These days, it is apparent that digital technology is the guiding force for learning and other things in the world. Digital technology has become so popular that it is being used in school systems and embraced by parents, teachers and students. In fact, it does make a lot of sense to adapt to this trend since it has impacted kindergarten to twelfth grade learning and beyond. Digital technology has touched most things in our modern society. Yes, mobile apps and computer programs might have a change in name occasionally, but the same principle remains. There will always be fundamental similarities to the way that the world engages people. The education system is no different. How does digital technology impact the educational institutions and the children who attend? Let’s explore.
In a world of digital technology, students have more to work with. No longer do students have to work alone, but collaboration is possible. When there is an important school project, the library may be out of reach. Students can work as a team from their computers or mobile apps without leaving their homes. Information found online can be shared from a free online dropbox account. Teachers can even ask students to upload their assignments from various online portals instead of printing and handing it in. The framework and ideas for this are limitless and it makes it much easier for everyone.
In addition to the ease in sharing information, students these days have access to research capabilities on the Internet. If someone were to write a paper, there are a wide range of academic databases with electronic access to students. No longer do you really have to go to the library to peruse through thousands of books. The information is only a few clicks away. The key is for educators to show students how to conduct research in less time to get accurate information.
With the access of the Internet, learning can be done remotely. This is true in high school and colleges where it is already taking place. Remote learning, however, calls for discipline and organization. If a student is regularly late on assignments and not ahead of the educational game, then remote learning may not be the right option. However, if a student can maintain his or her grades when participating in online classes, then this is the perfect option, especially for a student who has to hold down a full time job while going to school. There are so many more benefits to online learning that students should take advantage of.
Digital technology also helps teachers to prepare their lesson plans. From research to gathering information for addition to lessons, teachers have a whole lot of options. Almost 73 percent of educators are using mobile apps in their classrooms for student activities. Many teachers even communicate with their peers using social media. One site that gives science teachers ideas for classroom projects is Pinterest. Others are also available and accessible to educators. Technology is a teacher’s and student’s friend. The key is to make use of it.