“If we teach today as we taught yesterday, we rob our children of tomorrow.”
– John Dewey
A classroom is the hub of innovative thinking, making it imperative for educators to continually embrace new tools of learning. Technology has brought forth a new meaning to learning in recent times, leaving parents and teachers alike with no doubt about its effectiveness. Young minds today are brimming with the curiosity and are eager to adopt new ways of learning instead of the old tried-and-tested methods more than ever before.
Exploring and utilizing technology in the right way, whilst adapting it to the existing trends in the education sector has become the need of the hour. With the recent Internet boom in India as well as advancements in science and technology, educators are disposed to a plethora of possibilities for the betterment of the education as a whole.
Technology brings a variety of learning tools at the fingertips of educators, students and parents. Here are a few reasons that highlight its positives and usage as a learning tool:
- Offer students a way to connect what they are learning in class, to real-world situations, in a safe and low-cost environment by using games and simulations.
- Lets educators form a system wherein they share and collaborate their ideas and resources online.
- Enhance understanding of concepts that involve motion or action by using animations and videos.
- Holds a student’s attention for longer periods of time, than they would with books and/or paper resources.
- Allows boring subjects to be more engaging with virtual lessons, tutoring, and the streaming of educational videos.
- Provides a variety of knowledge from more than one source and doesn’t limit students to one person’s opinion.
- Promote higher-order thinking skills such as collaboration, communication, problem solving, and teamwork.
- Students are able to receive direct, individualized instructions from a computer, which enables them to learn at their own pace.
- Allows self-expression by the students through a multitude of tools, such as PowerPoint, digital photography, filmmaking, class newspapers, web-based school radio stations, or creation of a blog.
This symbiosis of learning and technology enables young, curious minds to prosper and explore unknown territories, and often gain several perspectives on the topics at hand. All that needs to be taken care of is finding the perfect mix of digital curriculum and the face-to-face support and instruction systems.
Over the past decade, innumerable studies have confirmed the benefits from the use of technology in education. In the present scenario, the importance of technology in education is irrefutable, making the question ‘does technology enhance learning?’ redundant. Today, teachers, students and parents must always ask, ‘How do we improve our use of technology to enhance learning?’