6 ways technology is making education easy and inclusive
Gone are the days when students have to wait for their teacher to solve their doubts. Nowadays, they just Google it and there are millions of results for one query or question. You see, this was just an example of how the education system has evolved (for the good) with the onset of technology in it.
For instance, back in the 90s, no one thought that we will have demonstrative classes with big LED screens placed in the classroom. As a matter of fact, there was nobody thinking beyond blackboards. Apart from this, here’s how technology has enhanced children’s learning in the modern era:
1. Pursue online classes
The Internet has enabled you to order-in everything. From food and groceries to even medicines and electronics. However, now, you also can sit at home and take classes to get a degree. These are actual classes conducted by teachers with defined lessons and homework. The teacher might be on the other end of the world but you can still leverage their expertise and experience. How cool is that?
It is not always possible for one to attend live classes to which online training is the best rescue. This is beneficial for both the student as well as the teacher. The teacher is now not limited to a specific geographical region. Plus, these are also cheaper than the old school classes.
2. Plethora of resources
It’s crazy how the dictionary is replaced by Google. Now every time any of us wants to find something, we say ‘Just Google it!’ It is open, full of educational resources and the best part is it need not be taught – modern-day children are well-equipped with its functioning. In fact, Google search results offer so many resources that you will learn a lot more than the desired. You can find anything online from french translation sites to derivative calculators.
Well, when was the last time you visited a library?
3. Study-help online
The internet is filled with online study material and resources, for children of all age groups and streams. Sometimes it is free of cost, other times there is a minimal charge involved, but the best part is, you are getting everything you need, without breaking a sweat.
You also get to avail online tutoring, clear your doubts from professionals, and find solutions right away. From Standardised tests to middle-grade math, you will find every little help online. Basically, the student can learn what he wishes to, at its own suitable time and clarify all the doubts almost immediately.
4. Webinars over seminars
You don’t need to travel to a place to attend live lectures. Now you can do that back at home, sitting on your comfortable couch. Seminars are outdated, webinars are the recent trend. While the lessons learned are still the same the only difference with the latter is that, you can attend webinars in the comfort of your four walls, and that too, at your discretion.
This is also extremely beneficial for the teachers. They can now reach out to more students via the world wide web. Look at it like a video conference or video call, where the teacher is delivering lectures to you via the screen.
5. Access to podcasts
A podcast is a digital audio file in which experts talk to impart some knowledge on a particular subject. Again, they came into being just because of technology. You can download it on your laptop, computer, and PC, and just listen to it. No two podcasts are the same, some will cover your lessons from the subject matter and others might enable you with the tricks of life. Stats reveal that there are over 850,000 active podcasts on the internet.
6. Smart Boards instead of blackboards
Most of the schools nowadays are to replace their traditional chalk-and-duster blackboards with smart boards. In fact, the new, upcoming schools only have smart boards in their classrooms. The reason being, a smart board fulfills the purpose of a blackboard bringing in a lot more to the table as well.
This type of presentation software helps the teachers to deliver lectures effectively, with pictures, modules, diagrams, video clips. This makes learning not only more effective but also more lively.
The Internet is both a boon and a curse, it’s on you how you decide to make use of it. You must have read a lot of content-pieces discussing the negative impacts of the internet. However, that doesn’t overpower the positives that the Internet has brought along.
Technology has brought a new meaning to the education industry. We discussed the advantages above but it can also be a distraction if let loose. So, in the end, the internet makes us capable of a lot of things but we need to choose wisely. Teach your children how to use it for their best interest and you will see how efficient they have become with work and studies.