We have heard a lot about the implementation of technology in education. But what are the benefits of educational technology itself, and how will it impact the way students learn?
Its benefits have been divided into broad categories to make it easier to understand the various advantages of educational technology.
Performance and Attention
Learning through digital media has become part of the lifestyle of recent generations. Children and youth learn faster and more effectively when they can interact with the learning subject matter. Students do not only know when they hear their teacher talk about the subject matter. The various technological resources that assist the teacher in and out of the classroom significantly help students concentrate and learn faster. A student at Harvard University told me, “The development of technology has helped me write my paper in the political field. One of the benefits is the availability of information through new technologies.
Among the advantages of educational technology, we note that teachers can better track the development of each of their students. It is thanks to the resources provided by more and more digital tools. How does it work? The number of resources the educational software has can correct answers and measure the user’s amount of time. It will allow you to evaluate each student and see which areas or subjects they perform better and need help or reinforcement.
Everyone learns differently. Many know best visually, others kinesthetically (through movement and experience), and some are more auditory. Until a few years ago you could only learn in schools and institutes in one way. One had to sit at a desk and listen to the subject teacher talk about a topic, sometimes with the help of a blackboard, for 45 minutes to 2 hours. For some, this method of teaching worked perfectly, but for many others, not so much. How many children must have been considered to have learning problems when, in fact, they learned better in a different way?
It is undeniable that videos and visual formats help a large proportion of the population understand better. On the other hand, seeing movement and interacting helps others a lot. Indeed, it is becoming increasingly important and necessary to recognize that many students learn and grasp information better in a different way than the old education model.
There are high-performing institutions that create their content and learning methods, thanks to the tools provided by educational platforms. The institutions apply it with their students and, once they observe their success, they share it with other schools. In itself, educational technology allows the creation of proprietary content that can be shared with colleagues. The content can be enhanced and then shared with other institutions.
Technology allows teaching and learning to become more meaningful.
Accessibility and Immediacy
Finally, among the most obvious benefits of implementing technology in education is content. Both teachers and students can access a more significant amount of more varied and high-quality content. It goes beyond being able to access content on the web within the same institutions. More and more software and programs are designed to educate and increase students’ academic performance.
Also, there are different virtual libraries available to the institutions that have high quality updated content, which encourages their students because they do not need to waste time searching and verifying the credibility of the information they find on the web and reduces the possibility of falling into the temptation of reviewing social networks or other leisure topics that have nothing to do with the subject.
We could include that educational technology has broken down barriers that were previously considered immovable. There is no need to move to a learning center or follow a strict class schedule that often starts before 8 AM. But, these last benefits will depend to a great extent on how the institutions wish to carry out this issue once distance education is no longer mandatory and students and teachers can return to their study centers.
We hope that this article on the advantages of educational technology has helped you better understand this aspect of the digital transformation of education and the classroom. Information technologies in the educational process, as a rule, are considered in three parts: as an object of study, as a way of learning, and as a tool for automating learning activities. The emergence and widespread use of multimedia technologies and the Internet make it possible to use information technology to communicate, educate, and integrate into the global community.
A set of classical and modern ways of introducing information technologies into the educational process is the basis for a new unified concept of education. The essence of it consists in realizing the potential of information technologies for the personality-centered formation of the participants of the teaching process: students and teachers. Informational educational environments provide an opportunity to implement a significant part of the capabilities of modern technology in the educational process.