Now technology is completely changing the education system. In the US, most public schools already have computers for every student; these institutions spend over $3 billion/year on digitizing the way students learn and assimilate information. Right now, the United States is fighting to craft convenient broadband internet and cost-free online teaching resources, thus providing access to information to students in rural areas as well as to those who study from home. For the first time in history, the year 2015-2016 is dominated by digitized tests in elementary and middle grade schools. Old-fashioned tests are no longer the norm.
A booming ed-tech Industry
Now Technology is here to stay, and increasingly more people are noticing that the education system is changing. The booming ed-tech industry is currently centered on startups and corporate titans fighting to build advanced hardware and software, thus helping students benefit from the perks of advanced technology at school. However, in spite of current advances most teachers are reluctant when it comes to going tech on learning modes. Given that the most experienced are currently in their 40s and 50s, they can’t really wrap their heads around how technology can help students study better. Most of them don’t (or can’t) change their teaching methods.
Controversy surrounding e-learning
There’s a lot of controversy surrounding current e-learning methods. Some people even doubt that online learning has better outcomes than conventional learning. A lot of parents have already expressed their concerns, and many don’t agree that technology has a good influence on their kids. In fact, they see smart devices are digital distractions that are rather interfering with a student’s ability to study. Truth be told, when used improperly technology can do more harm than good in the classroom. Allowing pupils to use computers, laptops ad tablets to access social media sites and games is a huge no-no.
The great potential of personalized learning
Officials in the ed-tech field consider that new technologies are a powerful tool in schools and universities. However, it’s up to professors and teachers to limit a student’s access to the web, and persuade them to stay focused. This is where personalized learning comes in; it is a method based on a “learner’s profile” that assess a student’s weaknesses, strengths, goals and preferences. Increasingly more educational institutions are emphasizing that a student should follow a personalized learning path meant to encourage them to set up and handle personal academic goals. The learning environment should be a lot more flexible. It should allow a student to make a choice, pick a subject that’s the most interesting, and focus on mastering that subject using technology.
Digital learning improves student outcome
In spite of today’s technological progress, the biggest issue remains implementation. Educators and schools across the US continue to fight with how balancing digital learning with traditional methods. Numerous school systems have already embraced ed-tech; and increasingly more students today have their own notebook, laptop or digital tablet. In 2013 and 2014, US schools bought over 23 million smart gadgets for classroom use. Chromebooks and iPads are favorite devices because they’re inexpensive and easy to handle even by the most inexperienced students.
Access to Information
When used right, technology can become a “force multiplier” for professors. However, many don’t accept advanced technology in the classroom. Whether we like or not, tablets and laptops offer access to more information. They help both students and teachers save precious time, and thus focus on matters that actually matter in the class. Rather than spend hours in a library looking for a book, and then make tens of copies for all students, it is a lot easier to give student a tablet and allow them to download that book for free in a few minutes.
Furthermore, technology gives access to all kinds of useful websites, video tutorials, and others resources. It can help a student understand a process a lot better after seeing a video, rather than read that process over and over again, and attempt to understand it mechanically. The web is packed with web pages that help a student write papers, or access already-made essays and get inspired. Why should teachers be against technology when the resources it can offer are so useful?
By Paul Trevino and Educater.co.uk!