The world has changed a lot over the last few decades. What we used to rely on as cutting edge a while ago is now seen as obsolete. Some sectors have been replaced by others, while some, such as the education sector, have flourished from almost all the advancements made in technology.
Technology helps learning today feel easier and more fun than the way it was a while back. This can be clearly seen by all the positive effects of the internet in our education systems. Ever since the World Wide Web was invented in 1990, the internet has grown to become the world’s largest repository of knowledge. Teachers and students all over the world have found ways to share through the internet. This has made their classroom experiences more productive.
Today, pupils can easily access notes, reports, homework, etc, from their teachers remotely through school wireless networks and peer-to-peer sharing. This greatly cuts down the time it takes for teachers to get learning materials to students. Learning institutions also use mass emailing and other avenues such as social networks to reach many students at once. This method has replaced the outdated postage method. Through this, schools save millions of dollars every year in postage stamp.
Nowadays, schools can access reading and training materials from publishers in a matter of minutes. Hardcopies of learning materials take weeks or even months to reach the scholastic community. The introduction of eBooks has changed this tremendously. What used to take months to distribute, can now be distributed online in a matter of minutes, thanks to technology. Students and teachers can get learning materials from publishers halfway across the globe at no extra cost. This improvement allows students from all regions to have an equal learning opportunity with their peers worldwide.
Technology has seen the rise of an entirely new niche in education. Almost all tertiary institutes and institutes of higher learning can correspond with students from all over the world through their correspondence program. This system ensures that students receive good education regardless of how far they live from good universities or colleges. The institutes also get to reach students from all over the world at a relatively low cost. Learning centers and places that offer tutoring have kept up with the changing pace of technology the best, as these are usually for profit businesses and must provide higher standards to keep parents coming back. On-line learning programs have adapted rapidly as well.
Teachers today utilize technology to offer their students a set of practical skills that will be helpful to them after school. These teachers allow their pupils to play a number of educational video games for parts of their lessons. A number of video games currently in the market have been designed to stimulate the memory or creativity of the player. Teachers encourage their pupils to play these in their free time.
Finally, another way technology helps learning today is through the development of digital learning aids. These come in the form of software. Anything produced in a soft copy requires less storage space and is cheaper than its hard version. This means that learning is made cheaper because teachers eliminate the need to add expensive textbooks to their students’ fees.
Whether it is through better forms of communication or through advanced learning aids, technology has played a big role in the development of education systems worldwide.