Can technology be used to transform schools?

Can technology be used to transform schools?

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Over the past few decades, information and communication technology revolution has changed many sectors. The education sector especially has undergone a fast transformation due to technological advancement. It has given the education system a new dimension and transformed the way students learn, especially in the last two years during the pandemic.

The intervention of technology in academic processes increased during COVID-19. Various effective digital learning tools like virtual classrooms, videos, smart boards, smartphones, and other technological tools have truly enhanced the learning experience for both students and teachers.

However, to deliver authentic learning experiences and fully realize the advantages of technology in education, school leaders and educators must understand and properly integrate technology into their work. 

How technology benefits education?

1. Easy Access to Learning

Online education allows a wide range of students to participate. A vast ocean of knowledge becomes available not only to students, but also to educators and parents.

2. Better communication and higher involvement

Interaction can be encouraged via educational technologies. Students can interact with one another throughout lessons in addition to engaging with teachers. Students can reach solutions through online classes and educational activities. Learning may no longer be limited to the conventional classroom schedule and environment as a result of the usage of technology. This enables learning to take place anytime, anyplace and at a speed that is convenient for the students.

3. Building blended learning among students

Attractive digital content helps in increasing curiosity among children, which is helpful in improving their academic performance. Especially students who want to learn math and reading subjects more effectively. Students can engage with peers from across the world or add films to their assignments, for instance. NEP also focuses on blended learning to make learning more interesting.

4. More opportunities for teachers

Technology provides a wealth of tools to improve student learning in the classroom, parent communication, and professional growth. It also offers opportunities for professional development via online courses and programs. Additionally, there are websites where educators can assist and encourage one another.

Also Read: How teachers can use the best tools and resources available to create a modern classroom?

 

Challenges in implementing Educational Technology

The following challenges may make educators think twice about implementing educational technology:

Financial issue:  Most school administrators find it unsafe to invest in costly digital devices when they are already using affordable conventional teaching equipment.

Lack of professional training: Most schools have access to various digital equipment but educators need the proper training to use it. Lack of confidence makes them continue following the conventional method.

Network availability: A lot of schools in rural areas lack access to a good internet connection to run e-learning causing administrators to avoid using technology in the classroom.

Though there are difficulties in equipping the school with technology, implementing it may enhance learning outcomes. Free internet resources, offline e-contents, individualized learning materials, and chances for advanced learning benefit parents, teachers, and students alike. School districts can adopt new technologies with the knowledge that they are making a wise investment in the future of their students.

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