It’s not without reasons that we say that we live in the digital world—a world primarily driven by technological brilliance. This brilliance is evident in every field. The field of education has been blessed by brilliance as well. The modern education system is not like what it was maybe 20-25 years back. Technology has a lot to play in today’s education system.
The world of knowledge is more easily accessible than ever. Gadgets like tabs and laptops are part of almost every learner’s scheme of things today. Physical form of knowledge i.e. books and places like libraries are now irrelevant and will soon become extinct. So basically this digital way of education is what the future holds. But is this all good? Now, this is debatable, as conflicting perspectives have been presented in this matter.
The use of technology in classroom has completely revamped the way of teaching. In the past decade especially in the early 2000’s this was a major revolution as schools started resorting to stronger implementation of technology. Now teachers can use internet to demonstrate concepts that students struggle to understand. Computers, internet and projectors are now used to demonstrate and simplify different subjects. Apart from simplifying subjects, with the help of computers a school can keep a student database and this allows them to track student performance and thereby identify areas that need attention.
Thanks to the availability of organized information, schools can easily inform the parents about progress (or the lack of it).
The Flip Side
Yes, there are some drawbacks even if it sounds incongruous. Extensive use of technology is taking the soul out of the education system. Let’s take mathematics as example.
This is a subject that has troubled students over the years. Maths classes used to be a challenge for students– the homework that they submitted was scrutinized by teachers. But today many classes are shifting towards online homework. Now the problem with online homework is, there is no scope to see how they are solving the problem. A student only has to put the answer. So, currently a student is being evaluated on the basis of the answer not the entire process and this is shifting a student’s focus from understanding a problem and solving it to merely answering it.
Another big problem here is the extensive use of software. At first, teachers used PowerPoint presentation, different charts and even simple flash programs to help them in lessons but they also offered their own perspective on that particular subject. But today, teachers solely rely on the presentations and even sometimes they only read the presentation without discussing it further.
The integration of technology with education has no doubt changed information dissemination in a major way. But the use of technology without any limit can really damage its effectiveness. The way teachers are relying on technology puts their credibility in doubt which is never right. The solution here could be, making both students and teachers understand how technology can enhance their learning experience rather than becoming an escape route.