Impact of Technology on Education

Technology is a gift of God. After the gift of life it is perhaps the greatest of God’s gifts. It is the mother of civilizations, of arts and of sciences. – Freeman Dyson

Technology has certainly changed the way we live. It has impacted the different facets of life and redefined living. Undoubtedly, technology plays an important role in every sphere of life. Several mundane manual tasks can be automated, thanks to technology. Also, many of the complex and critical processes can be carried out with ease and efficiency with the help of modern technology. Thanks to the manifold positive effects of technology, the fields of education and industry have undergone a major change and sure, they have changed for the better.

Computers and the Internet technology have revolutionized the field of education. The importance of technology in schools cannot be ignored. In fact, with the onset of computers in education, it has become easier for the teachers to render knowledge and for the students to grasp it. The computer technology is used to add a fun-element to education. And it goes without saying that the Internet has endowed education with interactivity.

The computers offer an interactive audio-visual media. PowerPoint presentations and animation software can be used to render information to the students in an interactive manner. The visual effects provided by the animation and presentation software result in inviting greater interest from the students. Moreover, these softwares serve as visual aids to the teachers. Overhead projectors and screens facilitate a simultaneous viewing of information by a large number of students. These audio-visual teaching aids have brought about marked improvements in student attendance and attentiveness. Interactive media have proven to be useful in enhancing the concentration levels of students. This underlines the importance of computer teaching against textbooks.

The web is a huge information base. The Internet can be used an effective tool for acquiring knowledge. All a web user needs to do is to key in search queries to search engines, which are prompt to present him/her with millions of search results. There are several informative websites and web directories that offer information on a wide variety of subjects. Students can use the Internet to gain all additional information they need to enhance their knowledge base.

Today, computer education is a part of school and college curricula. Considering the wide range of applications of the computer technology, it is necessary for each one of us to befriend computers. Considering the advantages of the Internet technology, it is important for each of us to gain a basic knowledge of Internet access and connectivity. We live in a technology-age and hence, it is extremely important for us to introduce ourselves to the new inventions and discoveries that have made a difference to our daily life.

Online education and distance learning have given a new dimension to the field of education and higher learning. Today, students do not necessarily need to be physically present in classrooms. Many educational institutes offer online courses to their students. Most of the schools and colleges offer online assignment submission facilities. Students can submit their homework and test assignments through the Internet. Many universities offer online education programs wherein the students can interact with their teachers over the web, access reference material from the University website and earn degrees online!

The importance of science and technology in education cannot be stressed enough. The introduction of technology in the educational field has made the process of learning and knowledge sharing, an interactive and fun-filled activity. Technology is indeed one of God’s greatest gifts to mankind.

By Manali Oak
Published: 1/14/2009


2 thoughts on “Impact of Technology on Education

  1. Technology is changing the way we teach our students everyday. New types of technology is added and new ways of doing things have been created. As a second grade teacher, I sometimes worry about how much technology is stressed at times. I use technology in my classroom on a daily basis but sometimes I need more time to teach the “basics” rather than teaching how to use technology to do it. For example, next week I am having my students write a biography of a family member. Our district requires it be a technology integrated experience, so my students will be creating a powerpoint book. Most of my writing time will be spent showing students how use powerpoint rather than how to write a biography and include the necessary components of the genre.

    I cannot complain about technology since I am currently enrolled in an online degree program as you have mentioned. I most likely would not be going for this degree if I could not attend online. Teaching is very time consuming so I would prefer not to drive to a classroom and spend more time away from my home and family.

    I do agree that technology is a motivator for most students. My second graders think practicing their math facts is a bore. However, if I put flashcards up on the smartboard where they can interact with technology, I do not hear any complaining. Since technology is a big part of the future of my students, I am glad I can start them at a young age and help them learn how technology can enhance their lives.

  2. I would like to comment on the part of this blog that refers to the internet being a huge information base. I agree that the internet has a lot of information to offer students. However, it is important for students to understand how and when to use certain types of knowledge. As described in this blog, you type topics into the search engine. However, it is not as simple as that when looking for quality or certain modes of information. Students need a better understanding of how and what to search for before they use the internet as a reputable source. For example, if they are researching the country of Denmark, the students should focus on what types of information they are looking for. Do they want to know the population, where it is located, or how many olympic medals the country won? Do they want a blog, a map, or an official site for the country? We have a strong responsibility to assist students in the classroom on how to narrow down the massive amounts of information that it can provide for them.

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