ESSAY 30: Use of Technology in Education
Technology can best be defined as a tool that both supports and promotes human learning.
It has successfully revolutionized the human experience and learning by changing the way a person learns from a very young age.
Technology and education are an ingenious and revolutionary duo if used correctly with the right conscience. Since we’re going through an age of technological revolution where even toddlers are introduced to new technology from a very early age itself, imparting technology-based education from a very early age is highly beneficial and an absolute necessity for the overall development of the child.
A archetypal classroom that was once characterized by eager students sitting throughout monotonously long hours of lectures, taught by the professors with the help of blackboards and chalk and heavy textbooks, following a decades-old curriculum that is mostly outdated. These classrooms have now evolved into smart classrooms with digital learning assistance such as PowerPoint, computers, printers, and projectors.
Learning digitally is extremely user-friendly and successfully breaks the monotony by making learning more interesting, interactive, and engaging. The usagecommunicate of vivid graphics simplifies the concepts that are difficult to comprehend. It is of great aid for challenging subjects such as Biology, Maths, Chemistry, and Physics. This in turn is of great help and successfully accelerates the student’s learning process and enhances active participation and engagement of the students.
Technology provides teachers as well as students with a huge variety of very useful and easy-to-use tools that are easily accessible at the tip of their fingers. It expands what the course has to offer and enhances the learning materials and textual data. Teachers are now enabled to communicate with fellow
teachers all around the world, discuss extensively, and collectively improve their craft. This enables them to provide the best form of education to their students.
With the integration of technology, students get simple, direct, and individualized instruction from the computers as to how to proceed with a course, or what would be the best way to approach the course so that it is beneficial maximally. This unique form of supplemental teaching allows the teachers as well as students to engage with the worldwide learning community belonging to various nations across the globe. A vast variety of information is available, at any point of time during the day that might prove to be most convenient for them and assists them in becoming more self-directed, self-reliant, and independent in the everlasting process of learning. It also gives the teacher more time and convenience to accomplish classroom objectives and deadlines, and make more efficient lesson plans. It also saves time and thus gives them the chance to help the slightly weaker students who might be struggling with certain difficult lessons.
The internet has gifted us with an unending sea of knowledge. It has offered freedom of thought process to the students and doesn’t restrict students to a singular perspective of the writer they are reading from. It offers numerous sources to its learners to choose and learn from, opening them to wider perspectives regarding the world affairs.
Ever since the COVID-19 pandemic hit the world, online education has become the prime source of learning and education starting from primary elementary lessons to post-doctorate levels. Online education is currently accredited and has completely altered the way we perceive education entirely. Despite all educational institutes, from schools to universities, being shut down to prevent spreading of the deadly disease of COVID-19, students all across the world were provided with high quality education via various online platforms. There were virtual classrooms that allowed teacher-student interaction and streamlined the process of learning, assigning homework, checking assignments and projects submitted, etc.
There are numerous other advantages to online education for proffesionals, as well as students, since they can take it as a full-time, or part-time course for their betterment at any point of time and from anywhere. Students can watch videos of pre-recorded lectures and visual aids. This creates an extended classroom ecosystem for as a virtual classroom whereby various discussions can take place. This eliminates the travelling time and travelling costs borne by the students.
Illiteracy stands as one of the major problems India is facing today. Some reasons for this are the absence of easy accessibilty, shortfall of teachers, poverty, and absence of proper infrastructure. However, with the assistance of advanced technology, educating the masses has now become possible and luckily he prevalent situation is slowly changing.
Various courses are available under one roof, are recorded, and are used for teaching the
pupils who fail attend specific classes.
In India, several companies are coming forward enthusiastically to provide digital education such as NIIT, Infosysuse, HCL Infosystems, Tata Interactive Systems, etc. Even parents demand the best for their wards and are appreciative of the changes. They can sense sincerity in these initiatives by educational institutes to modernize the way teaching is practised today. Technology in education is preparing students for the future or more precisely the ‘next generation.’