Technology has impacted every aspect of life in the 21st century, and education is no exception. There has been a remarkable improvement in access to education and information, available in multiple formats – like books, audio, illustration, animation and video – at the touch of a button. Almost anyone with an internet connection can now access formal education within the comfort of their home.
So, here are 5 ways technology is transforming the face of education:
1. Textbook goes extinct
Kids today communicate through various modes, thanks to technology. Texting has accidentally created its very own language, one that the older generation doesn’t always understand. The act of passing notes in class has evolved to texting each other. Similarly, the fun, crafty back-to-school ritual of covering textbooks with brown paper will soon become a rarity. Mobile devices in classrooms have popularised eBooks that are cheaper, up-to-date, quickly accessible, and much more interactive than traditional textbooks.
2. A-Grade Assessment
As more and more institutions and universities are digitizing the assessment process, students across the globe are taking tests online to instantly assess their knowledge. Online assessments are flexible, reliable and impartial, giving students an opportunity to take assessments based on their convenience – a boon to students pursuing distance learning.
3. Revised student-teacher roles
The entry of technology has changed student-teacher roles in the classroom. Students have become more engaged and active, as opposed to being relegated to the role of a passive note-taker. The teacher has become more of a facilitator rather than a source of information. More and more teachers are using technology to stay connected with their students through email and cloud services that let them upload and share information with a large number of students.
4. Special care for Special Needs
Technology aids educators’ ability to meet the needs of all kinds of learners. Thanks to the advancement in voice recognition software, children with special needs, learning disability and limited English proficiency are able to better communicate. Since, it has been observed that students with special needs do not respond to traditional classrooms, a large number of mobile apps have been devised with the objective of introducing these students into the mainstream by enabling them with digital educational aids. Computer technology and e-learning seeks to bridge the learning gap between differently-abled students and regular students, by making education more accessible to all.
5. Games aren’t just for play
Video games have been known for bringing behavioural changes in students by making them more goal-oriented. Gaming provides a wide range of information while initiating kids to effectively solve problems. While excessive gaming has bad effects, we cannot contest the fact that video games when played under correct supervision and guidance can be a great source of edutainment. One of the features of modern classroom is collaboration and gaming is known to have an empowering effect on collaborative learning.