There is hardly any field where technology has not left its mark. Technology has come as a boon for everyone, especially in the times of the pandemic when the world was at a halt and technology was the only thing that kept the world going.
Among the many things that did not come to halt during the pandemic, one was education. Thanks to technology, conducting online classes was feasible which made the process of education as comfortable as possible when the world was going through a very difficult time. Something is better than nothing, it is said and it is indeed very true! Having the process of education going on somehow during the pandemic was a lot better than putting a complete stop to education. It is because of technology that a lot of avenues have opened up in terms of education like distance learning, online teaching and a lot more, making the process of education more convenient and accessible for people.
Technology is indeed removing a lot of barriers that were previously there in the process of education. Let us see how technology is solving the problems in the education industry.
- Visualisation: Children tend to understand things in a better way if they are taught with visualisations. Presentations and video recordings of topics along with descriptive illustrations keep the concepts cemented into children’s minds and make them understand things in a better way. Also, they are interesting and catchy to look at which makes the learning process a lot more interesting and effective.
- No overcrowded classes: Some children tend to feel uncomfortable in overcrowded classes. Overcrowding is not only a problem for students but teachers as well. With everything going online teachers have the option to take classes digitally where everyone can learn from the comfort of their home without having to worry about travelling to faraway places and studying in an overcrowded classroom. Sometimes distance also becomes a barrier for some of the children who are not able to travel to faraway places of study because the distance is very long. The various distance learning courses and the option available to teachers to take online classes completely eradicate this barrier and make the learning process a lot more convenient and accessible.
- Innovative methods of teaching: Teaching through videos and audio which have interesting sounds and illustrations makes it very easier for children to grapple with the concepts and understand them with clarity. Technology has opened up multiple options for innovative teaching which is a lot better than conventional teaching methods.
- Fun with learning: Learning has become a very fun process rather than a boring one. Gone are the times when learning through books was the only process of learning. With the help of technology various new methods of learning are emerging like learning through games, learning quizzes, video games etc. which have made the learning process very exciting and fun for children.
- Uninterrupted access to information: With internet access, students now have access to a plethora of information about everything. Students in rural areas are lagging in a lot of skills because they don’t have access to the internet. Efforts are being made to make the internet more accessible in rural areas as well so that the students there can also have access to any type of information that they want to have.
- Personalisation of learning:The goal of personalised learning is to tailor instruction to the unique needs, interests, and skills of each learner. Each student receives a study plan based on their prior knowledge and preferred learning styles. Imagine a classroom where there isn’t a “one size fits all” approach to teaching in order to get an understanding of what individualised learning is. Not every student is taken through the same lessons by the teacher. Instead, the instructor leads each pupil on a unique trip. Each student’s strengths, skills, needs, and interests are taken into account when determining the what, when, where, and how of their education.
Some talents may be learned by students at varying rates. However, their learning programmes continue to keep students on schedule to satisfy school requirements.
This is just the beginning. There is a lot more coming up in the upcoming years. Technology is going to change the face of education entirely and make the process of learning and imparting education very different from what it is today.
Views expressed above are the author’s own.
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