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IMPORTANCE OF TECHNOLOGY IN THE CLASSROOM

Do you really think integrating technology within classroom environment will distract students and marginalise educators? Take a pause and think again.

In this digital age, students and teachers show their interest towards technology and incorporate gadgets like laptops and even smart-phones into their curriculum to create incredible opportunities for themselves. There is a negative image of using the Internet and communication technology in the mind of parents. If you want to enhance your knowledge regarding the benefits of using technology in academic curriculum, this blog will help you certainly.

In today’s intense competitive market, each commercial platform is getting transformed into a system of digital marketing. Then why should education sectors be an exception for attaining technological advancements? Shouldn’t it be better if each sector of education such as colleges, schools or even coaching institutions could bring innovations in their teaching and learning style? This methodical incorporation of innovation can differentiate them from a traditional way of education by embedding all the educational subject matters within technological equipment such as desktops, hard disks, pen drives, floppy disks and much more.

Well, in this blog, we are going to highlight some benefits of using technology in the classroom which will definitely fetch your interest towards e-learning. Moreover, if you are concerned about your children’s learning, our blog will help you to find out a difference between traditional learning and e-learning.

Here we go

  • The role of technology has been skyrocketing as schools are transforming into smart schools by using computers, projectors, tablets and other devices encourage self-directed learning rather than passive learning which could be found in lectured environments.
  • Interactive lesson plans by using ICT turn boring conceptual subjects such as maths, science into fun and engaging for students. No one learns at the same pace or in the same manner. Technology has that potential to level-set the classroom environment. You can take one example. Technology provides accommodations for disabled students as well as visual lesson plans which deliver individualised instructions for all pupils. Moreover, students can use a broad range of resources beyond classroom learning by accessing the Internet.
  • You won’t believe that technology facilitated peer collaboration. When students are assigned to some small groups for technology-based tasks, those students who have some knowledge regarding technological skills routinely assist less experienced peers. Therefore, technology integration has that amazing potential towards peer tutoring, collaboration and mentoring.
  • Students can get connected with teachers over long distances. Besides this, students can get academic papers via online platforms.
  • Besides this, you must be insightful in actualizing the benefits of technologies for teachers. Today’s teachers can utilize various authentic apps and trusted online resources in order to make learning materials more attractive. This also helps to enhance traditional ways of teaching. Virtual lesson plans, Mike, light pens, grading software and online assessments improve knowledge sharing among teachers and students.

What is more about e-learning?

Various technical aspects like computers, kinds of projectors like K-Yan help to develop practical skills like creating presentations, maintaining proper online etiquette and writing emails. Such skills help a student to improve motivation and productivity. Surely, you know that modern learning is all about solving complex problems, critical thinking, leadership skills, collaborating with others and developing different forms of communication. Therefore, this buzzword, flipping the classroom is getting a wise amount of attention. I am sure, many down the line; learning new media becomes more than a resume booster. When teachers get confused regarding a difficult question, they can Google the answer which can foster classroom discussion. In fact, this shift can empower students.

This short blog post is intended to present you with the difference between traditional learning and e-learning based on which you can decide how technologies provide benefits to students’ learning.

In traditional learning models, students have to sit attentively and take pen or pencils to note down lectures. Since last few decades, this teaching and learning model has been lauded as the best model. Teachers use blackboards, chalks and maps. However, you decide, are the students learning more this way or is it the most efficient way to learn?

Well, a lot of information has to be presented within a concise period of time in the classroom. E-learning courses make it possible for the teachers to show various things to students within a concise time frame. Moreover, various online tests make it possible for students to understand the value of time. Additionally, technologies can take 40 to 75% less class time than other traditional courses anyway. Therefore, teachers can design their material to chunk their content.

When teachers present something digitally, students, for sure, find it interesting and pay attention to that content more than anything else. Students can pause a video, rewind it and can learn at their own pace. As a result, students can remember these papers with ease. That is the benefit of technology. Besides this, for economically disadvantaged students, classrooms are the only place where they can use a computer and integrated technology.

There is a growing amount of evidence that technology incorporation affects academic performances positively. Moreover, when students will get into professional life, they can easily handle technological aspects which provide them better opportunities to get promotion in their professional life.

Student value is what they generate and not based on grade level. Their voices they are listened to are important. If a student publishes an e-book, it is judged based on its quality of writing. Therefore, where else can this happen?

