' and others' problems. Despite the pandemic, technologies remain the center of learning. This pandemic created online classes, pupils learn through such "technology," they learn and study by using "that" technology, work has become much easier as a result, even though we are still having challenges. From what I have noticed during our online class technology brings students and instructors to be more creative, teachers give projects to students by making videos, pictures as well as giving documentaries. In that way, students and learners would be able to show their talents by editing how they handle creativeness in making that kind of stuff. Technologies help us gain more knowledge Easily. Many technology enthusiasts believe that changes in the education system can only go forward due to incredible growth in the number of inventions that are continuously changing the description of existing professions. In this regard, many believe that abandoning traditional classroom education altogether is almost certain shortly, noting that traditional education will not be able to adequately prepare students for the new challenges and demands of the real world. However, skeptics often argue that we should be careful with the immediate implementation of modern technologies in the classroom, primarily because of the potential consequences, such as widening of an existing social gap, an increased number of individuals who suffer from mental illness, and the regression of children’s cognitive and academic development that may prove irreversible.
Taking into accounts the argument of both sides, we will present a list of advantages and disadvantages of technology in education below, and explain how it impacts today’s students. It creates a more engaging environment. You may think technology is just a distraction, but it can help encourage active participation in your classroom. Incorporates different Learning Styles. Each student in a classroom is different, and it can be challenging to adjust your learning plan to fit every student. Fortunately, technology in education can help you modify your lessons. You might believe that technology is merely a distraction, but it can help you foster active engagement in your classroom. Different Learning Styles are taken into account. Each student in the classroom is unique, and tailoring your lesson plan to meet each one might be difficult. Fortunately, educational technology can assist you in making changes to your lessons. Provides access to an infinite amount of current information and data from a variety of sources. Aside from the fact that students approach studying with greater excitement and productivity, they also have access to the most up-to-date topics and research, which their forefathers could only dream about. The effective use of digital learning tools in the classroom can increase student engagement, help teachers improve their lesson plans, and facilitate personalized learning. It also helps students build essential 21st-century skills. Virtual classroom (google classroom, zoom?) video, augmented reality, robots, and other technology tools can create more inclusive learning environments that foster collaboration and inquisitiveness, it also enables teachers to collect data on students' performances. Still, it is important to take note that technology is nothing but a tool used for educational purposes and not an end in itself. They said the promise of educational technology lies in what educators do with it and how it is used to best support their student's needs. BuiltIn reports that 92 percent of teachers understand the impact of technology in education. According to Project Tomorrow, 59 percent of middle school students say digital educational tools have helped them with their grades and test scores. These tools have become so popular that the educational technology market is projected to expand to $342 billion by 2025, according to the World Economic Forum. Prominently rising from the COVID-19 crisis is the issue of content. Educators need to be able to develop and weigh in on online educational content, especially to encourage students to consider a topic from different perspectives. The urgent actions taken during this crisis did not provide sufficient time for this. Access is an added concern — for example, not every school district has resources to provide students with a laptop, and internet connectivity can be unreliable in homes. Additionally, while some students thrive in online education settings, others lag for various factors, including support resources. For example, a student who already struggled in face-to-face environments may struggle even more in the current situation. These students may have relied on resources that they no longer have in their homes.
It's fantastic to be hopeful and believe in the further growth of technology, but it's also critical not to overlook the bad aspects of technology in education and how it might lead to long-term issues for young people. Many skeptics in the social sciences and humanities. For example, frequently point out several potential disadvantages of technology in education, such as Potentially diminishing cognitive development and reducing problem-solving skills well; Technology always has a good intention, to reduce time and make it easier to perform certain mechanical activities. Almost all school tasks, however, have been automated because of technological advancements. There might be consequences in having technologies nowadays, but admit it or not technologies have made a lot of help to each one of us. In the era of advanced technology, there are multiple online tools available for teaching and learning purposes. Earlier, it used to be difficult to gather information on any content as none of them were available for public use. But rising technology has brought changes concerning accessing information for effective learning. There is abundant information available on the digital platform. Educational institutions are using various tools that can help students and teachers in effective learning and teaching experience. Teachers can create lectures and share them with students for their learning. Let us see how different online tools can affect the education system. Podcast: Teachers can create informative podcasts and share them with the students. They can learn and practice concepts at their own pace. Gadgets: Teachers and students are using digital devices such as laptops, mobile phones, i-pads, tablets for learning and teaching purposes. Students download multiple applications for improving their learning experiences such as reading study materials, preparing for exams, taking practice tests, referring information for exams, assignments, and projects. Whereas teachers use these devices for preparing lectures in the form of presentations, videos, texts, etc, and also assessing and evaluating students based on their performance. Powerpoint presentations: This is a very useful tool for teachers to prepare for lectures using high resolutions pictures and videos along with texts. It helps students to get engaged and interested during the lecture and motivates them to learn effectively. Communication tools: These tools are used by teachers and students to communicate effectively. They can do video conferencing, text messages, or video calls to communicate with each other. Content organization tools: Content management is the most important part of the education system. Educational institutions pay a lot of attention to keeping the content organized so that students can learn without any confusion. Teachers are using content management tools where they can organize content, timetables, assignments, projects, assessments, and feedback in one platform. They also allow them to post-study materials, assignments topics, timetables, and announcements.