In this modern technological age we belong to, there are a lot of technological advancements which has helped take education several steps ahead. This development in education is not limited to a single level but cuts across the elementary, high school and college/university education level. From Electronic learning gadgets such as digital screens, computer systems and tablets, to all internet-based learning facilities such as Google and Wikipedia; and other technological gadgets and devices, education has really moved forward than pre-technological days. These technological advancements have impacted education in the following ways among others.
Nowadays, schools no longer need to be bothered about stocking up libraries with hard copies of the latest editions of books. The availability of a computer laboratory and good internet facilities is all the school needs to provide their students with any resource they need to carry out research work for assignments, essays, or term papers. The internet digital encyclopedias are always updated from time to time and textbooks can easily be downloaded in their e-book, e-pub and pdf formats.
Teaching special needs students
A lot of students find it difficult to thrive in the traditional classroom setting. This is more common among students with special health needs and conditions such as Attention Deficit Hyperactive Disorder (ADHD), autism and other health conditions. With the advent of computer technology and e-learning facilities, a lot of computer applications have been designed and developed to introduce such students into the mainstream through digital educational aids. Thus, the gap between special needs and regular students is being bridged continually on a daily basis.
Elementary education system requires the use of games and simulations which imitate everyday life in teaching elementary pupils. Computer application developers are working daily to develop different educational games. These games are able to teach students different things such as spellings, basic math skills such as counting and addition and other educational lessons thereby combining learning with the fun of playing their games.
Access to Information
The internet has been able to bridge the gap between information and students in a great way. The need to source for textbooks before they can access any needed information. The internet has brought all the needed resources right onto the palm of our hands.
Networking and Globalization
In this present age, students from different countries and states do not have a broad avenue to meet one another. But with the invention of technology and social media, students from any part of the world now connect and network with each other through online conferencing and discussion forums without leaving the comfort of their classrooms or homes. For example, if a student needs chemistry homework help he can ask another student to help him with his doubts because of networking.
Students and teachers can now interact with one another through different technological means and the internet. Teachers can stay in contact and pass information about an assignment and lecture schedules through emails and other communication services like Dropbox which can be used to upload and share contents with several people at once.
Online Classroom and Distant Learning Education
Online seminars play a very important function in amplifying student knowledge base. Schools no longer need to break banks in order to organize field trips for practical purpose. Students can virtually attend lectures and Seminars by different educational institutions and research centers via the internet in the comfort of their homes.
These and many more are the various ways in which technology has brought about developments to education which the society will forever be grateful for.