Teaching and teaching methods have undergone vast changes in recent years due to advancement in technology. The use of digital resources is becoming more and more common and teachers are often taking recourse to electronic tools like computers and iPads to impart education in place of conventional classroom teaching.
New Avenues to Explore for Communication and Collaboration
Technology has expanded opportunities for collaboration and communication. While classrooms have traditionally been isolated places and communication in a classroom has been limited to the students sitting physically in that class, technology has now enabled forms of collaboration and communication that were previously never thought as possible.
Students are now able to share what they learn in school with students at other schools not just in their own state or country but in schools in other parts of the world as virtual classrooms are a new reality, connected to each other via the internet. Teachers can attend electronic conferences with fellow teachers from around the world to discuss and share ideas, all of which is made possible by electronic or video communication tools like Skype.
Use of Technology-Based Tools makes Learning Easier
It has now become possible for students to collaborate with each other on various group projects through the use of technology-based tools like Google Docs and Wikis. Technology enables new ways to learn a subject, of working collaboratively and communicating.
The roles of learners and teachers in classrooms have also undergone a significant transformation due to technology. While teachers were previously the principal source of information for a student, this place has now been taken by the internet.
Instructional Material can now be developed or accessed Online
Teachers and students now use technology together in order to gather information that is relevant to the subject that is being taught. Technology has made it easier for teachers to develop instructional materials as well.
Teachers can now use smart devices like smartphones and computers in order to connect to the internet and access electronic instructional material that can be imparted via this media itself in the form of video classes or email. Instructional material can also be re-sent should students fail to receive such material in the first place.
Thus, technology has truly transformed the way in which education is imparted and has enabled from people living quite far away from each other to be connected to each other in the same learning setup.