By Frans Du Plessis
There are few areas in contemporary society where technology has not come to play an integral role. Everything we do, be it at home, school, or in the workplace, has become inexorably intertwined with technology. In fact, our entire existence is fuelled by these electricity-breathing, megabyte-eating, signal-craving organisms. Education has been no exception, and technological innovations in this arena have proven to be a boon to students all over the world.
Whаt іѕ Educational Technology?
Educational technology refers to anything that enhances instruction or learning through a technological manner. It has revolutionized communication between teachers and students, and has transformed the stereotypical blackboard-classroom from being a rather mundane affair, into something much more fun, interesting and exciting. Through the use of computers and software programs, learning materials can now be delivered to students in ways that allow for unprecedented levels of engagement.
The Benefits of Educational Technology
The introduction of technology into the field of education has sprung forth a multitude of benefits, ranging from across-the board improvements in learning speed and style to a dramatic increase in accessibility for students who, for various reasons, are not able to attend traditional lectures. Some other benefits of educational technology includes:
- Greater efficiency in delivering new material to students as and when it becomes available.
- Equality of access to education, regardless of social class or standing.
- New and exciting modes of information delivery; stimulating students and prompting them to engage more fully with subject matter.
- Eliminating borders by connecting students and instructors from all corners of the globe.
- More effective and appropriate ways to address the needs of special students.
The bottom line is that technology has made education better. Better for the students. Better for the teachers. And most importantly, better for learning – which at the end of the day is what education is all about, is it not?