Use of Technology in Education: Myth vs Reality
Education is the single most powerful tool that can shape a child perspective on almost everything. It is critical that children have access to quality education irrespective of their proficiency levels or where they are located.
Digital revolution and boom in smartphone adoption in India have brought in a lot of changes in a sector in the last few years. Technology is moulding the way children learn across age groups. It has charted out a whole new way of learning for the younger generations. Education through technology thus has become vital for children of all grades.
While the recent developments in the edtech space in India have started addressing the major concerns, the real impact of technology in education, which can truly be phenomenal, is still to be realised.
Use of technology in education introduces the following possibilities:
- Personalise learning to suit the style and pace of every student
- Offer access to quality education to every student across geographies
- Empower teachers to use innovative methods and new-age tools to explain complex concepts
- Gamification of concepts help enable children both in lower and higher grads to understand it better
- Enables high engagement levels as it encourages students to learn and question and understand concepts rather than just answering them
- Enables retention of concepts for life as student learn better when it is explained visually
Despite the undeniable impact of educational technology in today's world, there is a long way to go. While several schools and several thousands of parents have embraced the importance of edtech, some are still concerned about use of technology in education and how it will impact their children.
Here are some misconceptions against learning via technology and the reality behind it:
MYTH 1: Smartphones are only used for Playing and not for learning
Reality: Smartphone adoption in India has created a revolution in education, becoming the gadget of choice for smart, easy, engaging and effective learning. Smartphones offer a range of options for children - games, cartoons or educational videos. Today, children are comfortable with smartphones and offering the right educational content through this medium will ease them into learning on their own. When learning co-exists with playing, it reinforces the fact that learning can be fun and easy.
MYTH 2: Physical Presnce of the Teachers is Must to teach the concepts to the Students
Reality: While classroom learning is imperative, it often follows a one-size fits all approach, where learning is not personalised to a student's individual needs and abilities. Using technology and data sciences to create customisable education modules allows learning to be extremely personalised and ensures that needs of individual students are met.
MYTH 3: E-Learning is the only process that isolates the students
Reality: E-learning is not a process carried out in isolation. On the contrary, it offers students innovative ways to engage and interact with mentors and fellow students. Gamification of courses make learning fun, easy and interactive, helping students to take online tests to compete with students located across the globe.
MYTH 4: Students need contstant motivation while learning through technology as they get easily distracted
Reality: In the traditional learning atmosphere, students are trained to solve questions and not ask questions. The focus has been on complete spoon-feeding, rather than encouraging children to learn on their own. This creates a dip in interest levels and allows room for distraction. Technology on the other hand encourages students to think and learn independently by offering them an engaging, immersive experience and newer ways to explore concepts. When children love learning, they will not need to be monitored constantly.
MYTH 5: E-Learning is an additional burden to the students
Reality: E-learning makes learning visual and contextual which is more effective in helping students understand concepts better and faster. It also offers a great amount of flexibility. Students can access their lessons and educational content whenever they want. This helps them organise their day and accommodate time to play and other extra-curricular activities.
MYTH 6: Online Learning is a fad. Children will forget in the due course of time.
Reality: Online education is one of the most engaging forms of learning. With students increasingly finding technology useful and effective for learning, it is clear that edtech is here to stay and will make a huge difference to how kids learn.
Overall, online learning is not just offline learning taken online. It is a process of making learning more engaging and effective with the power of technology, so as to appeal to children across ages, geographies and proficiency levels. Use of technology in the Indian education system can truly revolutionise the way India learns. If this can be implemented in the formative learning years of children, the impact can be huge.