When the topic of technology and education gets brought up, most people expect one to talk about the negative effect. For instance, how children are now less focused due to the fact that their gadgets and devices have made the real world too dull for them or the fact that they use in-class time to browse the internet. On the other hand, it’s simply unfair to blame the tool for not being used correctly. When properly utilized, technology can give education a considerable boost and here are five simple examples of how this works.
Greater reliance on technology
If one was learning to be a doctor, a lawyer or a translator, in the past they had to memorize an insane amount of information that could come in handy at a given moment. Nowadays, a doctor can just type in a symptom into their smartphone and get a brief rundown of potential illnesses. The same goes for translators looking for a given word or lawyers who trying to find a certain paragraph, relevant for their case. While some may refuse to resort to these techniques out of pride, keep in mind that your main goal is to provide an exceptional service (even save a life in the case of a medical doctor). Therefore, this is a competitive edge that you can’t afford to ignore.
Risk-free trial and error
Some industries avoid active practice, seeing as how such a thing is expensive and potentially dangerous. Now, imagine if a future pilot was able to sit in a cockpit on their first day of flying school without the fear of dying or crashing this insanely expensive piece of equipment. Sure, organizations like NASA have been employing simulation programs for ages now, yet, with the rising trends of AR and VR, these simulations will soon be both frugal and omnipresent. Architecture and similar fields are to follow the trend.
Online aided education
The next issue we need to mention is the importance of online education. Here, we’re not just talking about online courses but also about the issue of learning materials, instructions, tips, and Q&As. While an online course may help you acquire a skill that would otherwise be unavailable regionally, learning material platforms and tools like WACE notes can help one out even with traditional education. As for any scientific research, most university students have access to legitimate educational databases where they can find access to surveys, research and scientific papers that are relevant to their industry.
An incredible diversity
The next major benefit that comes from this crossover between technology and education is the fact that the internet has diversified the number and type of courses to an extreme level.
In the past, in order for a course to be cost-effective, it had to have enough people willing to commit their time and resources to it. Nowadays, on platforms like Fiverr, you can have people teach you minor skills for as little as $10 per hour. We’re talking about graph-building and even how to be better at a certain video game.
Finally, the facility and user-friendliness of information sharing are on the next level. Earlier on we talked about online notes. Well, there’s nothing easier than making a group on Facebook, adding everyone attending the same course as you are and sharing the information this way. Even the teachers can join in, thus getting a platform to share the presentation that they’ve specifically made and used for this particular lesson. If anyone has any questions, they can just ask away on a Skype group and get an instant reply. Some professors may even decide to give their students their personal, social media contact so that they can use the IM service as an efficient communication channel.
The best thing about this link between technology and education lies in the fact that those who are interested in learning now have unlimited possibilities. This means that it all comes down to motivation and proper guidance, which is a topic for another time.