Inventions previously introduced into society by computer technology have impacted societal transformation, with the mobile phones, internet and social media platforms being the most recent ones to reach the populations.
It is now an everyday occurrence to reach anyone, anywhere with the use of these recent creations. The use of smart prostheses, for example, on someone who previously could not walk after an accident, is not as widely recognized, but it is nonetheless prevalent. Simulations of individuals walking or running, for example, have aided in the development of important types of prostheses.
Similarly, we can easily identify how computer technology has drastically shifted the lines of educations.
Computer technology and Education
Computer technology has transformed the classroom from a teacher delivering passive education using a “chalk and chalkboard” to a student-centered, discovery learning environment that employs a range of computer and Internet tools. Computer technology has enabled disadvantaged students in locations such as rural areas, who could not previously engage in traditional instruction, to benefit from an everywhere, anyplace mindset for the delivery of educational programs.
With the help of a government-sponsored educational project called Edutech 2000, technology is now becoming a component of the classroom in Barbados. This program offers instructors and students with training in Information and Computer Technologies (ICTs) in order to create the country’s future workforce and guarantee the country has the necessary abilities to compete in the worldwide market.
In most nations nowadays, the standard public school curriculum includes some computer technology training, computer literacy skills, and software familiarization. Computers are available in most public schools throughout the Caribbean and portions of Africa. Technology is being utilized to supplement education and improve the technical knowledge and abilities of both students and teachers.
The use of computers to supplement classroom learning has elicited conflicting views. Some instructors embrace it, while many oppose it because they lack the necessary abilities to use the tools effectively. Change will need additional time, resources, and teacher professional development. The Commonwealth of Learning supports the Open School Movement and the use of information and communication technology (ICT) to assist education and student learning. Check it out.
With the advancement of computer technology and the introduction of the Internet, online universities have flourished. Indira Gandhi National Open University, National Open University of Nigeria, Athabasca University, and the Open University of the United Kingdom are examples of totally online universities. Millions of students throughout the world may learn anywhere and at any time thanks to online institutions and similar organizations.
Working professionals may now pursue their education without having to travel while still retaining fulltime job and a reasonable standard of living.
However, there are also drawbacks to such online activities, such as a lack of opportunities for human engagement and sociability. Many online students report feelings of loneliness. Although the inclusion of online discussion forums and chat capabilities has helped to alleviate some of the misinterpretation and miscommunication associated with text messages and phrases, there is still a problem with misinterpretation and miscommunication associated with text messages and phrases.
The online learning environment is gradually adopting new technologies such as Podcasts, social networking software such as Facebook, instant messaging software such as Skype, and web conferencing services such as Elluminate. Web 2.0 tools are bridging the social gap and increasing chances for interaction with peers, learners, and others in educational communities.
I think you can see by now that much of the world cannot survive without some type of computer technology in their lives. But, does this mean that computer technology is now even controlling the education sector?
During the late 1980s and 1990s, the Internet invaded our lives, but we cannot say it was a bad thing. I’d say it brought a happier and brighter change in our lives. But, can the same be said today about the changes brought upon the education sector?