​6 Ways Technology Has Transformed Education

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Technology is like a trend that will always bring something new to the table and will have the world talking about it whether it’s good or bad. But let it never ever be said that technology hasn’t positively impacted a number of industries for as long as we can remember, especially that of education.

We’ve witnessed how technology has eliminated the common barriers to education with the internet, social media and the mobile-first approach and how has ultimately accomplished what traditional education could not; provide global education. And it is thankfully, showing no signs of slowing down.

Let us peer closer at the number of ways technology has simplified modern learning for the world today:

  • Increased Accessibility To Online Courses

One of the trendiest phenomenons of technology and education is the worldwide availability of online schools, courses and programs. Even free classes such as Massive Open Online Courses or MOOCs have become increasingly popular over the years.

Now everyone in the world both young and old, can have an access to courses and programs from reputed global institutions without being troubled by geographical barriers or limitations. In fact, now that this is the case, there is no need to ask for students vie for home tuition classes anymore.

  • Physical Textbooks Are Slowly Becoming Obsolete

If you’ve been watching closely as of late, you will know that many high school and college students are carrying more iPads and other internet-connected devices in their bags than physical textbooks. This means that we aren’t far away from a time where paperback books will no longer exist except in a digital format behind the screens of a tablet.

Tablets present students with a number of advantages over physical textbooks such as:

  • Tablets can hold over 1000s of textbooks in one device. This is a great alternative to carrying dozens of heavy textbooks and journals in your backpack, thus preventing sore backs or other potential injuries.
  • Textbooks on tablets cost 50%-60% less than printed textbooks.
  • Information stored online is immune to physical damages and accidents that printed textbooks endure.
  • Data can be stored and retrieved quickly and easily within seconds. With physical books, there are times that we forget where we keep our journals, files and other documents.
  • More Focus on Personalized Teaching and Learning

With technology becoming ever more prominent in classrooms, teachers are now able to make teaching and learning more personalized for each of their students, especially those with special needs.

As such, teachers and professors are able to distribute personalized lessons to those who are having keeping up with the rest of the class. These lessons and tools have been appropriately designed to help students learn and progress at their own pace.

Teachers are also able to provide feedback and grade the performance of these students directly through these online programs. In addition, parents are also kept in the loop to know how their children are doing.

  • Expansion of Mobile Learning

Given how much the internet has advanced over the last decade or so, access to information and other content has become a common everyday phenomenon from personal computers to our smartphones. In fact, there may also come a time when MOOCs in the future will allow us to access online courses and lessons from our phones.

This allows for a more convenient and portable learning experience where you can learn when you’re taking the bus, the subway train or when you’re coming to school in your own car. You can get instant access to learning content from some of the world’s best teachers and fellow students from various cities and states in one spot without encountering restrictions of any kind.

  • Better Collaboration in Classrooms

Equipped with a tablet or an iPad while being connected to the internet, both students and teachers can easily collaborate with one another on assignments and projects in real-time whether in class or at home.

Peer-to-peer learning has also gained considerable recognition as students can share and exchange their ideas using an assortment of collaboration tools such as Google Docs, Skype and more.

  • Costs Are Greatly Reduced

Finally, one of the most dominating impacts technology has had on education is the number of costs that it has cut down for students, their parents and also institutions.

Apart from reducing costs on buying printed textbooks as we discussed earlier, technology has also reduced printing costs that IT workers have to incur annually. Even professors who opt for digital platforms and tools to customize their courses, can save up to $1,200 per year on textbooks and a bunch of other supplies.

Not to mention lessening the harmful waste from the chemicals in discarded print cartridges that seek to do mother nature extreme harm.

Blended learning is indeed a blessing for schools as the owners can save up money by providing more free space to as many students from around the world and more classes at that.

Author Bio : Laraib Shahzad is a content marketer who specializes in ghost blogging, email marketing campaigns. Currently, she’s working with smiletutor.sg. Laraib also worked with iconic brands like AT&T and other top advertising agencies. She helped hundreds of business owners to define their ideal clients and create a marketing message that speaks directly to those clients.