Modern Technology In Education

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A famous personality and an inspirational educator of his time, Ivan Welton Fitzwater had said- “The future of the world is in my classroom today.” Now we might not be aware of the context in which he said that quote, but I am sure we could relate it to the ample amount of resources and the presence of a teacher in the classroom which makes it the leading door to various avenues of the future. With the advent of the technological era, the education industry has seen an inclusion of another important member to the classroom- the computer. While the traditional classroom witnessed a whiteboard-marker usage for interaction and knowledge transfer between the teacher and the student, the modern classroom goes beyond the basic routine and allows the flow of knowledge through projectors, laptops and tablets. The mere difference in the medium has made a huge impact in the dynamics of a classroom, with more advancements yet to come.
Even though many stakeholders are involved in the education industry, we tend to focus mainly on students and the benefits they reap out of the whole technological explosion in recent times. But this article is going to shift its focus to another stakeholder without which the entire education industry would collapse in the first place- the teacher/educator/professor. The introduction of technology in classrooms has proved to be beneficial for the knowledge providers because of so many reasons. The first and foremost reason to highlight would be the increased connectivity and interaction between various educationalists across the world, thus aiding discussion of new ideas as well as working on providing a similar curriculum to students across nations. Not only does this help the students in gaining broad exposure in their fields of study but it also helps the teachers to show their field expertise on a wider platform. The second most important advantage of technology in the classroom is the provision made for teachers to teach their students in the most creative ways; with videos, illustrations, animations or presentations. These files can also be shared with the students, thus saving time wasted on repeating concepts and focusing more on the application part. Further, it makes teaching, guiding, sharing, testing and analyzing students in class very convenient for the teachers through online portals which provide advanced student analytics; both individual and group statistics. What’s even better is that technology saves paper wastage and has helped institutes go paperless by providing the possibility of conducting online examinations and mock tests and providing test scores instantly, thus reducing the laborious task of manually checking papers for the teachers.
To summarize, technology has paved way to a newer, broader and an innovative alternative to supplant the conventional classroom space and in doing so, it has simultaneously provided additional perks and benefits for the teachers and the students directly participating in the classrooms during study hours. It has simplified the teaching process and is currently performing the role of a guide as a tool to aid the easy transfer of knowledge. In the upcoming time, technology will reform the scenario of the existing modern classrooms too towards even more technologically advanced interfaces and mediums of learning and testing students on the basis of what they have learnt. The process might be slow but change is slowly happening and it’s visible.