Education and Technology – Now and Then

Education is one aspect of our lives that change is highly beneficial for. Just in the last 50 years, we have come a long way when it comes to improving education systems all over the world, and much of it is due to the technological revolution.

Improvements technology has offered that we didn’t have in the past

Education in the past has very much been left up to teachers alone. They had to write everything on the blackboard, carry different posters and props with them in order to explain better and every preparation of their class had to come straight from their head without any outside help. We can all agree that this system was not efficient and practical, and even time-consuming and exhausting. Today, technology leads the way even in the education sphere. We can see the positive effects on both teachers and students. Teachers are able to organize and prepare their classes easier thanks to the many ideas available online. They can help their students learn better by referring them to a website, documentary or e-book. It definitely saves time and even makes studying more fun. A good thing about using the internet for the school system is that you have access to digital libraries, dictionaries, biographies and much more. Another benefit of digitization is an improvement in administration. Instead of parents or students coming to school and looking for teachers to ask about grades, projects or progress, they can access all of that online. By getting a password, students and parents can log into the school’s account and check everything they want to know.

Specific ways technology has affected education

Although some may think technology has spoiled students by giving them all the information without much work, the truth is far from that. Education today is concentrated more on learning useful things and getting students to be more involved. That is why projects in schools are in the form of research. However, studying and reading still have their place in the whole system. Thanks to the internet, you don’t have to flip through thousands of pages of dictionaries, books, research papers or biographies to find the one piece of information that you need. This significantly saves time, and time is precious for every student. Research papers for science classes, critiques for students of art or literature or helpful advice for law and economy students are all available online. This means that the student will have to read them, and the classic process of studying still remains.

Benefits of technology

With teachers using technology for educational purposes, classes and lectures have become systematized and organized better. Charts, notes, files and presentations are easier to go through and follow than having to use dozens of notebooks, handouts, and papers. One such tool is Think Swap, which allows students to share and access different documents that they, or somebody else, have posted. You can search for different topics or areas of study and also see what other students are studying. Another benefit is that by uploading a topic, Think Swap will recognize it and offer similar research papers or anything else you might need. And don’t worry because it is all safe and checked, so there is no wrong information. One more useful system worth mentioning is Google Drive, where teachers and students can communicate and exchange notes, presentations, projects or portfolios. If, for whatever reason, students can’t come to class or can’t create their own notes, they will have access to everything the teacher has talked about by downloading it from Google Drive.

Education systems have to follow the changes in technology. Our everyday lives are affected by those changes, and they have inevitably entered the education sphere, too. Hopefully, the benefits mentioned in this text were able to explain why technology is so important, provide a better insight into this whole process, and offer new ways of using it that you maybe weren’t aware of.

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