Technology has emerged to become a synonym for convenience over the past years.
With the application of technology mankind has reached new heights in the field of communication, commerce, and social networking. But, technology in the field of education has been a relatively new entrant. Their were initially a lot of debates on its advantages and disadvantages of being introduced into the classroom, but the very fact that technology stands as an example of human progress in the field of information gathering made it easier to gain a foothold in the educational system. Educational technology, the term means the utilization of the various fields of technological advancement to facilitate the process of learning and grasping knowledge and practice educational theories with the help of technological practicality. But it continuously widens the gap between the students urge to learn using technology and the teacher’s views regarding the limitations and impact of technology.
Their have been certain drastic changes post the impact of technology in education. The relationship between the teacher and the student has undergone a series of changes ever since technology has managed to inch its way into the class room. Earlier teachers were the primary imparters of knowledge which children soaked into their systems. But today technology has brought computer induced training facilities where the teachers are reduced to mere intermediates between technological teaching facilities and students who are capable of decoding and rearranging the information transmitted to them. For the early days of a toddler education, technology has invented various videos and programs to assist children to build their linguistics. But studies have revealed that these are only detrimental to children as they reduce the human communication experiences necessary for normal intellectual growth.
Technology does have its share of positive impacts on the educational system as well. With the emphasis on the various senses to enhance information absorption, children are noted to display higher receptivity and retentivity when shown audio or video clipping while teaching. They also become more actively involved in the process of information gathering and discerning their needs. There is also a degree of practicality involved in using technology for education. Students enjoy implementing theoretical knowledge through practical usage of technology which helps in motivating them and boosting their confidence. Technology many a times calls for the display of logical and analytical reasoning among students which is bound to have a positive impact on their skill development. Technical skills get enhanced along with the need for them to realize the importance of teamwork while using technology. The internet now acts as a major store house of information which has further enabled education to reach every nook and corner where internet is available. It is the ideal tool for referencing or even learning online with the help of online courses available where anyone can participate in a virtual class room like environment.
The rapid developments in the field of education after the introduction of technology is commendable but even today educators are unhappy with the changes it has brought about in their profession. They are justified in believing that the impact of technology has brought about degradation in the relationship between the student and teacher. But they have also begun to accept the huge contribution technology has paid in the field of education.
Category: Importance of Technology