When it comes to the educational system, there’s much work to be done to get it to the point where it should be – there’s no argue about that.
While all other fields were embracing changes and evolution, the educational system was unwilling to go with the flow, thus becoming outdated. That’s the bad news; the good news is that the system is finally waking up, and starts catching up, and one of the ways it does that is by adopting technology. Here are 5 ways in which technology is used to support educational goals.
It Makes School Feel Familiar
Education has tried for too long to run away from technology and maintain a sober look and feel, in an attempt to teach students that playtime and study time do not mix, thus preparing them for the work life, which was supposed to be sober and monotonous as well. However, things changed a bit along the way, and nowadays combining fun with work is not only accepted, but also highly encouraged, as it is proven to yield better results. Since kids nowadays are growing up surrounded by technology, and find it fun, it will only be natural for them to find it in the classroom as well. Traditional learning methods that rely on blackboards, books and textbooks will appear boring to millennials, so integrating technology in the classroom is the way to go.
It Brings Teachers and Students Closer
Teacher-student relationship is one of the aspects that have a deep impact on the student’s performance. If a teacher appears too authoritative, students might be intimidated and thus have a hard time focusing on the lessons. Students will be more comfortable around a teacher that they feel they can relate to, which is where technology steps in. Thanks to social networks, teacher can connect with students on a more personal level, and make them understand that they are human being too. This makes it easier for students to talk to professors, making them more likely to ask questions and seek help when they have trouble understanding something in class.
It Puts Students in Control
Technology brings a lot of advantages to the table, but its strongpoint is the fact that it provides instant access to information. The Internet is only a few clicks or taps away, which means that so is any information one might need at any given point. In the classroom, this can have multiple benefits – not only it can make searching for factual information much faster, it also provides more accurate and actual information.
Last but not least, it has a psychological impact as well: in the past, students were supposed to just believe all the information they were given, with no easily accessible tools to verify its authenticity, and while the information was correct in most cases, it still made them feel inferior. With the power of Internet, students now have a chance to verify the accuracy of the information they receive, which make them feel more secure and in control.
It Opens the Path to Information
Learning is not done in the classroom only, but at home as well, and it’s at home where most students struggle to remember or understand the lessons. Luckily, technology saves the day once more – thanks to the numerous education portals and learning platforms, students can easily access an online version of the course they have trouble with, and go through the material once again, thus having another chance at understanding the curriculum. Also, thanks to the way information is organized online, chances are that, while browsing for a certain lesson, the student will be attracted to others as well. It’s like binge-watching Netflix, but with lessons.
It Offers Everyone a Chance
A major advantage of technology is that it’s flexible and can adapt to one’s needs, and while this may not mean much to most, it can make all the difference for impaired students. Visually-impaired and hearing-impaired students get a better chance at learning thanks to the assistive technologies that exist nowadays. There are serious disabilities, which should be dealt with in a special education environment built for such students, but for not-so-serious conditions, technology can do wonders and help the students in question get an equal chance at educational goals.