As the world continues to develop at a rapid pace, technological advancements seem to have penetrated every sector in the world. With its involvement in education, children are having to adopt new learning methodologies.
Education and technology
Education is regarded as an important possession in society. The acquisition of this medium opens avenues for opportunities needed to prosper in life. Education is crucial in shaping the mindsets of the younger generation. From teaching methodologies to the syllabi being taught, each and every element is pivotal in influencing ideologies.
The introduction of technology took the modern society by a storm. Its entrance into mainstream media meant that people would begin integrating technology into their daily routine. Technological intervention in education has challenged the barriers of learning. Unlike traditional systems, modern education systems provide access to unlimited sources of information for students.
Technology’s impact on student learning
The encouragement of limitless learning signaled the introduction of diverse career paths for students to get engaged in. Classrooms can accommodate more students than ever through hybrid learning. The introduction of video sources and vivid imagery has meant that students are able to engage with their respective topics on a much deeper level.
Technology can also aid students’ critical thinking skills. By introducing online games and interactive lectures, students can employ the topics they have learnt in the classrooms. By using videos, learning transitions, from sitting attentively to a more hands-free approach. Technology has also influenced the development of new infrastructure.
Law professors, for example, can acquire various cases from the internet. These cases can then be used within university built moot courts. Within these moot courts, students can analyze the case and present arguments using various law methodologies that they have learnt throughout their curriculum. This assists students in learning how to behave in a professional setting while also teaching them the need for collaborative efforts in work environments.
Unsurety in advancement
While technology is known to stem various benefits in terms of learning and adapting, the downsides of these advancements should not be undermined. According to a 2019 report published by Common Sense Media, 8–12-year-olds average under 5 hours of screen time every day. Teenagers rank even higher with an average of over 7 hours a day. This numeral forecast is expected to be much higher given the report was published 4 years ago.
This amount of exposure is, no surprise, unhealthy for kids. Such an addictive indulging routine minimizes the amount of human interaction received by these kids. With kids being taught to be device-dependent during their developing years, the difficulty encountered by them during their adulthood years would know no repair.
Trudging the road ahead
Consumption of videos and unnecessary media outlets crushed the developmental rates of children. By being completely dependent on their devices for consumption, students fail to make use of some of the interactive and helpful tools present such as drawing, coding, educational video games, etc. The technological wave of innovation has ushered in new ways of acquiring development. However, the path ahead needs to be scouted before trudging any further into the depths of advancement.