Technology has affected our lives in almost every way. One of the most important revolutionary changes technology has redefined our lives is with education. It has changed the way we do business, social interaction and even the way we play due to the dynamic lifestyles being brought by the Internet of Things.
Classrooms now have smart-boards, students have tablets accessible as learning tools, and technology today makes distance learning and acquiring a degree easier than ever. Furthermore, the technological battle for relevance has even introduced new learning tools in the form of mobile apps, and digital learning platforms such Econet’s Ruzivo.
By Cisco Eng. Shingie Lev Muringi
Many universities across the globe are now offering online degree acquisitions that are equally as accredited as the traditional, offline ones. However, another greatest success story here in Zimbabwe can be seen in the way the Harare Institute of Technology has managed to digitize all its academic syllabuses into a digital learning platform easily accessible by students no matter the geographical location.
Technology continuously improves the way we learn and the speed at which we are able to access huge amounts of information. Here is a quick overview of how technology has affected education and how it might in the near future.
One of the most important aspects of technology in education has been its ability to create a global platform. Education with the help of technology has crossed borders globally and with a seamless transition. Online courses can be accessed by students across the world and people are able to have video conferences to offer a personalized teaching experience. Assessments are now all electronic and web based, making it easier for online students to receive results fast and effectively.
Remember carrying stacks of textbooks from class to class? Well, you can forget that now because textbooks are becoming digital. Students can have access to all of their learning materials in PDF files or online through their educational institutions. These eBooks make studying more affordable and accessible to students, increasing their ability to actually use the materials. This has been a huge shift from the reliance on paper-based books and will continue to revolutionize the way we learn.
You may not think of video games as a learning tool at first, but many of them have actually been designed to help students in many instances. Video games can help stimulate the mind to help with problem solving skills by developing them to be more educationally goal oriented. Even video games that are not educational on the surface may help us learn and gather information.
This also goes along with mobile games. Many students have access to a smart device and are able to solve puzzles or learn on the go. Multimedia tools are also being used to enhance the educational experience. Videos and animation have created learning tools for the more visually oriented students making it more fun and engaging for those who can learn better this way.
Students are definitely becoming more engaged with technology tools because it is what they have grown up with. If you think about how most students in universities have been raised surrounded by video games, new gadgets, and the Internet, then you can understand how important technology has become for education.
Students can access more information quicker from anywhere they might be with the aid of technological tools. What this shows is that the progression will be positive and help globalization of education by creating a common language: new technology. It will be interesting to see what the future holds for our educational systems and how it will adapt to this encouraging trend.