According to Sheryl Nussbaum-Beach, “Teachers will not be replaced by technology, but teachers who do not use technology will be superseded by those who do.”

Why E-learning Is The Future of Education?

Education is said to be the best when the lectures and demonstrations are delivered to the students in the most motivating and scientific way so that the countless questions of the students are satisfied with proper clarification and explanation to satiate their young mind and when the purpose of developing their concept in the respective subjects are properly fulfilled.

Education requires a proper environment which will motivate the students to absorb the learning materials and which will help them to be equipped to turn their dream into reality by exposing them to all possible practical experience coupled with enough theoretical ideas of their subjects. From the very beginning of the human history, education system was there, and this system and techniques of imparting knowledge to the disciples have been changed gradually with time, experience and with the advancement of technology.

With the invention of internet technology and sophisticated communication medias, the communication across the world has become so viable that the world of information has virtually erased the national boundaries in between various parts of the world and has turned it into a global village. The education world has now embraced the internet as a significant and indispensible vehicle for imparting education and for disseminating educational information (Jephias Mapuva, 2011).

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In fact e-learning has made it possible for the educational institutions to extend their campus beyond their national boundaries and to a host of students from different nation and culture and by that way, has enabled them to share the platform of the global education system (Jephias Mapuva, 2011).

According to Volery (2000), the rapid development of Internet and the related technology, coupled with the demand for an improved access to the higher education by the wider section of society, has provided the universities a significant motivation to introduce the e-learning courses to expand their educational reach, even with their limited budget (Jephias Mapuva, 2011).. However, as echoed by Ribiero (2002), if the universities want to tap the full potential and the opportunities of the e-learning environment in order to develop the delivery of their higher education, they have to be conscious about the factors deemed to be critical for the successful implementation of the model of e-learning courses (Jephias Mapuva, 2011). Some researchers feel that to be most effective, a delicate balance needs to be established by the universities in between the traditional mode of imparting education and the online mode of the same, so that while taking the advantage of traditional way of teaching students, the universities can quickly respond to the changes in the online education market to keep a competitive edge and to keep their education system contemporary (Gurmak Singh, John O’Donogehue, Harvey Woton, 2005).

E-learning has already proved to have the potential of being the future of the education as it has truly some unique advantages over the traditional teaching methods. Teare (2000) observed that one most important advantage is e-learning allows the universities to provide the up-to-date course content on real time basis which enables the students to get the most contemporary knowledge and consequently enable them to keep up with the pace of the rapid development in their field of education (Gurmak Singh, John O’Donogehue, Harvey Woton, 2005). As indicated by Holley (2000) e-learning enhances the flexibility of interaction in between the students and the lecturers as well as the accessibility of the required educational resources beyond the constraints of time and geographical distance in between the student and the teachers(Gurmak Singh, John O’Donogehue, Harvey Woton, 2005).

In fact, you can have this education from anywhere in the world and at any time you want. One of the most important attributes of e-learning is that, in comparison to the less flexible traditional way of education, they potentially provide the students a much greater and easy access to education (Gurmak Singh, John O’Donogehue, Harvey Woton, 2005).

Various research and the tremendous acceptance of the e-learning by the student communities all over the world has already proved that this technology-based educational system has every possibility to replace the traditional way of imparting education. The instant access to the most updated learning resources as well as to the best possible lecturers from any place of the world and the huge saving of time and cost, are truly indicating a paradigm shift in the future educational system. It has already been established during the last two decades that E-learning has the potential of changing the education system fundamentally by extending the facility of education even to the remotest place in the world thereby widening the reach of modern education to the maximum number of students all over the world.

However, to convert its unlimited potential into a reality, the educational institutions opting for the implementation of E-learning, has to structure their entire educational environment and the course materials so that they can provide the best possible courses suitable for E-learning delivery (Gurmak Singh, John O’Donogehue, Harvey Woton, 2005). The need to develop a proper technological environment and to educate the students to use the online tools properly to exploit the E-learning materials and resources in the best possible way still seems to be a challenge before the entire world of E-learning.

References:

1) G.Singh, J O’Donoghue, H. Woton. A study into the effects of eLearning on higher education. 2005: http://ro.uow.edu.au/cgi/viewcontent.cgi?article=1020&context=jutlp

2) Jephias Mapuva. Confronting challenges to e-learning in Higher Education Institutions. 2011: http://ijedict.dec.uwi.edu/viewarticle.php?id=732