Children these days are learning very differently to their parents, and technology is one of the biggest reasons. To understand this change, parents need to know not just how technology has changed learning methods, but also how this change impacts their children’s educational experience. Here’s a brief look at the technological impact and our students’ perspective of technology.
It’s a known fact that technology affects the way we live, work, play, and learn. Therefore, its entry into the classrooms should come as no surprise. Technology has changed the way knowledge is gathered and shared, resulting in a positive impact on education.
It also means that children are now learning differently to their parents. Often parents miss this point and get anxious when they see their children following different methods of learning than what they themselves had engaged in (as long as they are in line with accepted modes/methods by curriculum boards). However, the fact is that learning methods and expected outcomes have changed in the last few years. Technology has enabled this change, and as more schools integrate technology into their classrooms, the technological impact on education is here to stay.
How Exactly has Technology Transformed Learning?
* Use of Online Resources: Ask a kid a question, and more often than not, he or she will look to google for the answer. The online resources these days dispense information freely and easily, changing the way kids learn. So, learning doesn’t stop when the teacher does. Instead, technology ensures that learning continues, whether at home, when on the move, with parents, and even with friends.
* The increase in the use of Multimedia: Addition of illustration, animation and 3D models to the plain text have made learning a lot more interesting, interactive and in-depth.
* E-books : E-books have reduced the hassle of physically carrying books. They have also made learning a less expensive as well as sustainable to the environment.
* Sharing Information: Sharing information has become the norm. Students share knowledge easily, and this has also changed the way learning takes place. Group projects have become more common and easier to execute and enhances social skills in students
* Accessibility and ease: Education has become more accessible due to technology. It has also made teaching easy through various tools and resources available to the teachers.
How does this Change Impact your Child?
* Your child’s education has become more individualised and personalised: With the help of technology, your child can learn at his or her own pace through tailor-made computer programmes with the help of Artificial Intelligence.
* Your child knows more: Thanks to online resources, not only does your child know more than perhaps you did at this the same age, but your child is also better equipped to step into a working world, surrounded by technology.
* Your child’s teacher is empowered: Technology assists the teachers not just to teach, but also to track students’ progress, and to communicate with parents better. This empowers the teacher and enhances students’ learning. This blog is a simple example of how technology connects teachers, school, and parents. Collaborative learning methods are the norm of the day and help students transcend geographical boundaries and collaborate with groups in other parts of the world.
* Your child becomes an independent learner: Technology pushes for independent learning. Though the teacher’s role is not diminished (in fact, it becomes more important), technology equips students to take charge of their own learning process. This independence ensures a learner’s mindset. It also imbibes Lifelong learning in a child
What do the Kids Think of Technology?
So, what do the kids (the digital natives) think of technology? After all, they are the ones who are directly impacted. We asked a few of our GIGIS students what technology meant to them, and got some interesting and informative insightful answers.
“Technology in the form of digital media helps learning become interesting through audio-visual means. We can now engage in activities and be challenged. Students can research on the internet if they want to get information for assignments and projects given in the class. Earlier, people needed to go through many books to find what they were looking for. Now, information is just a click away. Classroom activities are made easier with technology, and we can get content and designs too on the internet! Learning is more enjoyable.”
(Anantika Srivastava, GIG International School, Class 5)
“According to me, technology in education leads to learning becoming interesting and exciting for students. At GIG International School our teachers use Touch IQ panels in the classrooms. The panels are used to play videos related to concepts, as digital whiteboards for writing, to play presentations and much more. We also have access to laptops and iPads, and use them for reading, research, playing educational games or creating our presentations and documents. Our school helps us learn many things and I enjoy the learning process! ”.
(Theodor Matthews, GIG International School, Class 4)
As we can see, technological immersion comes naturally to children, and they find technologically aided learning exciting and it has enhanced student satisfaction with the learning experiences. Yes, experts do advise the judicious use of technology. With checks and teaching supervision in place, one can safely say that technology has transformed education for the better.