From phones to air conditioners to mini-laptops, it is safe to say that technology is everywhere and that innovations never seem to stop. We, as regular folk, need to pick up our pace with the coming-of-age approaches that integrate the newest innovations with our daily lives. One such field is education. Teachers are the foot soldiers of education who can give rise to geniuses of tomorrow through their classrooms. So, how do we make the experience of getting an education more diversified and more knowledgeable? This can be done by merging technology with conventional teaching methods so that the students get the finest education.
This merger has given rise to an ample of benefits. Here are the top ten benefits that the aid of technology has brought into the field of education:
Top 10 Benefits of Integrating Technology
A PBS survey suggests that teachers like the idea of technology as a helping hand to them. Tools like websites, apps, e-books and virtual tutoring that are enabled due to technology allow students to grasp concepts at their own pace and teachers are the link between the information those tools provide and the students. Teachers believe that they can personalize and better the experience of education through this.
2. Easy Access
The Internet provides various e-books and materials to students. The information in these materials is available to them anytime, anywhere. This makes it easy for the students to go back home and revisit the taught concepts without having to search through a pile of books for those concepts. This is helpful to the teachers too as they have millions of sources to choose from, the appropriate one for the class that they might be taking, thereby not having to limit themselves to one-dimensional textbooks.
3. Student PreferenceAn education that goes beyond the normal through the means of technology is sort of a priority for today’s students. A survey done by Educase shows that 54 percent of the students use at least 2 electronic devices while doing school work. This clearly shows that not only are the students positively responding to technology used for teaching, but they have also grown a preference or fondness towards using it for their work. The younger generation is familiar with “Googling” when it comes to finding any source of information.
4. Workplace Mobility
Workplace mobility means being able to work from anywhere in the world at any time. This is obviously a feature that companies are looking for in candidates before recruiting them as having this mobility is the need of the hour. Our current scenario of Covid-19 where the world is at a standstill and working from home is the only option left helps us understand the significance of work mobility. If students are familiarized with technology from a young age through education, they’ll be flexible to work from any remote location. So, technology also helps students be better suited for what’s in store for the future workforce.
5. Blended Learning Environment
Blended learning is a technique of learning where the new approaches to education enabled by the means of technology meet the traditional way of teaching. This blend seems to be one of the most appropriate methods of teaching. Since e-textbooks are available and since online submission of documents and assignments is enabled, this approach allows a fair share of cost-cutting for schools. Other than being financially beneficial, this method is also enjoyed by the students as they like the comfortable mix of getting a personalized touch through their teachers and accessing a wider set of information through the internet.
6. Aid to Teachers
Ever since the doors of newer sources of knowledge are opened to schools via the Internet, teachers have found their jobs to be much more efficient and convenient. This is because they now have the world’s largest library to gain material from. Since there is an almost constant change in learning, the students also show a positive and deeper interest which makes teachers’ lives easier.
7. Student Engagement
As mentioned earlier, there is an almost constant change in learning. This engages students to understand more as they find something to learn in a different approach than the previous method. Access to technological tools for education provides material to them in a way that is attractive unlike traditional books. The basic concepts of STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths) are being received and grasped in an efficient manner by the students.
8. Enhancement of ToolsToday, every individual
understands the importance of technology in one’s life. Hence, heavy investments are made towards improvising the technological tools for education like interactive whiteboards, tablets, learning apps and websites. There is no better time to involve technology in schools than now since it is constantly evolving.
9. Cost-Effective WebsitesAccording to multiple surveys on the internet, websites are said to be the most used source of information within a classroom. Some teachers even create their own websites where they tailor down content according to the different classes they take. If we compare the cost and maintenance required for a website to that of textbooks, websites definitely have the upper hand, thereby proving to be pretty cost-effective. Besides, websites can allow far more updates than textbooks do.
10. Readiness of The Teaching Industry
Teachers are the biggest providers of education, and they’re prepared to execute innovation in the classrooms through as many ways as would be possible. Unlike in earlier decades, current educators perceive the impact of innovation and technology in educating tomorrow’s pioneers. In the event that a school district chooses to actualize or support technology, they most likely won’t experience a lot (assuming any) of backlash from teachers.
While implementing these tools will require bigger budgets, and while we understand that certain problems might arise in the initial stage of implementing, we hope to see more of technology blending in the field of education and enhancing our schooling experience!