Technology changing our lives remains a limitless journey. Its seemingly apparent ease of use and accessibility impacts and benefits both students and teachers. However, for many, especially the older generation, who have to tutor students via technology, it can and may be a nightmare. Things have happened so quickly around us that most teachers resist change and even attempt to form a resistance army.
Can we all imagine what would have become of learning globally given the total shutdown of the world by the Covid-19 pandemic in the past year? A period of disruption and uncertainty which changed people’s preferences and expectations? Technology came to our rescue by providing ways of delivering learning online. Any educational institution that seeks to position itself for continued success in the post COVID world to ensure that it continues to be an engine of innovation, creativity, and productivity must keep harnessing the value of technology across the board.
Changing lives with the use of technology is truly transformational, not with digital natives who abound in schools and make it mandatory for educational institutions not only to transform what they look like and what they do, but also how they think and perceive the external world when planning the way forward. A plan with an even halfhearted embrace of technology will lead nowhere.
Cuts educational costs
Technology coming into education has led to resources becoming more available, resulting in declining educational expenses for tuition fees, books, school supplies, and other associated costs. Low-income earners have their children use e-books, making things easier for them and students can learn on equal terms with their friends, without wealthier parents pressuring them for exceptional performance resulting from the huge investments in their children’s schooling. In addition, another positive side-effect of using e-books in education is the fact that they indirectly contribute to the reduction of deforestation, which is one of the major environmental problems.
Enlighten them on digital literacy
Technology in the 21st century is an integral part of education and must be implemented in a way that students are in tandem with the learning trends and acquire technological/digital skills to access the opportunities available for gainful employment after school. We all realize that young people can’t obtain the degree of expertise required in the current corporate world in software engineering classes. Additionally, this form of teaching assists students who can not afford modern technology at home, which could likewise possibly close the social gap between carefully educated (digitally literate) and uneducated individuals (illiterate people).
Technology has made it possible for students to acquire qualifications online.
They can learn from anywhere without being physically present. Working professionals have the opportunity to pursue further education without having to give up their full-time jobs. Being able to learn remotely has been revolutionary because it has made education accessible to everyone. Technology is being used to teach differently, whether through online learning or merely by showing a video in a classroom.
Gives better understanding of students’ performance – metrics (on account of measurements)
How many can recall a classroom of 30 students with a single teacher to assess their academic performance? Quite an onerous task whose results one couldn’t be sure of. One protocol that schools don’t have control over but must adapt to, is online testing. Testing is the way of the future, but it has a lot of advantages. Assessing students’ performance is done instantly with technology. Beyond seeking test scores in real-time, teachers can better understand students’ grasp of the subject.
The choice of learning between online and at their own pace is now possible.
Every student learns differently, and technology helps with this gap as well. Gaining control over their learning is possible and teachers can be flexible in transferring knowledge to students. However, this is only applicable in schools that support hybrid learning. There is a sense of belonging experienced by students who take lessons online as they also socialize with their peers and interact face-to-face with their teachers.
Teaching is now more than a lecturer in front of a blackboard, and technology has been an integral part of its development. It has transformed education and the way people learn and retain information. Therefore, its role in the future of education is a fundamental part of maintaining the growth and progression of today’s global economy.
Children are more receptive to technology than most adults, which has become the easiest way to learn because it is such an integral part of their lives. Engaging with technology in the classroom has not only helped them learn better, but they also acquire multi-tasking skills.
In this time and age, young people must keep embracing technology to secure gainful employment in the future. The jobs of the future include the following; Cyber security expert, robotics engineer, software developer, user experience (UX) designer, data analyst, esports coach, etc. are all tied to technology. A great future awaits the well-equipped.