We live in a world where technology is highly developed and fast developing. As increasingly its benefits are utilized in the worlds of innovation and communication, it is inevitable that some impact will be felt in the world of education. Here we take a look at some of the ways in which and reasons why technological integration stands to benefit education.
Accessibility of Information
Technology brings information to the table quickly. It can be hard these days to remember a world without internet searches as a means of making a preliminary investigation into a particular question or topic, but the reality is that their very existence is a relatively new development. These search engines are simply one striking example of the way in which the internet and advances in technology have allowed us to become used to having a vast array of information and resources at our fingertips. If the process of finding relevant information becomes streamlined and simplified, this has certain direct benefits on the impact of education:
- Most obviously, it provides access to the raw materials needed to inform opinions and views on facts and issues.
- It allows for a focus on other things. If the information is readily available, the focus can be taken from the research process itself and given to areas like how to use and apply it, creative and critical thinking etc.
- It has the potential to encourage discerning utilization of the information available. True, the internet has probably increased the prevalence of inadequate or inaccurate information more than it has of reliable resources – given that the cost and effort of print publication tend to ensure a certain amount of quality verification. “However, this in itself can provide an opportunity for education to incorporate a certain amount of sifting and critical engagement with the information presented – and where this is encouraged the very mix of quality in the information itself could stand to be good for the formation of young minds,” says Berenice Mann, a tech writer at Brit Student and Origin writings.
Interactive Engagement With Material
A teacher’s ability to access various ways of presenting or inviting pupils to consider a certain topic or idea increases the potential to engage them more actively. Technology can be a great aid to allow teachers to move beyond or accompany, for example, a written account or verbal presentation. Using such things as visual presentations, interactive games and resources that may serve more effectively to draw pupils’ interest, as well as to give further lights on a particular topic, is a good way to engage interest – and thereby increase the potential for deeper thinking and information retention.
Technology provides opportunities to personalize the educational experience in ways in which limitations on sheer manpower and availability have rendered impossible to make mainstream before. At this point in time, the impact of this is probably most widely visible in third level fields, where the wide availability of online degree and postgraduate programs give individuals plenty of options in terms of how and at what pace they further their education. However, as further technologies are developed, the potential for this to impact younger and more mainstream educational fields is only likely to develop. With this is the possibility of education widely experiencing advantages that heretofore have been the remit of homeschooling and private tuition only. “Technological advances have the potential to assess and pace educational development in such a way that a class of thirty pupils ranging from those who are bored to those who are struggling to keep up becomes a thing of the past, teachers being able to ‘delegate’ to a certain extent the task of determining the pace of a particular course or curriculum to a digital program based around the student,” says Vincent Glover, a business writer at 1 Day 2 write and Write my X.
Well used and constructively engaged with, we can see that technology has a lot of potential for improving and developing the sphere of education. The caveat that accompanies this good news is simple: Technology is a tool and needs to be utilized as such. For all the advantages that its developments stand to bring, it must be set at the service of authentic human development and limited by the fact that if it is not subordinate to this, it is more of a hindrance than a help to education, properly understood. Contextualized thus, its potential in the field of education is immense.
Specialist e-learning consultant, Regina Wheeler, writes at Research paper writing services and PhD Kingdom. Regina’s favoured topics are management, marketing and finances, on which she also contributes work to Coursework writer.
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