The world of technology has had a significant impact on education and has changed the entire educational landscape. No longer is the teacher standing at the blackboard, she’s now teaching via video conference and using Blackboard to facilitate online discussions. In the past, getting a notebook required you to pay a few cents at the local drugstore. Now getting the right notebook for school requires a trip to your electronics retailer and can set parents back thousands of dollars. Technology has definitely changed the way students learn.
1. Access to Resources
The days of not knowing something are over. Any information that a teacher or student could ever need is available online. Instead of consulting an encyclopedia, students can find answers to most questions with a few clicks of a mouse or swipes on a screen. This has both a positive and negative effect. On the plus side, it gives teachers a greater wealth and depth of information from which to teach. Students who want to study the continents are not limited to looking at two-dimensional drawn pictures. They can explore the Internet and watch video or interact with students from each continent in real time.
One drawback of the instant access to resources is a lack of curiosity and investigation. With answers readily available, students are less likely to use deductive reasoning skills or draw their own conclusions. This can cripple the learning process and leave students entirely dependent on technology.
2. Erasing Physical Boundaries
Technology has erased the physical boundaries that used to govern schools and education. Students can now study from home with education technology that allows teacher and student to interact remotely. Students can download assignments from websites, listen to lectures on podcasts and communicate with the teacher via text messaging. In fact, there has been a trend toward online charter schools that offer a comprehensive education delivered online. Now a teacher is not limited by the number of chairs in her classroom. One teacher can teach hundreds of student across the country, all at the same time.
3. Changed Rules of Communication
Just a generation ago, it was considered rude not to send a thank you note in the mail after you received a gift. Now that note can take the form of a “like” on Facebook or a quick “thank you” text. Students now use text messaging as their main means of communication, and have developed their own shortened version of the language that is easy to use in sending short messages. Experts have offered that this is detrimental to learning proper speech, grammar and spelling. The trend in changed communication, however, is showing no signs of reversing. Teachers are often tasked with keeping up with the latest technological lingo to communicate with their students.
Technology has definitely changed the world of education. From new communication techniques to better access to information, education has never been as advanced. Technology has changed the way we view education, and the jury is still out on longer-term effects.
Kate Croston is a freelance writer, holds a bachelors degree in Journalism and Mass Communication. She writes guest posts for different sites and loves contributing business internet service related topics. Questions or comments can be sent to: katecroston.croston09 @ gmail.com.