ROLE OF INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY IN EDUCATION SECTOR
The impact of technology is and can be extremely significant as far as the education sector is concerned. It is only through the use of technology that we can negate the importance of physical presence and reach every child in every corner of this country. This flattening of the world will help us in reaching out to not only various schools and children of the country but the world as well. The use of technology also makes the entire process of learning not only interesting but more impactful as well.
The education sector has, unfortunately, always held a reputation of being a laggard as far as technology adoption goes. However, we cannot ignore the fact anymore that the next gen that we are targeting is tech-friendly. They start on these technological advancements as soon as they are born and are far away from the traditional way of doing things that we are used to. To cater to this audience, one needs to talk to them in their own language, which is technology.
The various interactive methods that are available to us thanks to technology, make the entire learning process not just interesting but easier for the kids also to hook on to subjects and understand them as well. Watching a 3D version of a heart is much more interesting than reading about it.
Even the teachers, who are going to impart knowledge to the future generation, belong to an era, which is breeding and living on technologies like Facebook and Wikipedia. There is no way that we can stop our children from being on these platforms as well. So what is the way out? The only way is to make them responsible enough to use these platforms in the right way.
With many such platforms cropping up every now and then, isn’t it our duty to not only make our children realise their pros and cons but also to make them comfortable with the same? There is so much of content available to kids these days on the Internet. A mine of information from around the world is at their fingertips. With the right kind of education, they can make optimum use of this gift.
Also, schools should make themselves technology friendly, not just for students but for parents as well. Why make them waste their precious time and come and pay school fees in scorching heat? Why can’t they have a day-to-day report online about their child’s progress? The several modules of a school should be automated using technology to make such experiences pleasant for the parents rather than a pain.
One can implement an appropriate ERP system to integrate all functions within the school and make sure that they work seamlessly with each other. It will also provide the school with the capacity to multiply and grow in other cities as well, in a proper fashion.
In the end, I would just like to add that it’s not just about exchanging files and sharing the progress report with the parents. It’s about bringing together the entire system, from the stakeholders to the parents to the students, and making them a part of each other’s life. It can be through forums, chats, social networking sites, etc. The medium is already here, we need to work towards adopting it now.
- Francis Joseph Executive Head-Operations & Strategy, GECOM International
The role of information technology has resulted in the widening of educational access, giving people the chance to study for a qualification or a new career in their auxiliary time. Information technology (IT) has played a major role in extending the grasp of the education sector. More people who are educated, can now access career trainings and even degree courses online. Most universities now suggest lecturers to place their teaching materials online so that students can access them outside of regular lectures and tutorials. Anyone who has a computer and the will to learn can study for a degree and/or a career change (Jeffels, 2010). The students are going to be educated by the use of information technology in educational institutes because information technology provides more creative teaching plan, lesson plan, and instruction to enhance the knowledge of students. Search engines on internet make the research easier and provide up-to-date information and quick search with only a mouse click. The internet also ensures the student that he/she will have accurate and viable information (Randash, 2010). With education becoming more oriented towards practical aspects rather than the theoretical, and with competition among education providers intensifying, institutions across the world are investing heavily in technology to provide their students with faster, clearer and up to-date information. And, in this internet age, when the competition amongst educational institutions has also gone global, Pakistan‟s educational institutions do not want to lag behind. Most of them now use the latest technology, gadgets and software solutions to enhance and enrich the overall learning experience for students; serve the other stakeholders like parents, effectively; and manage their tangible and intangible resources, efficiently (Pandey, 2011).
In the current age we live in, technology has become an important component. Every day there is some new gadget or software that makes lives easier and improves on the technology and software that already exists. Making lives easier is not, however, the only role technology plays in our lives.
Technology is playing an increasing role in education. As technology advances, it is used to benefit students of all ages in the learning process.
Technology used in the classroom helps students adsorb the material. For example, since some people are visual learners, projection screens linked to computers can allow students to see their notes instead of simply listening to a teacher deliver a lecture.
Software can be used to supplement class curriculum. The programs provide study questions, activities, and even tests and quizzes for a class that can help students continue learning outside the classroom.
Technology has also become part of many curriculums, even outside of computer and technology classes. Students use computers to create presentations and use the Internet to research topics for papers and essays.
Students also learn to use the technology available to them in computer and tech classes. This ensures that after graduation they will be able to use the technology in a work setting, which may put them ahead of someone who didn’t have access to a particular technology or software in their own school setting.
As technology advances, students have better access to educational opportunities like these. When something new and “better” is revealed, the “older” technology becomes more affordable, allowing it to be used in educational settings, even when schools are on a tight budget.
Technology has also advanced to help children even before they’ve started school. Educational video games and systems for young children helps them prepare for school and in some cases get a head start on their education.
There are people who may say children are “spoiled” by technology. Instead of being able to add a long column of numbers in their heads, for example, they turn to a calculator. Regardless of these arguments, technology is an important part of today’s society. By incorporating it into the classroom, students will be better equipped to transition from the classroom to the work place.
Article Source: http://EzineArticles.com/1745666
Overall, technology is central to many sectors of society and its integration into the education process has great promise for student learning. With technology, one can expect increased efficiency and effectiveness on both the part of teachers and students. Technology can also prompt pedagogical change and address issues that affect learning, teaching and social organization. Technology can therefore be seen as both a tool and a catalyst for change. Students should embrace technology for them to benefit and teachers should be open to introducing technology into the classroom to improve and innovate their teaching practice.
- With the widespread availability of student databases that are able to track individual progress, teachers are encouraged to identify learning objectives and differentiate instruction based on the needs of their students.
- Whenever teachers attempt to present instruction using technology, they should do so using a channel that is relevant to the objectives, the learning style, mode and the technology selected.
- When evaluating technology-based instruction, there needs to be appropriate evaluation techniques that are in line with the methods of instruction, objectives and the technology.
- Teachers can design follow-up activities when using technology to evaluate students’ learning and the role technology played in that process.
Referrences: 1.https://www.firstpost.com/business/biztech/role-of-technology-in-the-education-sector-1875497.html· 2.http://pakacademicsearch.com/pdf-files/art/1/ijass%20pp.%201294-1299.pdf· 3. http://ezinearticles.com/?The-Role-of-Technology-in-Education&id=1745666· 4.https://edwp.educ.msu.edu/green-and-write/2015/the-role-of-technology-in-the-educational-process/