Technology, the term in itself is so vast and saturated that one cannot comprehend how life will be without it. Today, in the 21st century, where robots have started to replace mass-labor, and e-commerce stores have altogether replaced traditional shopping methods, the education sector is no exception.
A 2013 survey conducted by ISTE (International Society for Technology in Education) found some whopping facts on technology’s impact in the education sector.
- According to that survey, 50% of students ranging from 10-18 years in age, use the internet for their homework at least once a week.
- Similarly, 77% of teachers said that technological advancement enhances student interaction in the class, and they love to learn when they get a visual representation of their lesson.
Technology has now deep-rooted ties with education, and its impact is only growing with each passing day. From collecting study material to communicating with a professor who lives on another side of the globe, technology has solved it all.
You just need a smart device and an internet connection, and you are ready to dive into the virtual world of learning.
Modern-day devices and networking sites have facilitated teachers, students, and parents alike.
The teachers can convey their message through emails and chat rooms, students can collect study material through internet, and parents can get a detailed know-how of their kid’s study records by accessing the university/college’s student portal.
Who could imagine this 20 years ago, when the only mean of communication used to be a letter or in exceptional cases, telegrams.
This massive impact is only increasing and becoming unavoidable. I have compiled a list of the effects technology has left on the education sector and how is it beneficial for learning. Bear with me till the end and let us explore this vast field to TechEd (a term used for technological education):
My grandpa once told me that he was a fan of a very well-known author in his student days. He used to write him letters as feedback to his new publications and used to anticipate his response.
Do we have this much patience now? No, we don’t (at least I don’t have it). We need a quick response, be it positive or negative. And these communication apps are lifesavers for us now.
You need your professor’s remarks on an assignment? Shoot him an email right away. You want access to a paid journal? Search for the author’s LinkedIn profile, and ask him if he can give you limited access (it will save your money of buying the journal’s subscription, cool no?).
You are a teacher and want to tell the students about a make-up class? Yay, you’ve got WhatsApp!
Communication is the key in the education sector as it is not limited to a place, you can get knowledge from all over the world. And modern-day technology has become the best way to connect with people.
- Enhanced collaboration
Olden times were quite dull when students had to look at the black/green board for an hour without any kind of interaction with each other or the teacher (remaining quite for an hour while listening to the same old lectures? I know how that feels pal!)
Today we have projectors, video-players, and smart boards installed in the classrooms.
Students can interact and collaborate with each other as much as they wish to.
In fact, modern researches have shown that students learn faster and better when they have a group discussion. The animators and projectors give the students leverage to collaborate and create fantastic group projects, which prove to be amazing at the end.
- New opportunities
Gone are the days when people used to write letters to universities for getting information about scholarships and funding.
All you have to do now is subscribe to the university’s website/blog, and you’ll get a notification every time they update a scholarship.
Getting approval from supervisors used to be tough back then, as there were no reliable means to approach an unknown professor and persuade him to give your application a thought.
My professor shared his story with us that he had to wait for 4 years before his Ph.D. scholarship got approved because the letter he wrote to his expected supervisor was not delivered at the right address. Such a nuisance!
And when we look at today’ scenario, the things are entirely different. You can know about scholarships, can apply for the,. And can verify your documents, everything through online ways no need face much hassle.
- Google is the best buddy
Who could imagine 15 years ago that a company named Google will expand to this extent that we can’t even move without it now?
Downloading books, accessing journals, publishing research papers, gathering study material, completing online courses, what can’t Google do for students now?
From students to teachers, everybody lands at Google in most arguments and discussions because it has an enormous amount of information for you, just a few clicks away.
- Saving precious time
Who doesn’t like to complete his task before time and land on the couch to watch Liverpool playing? Technology not only makes one smart and competent, but it also saves time.
Teachers mark deadlines in the students’ chat room with a reminder that if anybody is late, his assignment won’t be accepted. Simple!
Doing so keeps the students attentive, and they get rid of the procrastination habit to a great extent.
Similarly, grading assignments and uploading mark sheets is also done through software and tools now.
In my university, we used to upload our assignments on software called “HELP,” and it was linked with the country’s higher education commission. Which means, it checks plagiarism and grammar mistakes before the assignment is forwarded to the professor for grading.
Such soft wares benefit both sides. The students become more diligent and try to be unique in assignments, while the teachers can save their time of pointing out mistakes. Just a glance at the software’s report is enough to assess the student’s work.
Tools like Grammarly, Turnitin, and ginger play a significant role in saving time and energy of learners and teachers alike.