EDUCATION IN THE AGE OF TECHNOLOGY
In the modern world, technology play a major role in human lives despite differences of class, gender, age, religion and others. Along with the many trends in which these new found technologies are being used, I find education to be a demanding trend. At present education is not just limited to class rooms and books. Technology factor impacts the education by providing the students access to, consume and share range of information through the use of computers, smartboards, and iPad (Moyle, 2010). Integrating the technology within the curriculum has transformed the educational system giving students the opportunity and the practice basic content skills by communicating collaborating, thinking critically and effectively (Groff, 2013). Technology provides students with opportunities “ to learn how to learn” as they can access different websites on the internet about topics that effect the world such as famine, poverty, global warming, (Alismail &McGuire, 2015).
The digital learning for example enables the students to think beyond the basic concept of studying by letting them chose their own style of learning. There are interactive learning programmes, videos, research material as open data which, permits active learning. The ability to access these data without time constraints also benefit the individuals to be active learners throughout the day. However, there have been debates about incorporating these new trends with educational programmes due to the distractions and negative effects it may cause.
Technology in educational institutions is becoming a must nowadays because, it helps the educators as well as the learners to actively engage in the topics discussed. For example, online forums and online discussions encourage all students to bring out their ideas freely and Online engagement systems let students to regularly check and to get a feedback. Another example would be, online quizzers which supports and promotes learning by directing the students to measure their own learning. Teachers in this 21st century are encouraged to integrate technology and inquire based experience within the classrooms (Guzey and Roehrig, 2009), where students are given the opportunity to explore and understand the role of digital and design applications. Traditional teaching practices are shifted, so the teachers are seen as the facilitator to support students’ with supportive and encouraging learning experience which are inquire based.Educators are challenged not to only focus on the positive outcomes technology has to enhance the students’ knowledge as “students need to be prepared as skilled and strategic readers, writers and communicators in online environments” (Alismail &McGuire, 2015).
It is inevitable and undeniable not to see the world as a place that is constantly changing at a prominent speed.Technology is one key factor that continue to drive change in Education. Therefore, it is imperative that pedagogical practices and supportive experiences are throughout all curricular subjects to ensure students of the 21st century to become successful and efficient global citizens creating a healthier and a more connected future. Students of the 21st Century should not be victims of these advances , instead use them as vessels to guide and support education.
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