The stupendous growth of technology has touched virtually every aspect of life, including education. Students, at whatever level, now have access to cutting-edge technologies that can improve their learning experience and make research a little more fun and interesting than the dull drudgery it used to be. More, students can quickly and more efficiently share specific information with peers, teachers, and colleagues with just a click of a button. Below are the most important ways technology has revolutionized studies:
It can be daunting to introduce some convoluted concepts to students without the aid of illustrations. Take for instance a teacher who intends to explain the effect of temperature on molecules. Without the aid of relevant illustrations, the concepts won’t sink in the minds of his students. Thankfully, with the emergence of digital simulators, the teacher can effectively convey the concepts, and students will easily understand. Research has shown that teaching with the aid of models is one of the most effective ways of illustrating changes in chemical, molecular, physical, or biological processes as it ensures students grasp and memorize the idea for a long time to come.
More, the use of digital simulators, laptops, tablets, and other gadgets in the classroom helps to keep students engaged, thus, help them to concentrate. These appliances transform boring subjects to fun and exciting ones and, therefore, improve the student’s retention rate. If a learner doesn’t immediately grasp a concept in class, he can head to the internet, find a live streaming video on the subject, listen, and become more acquainted with the idea.
- Advanced Research
Perhaps the most obvious benefit of technology to learning is the provision for advanced research. Web-based research is all the more possible and efficient with the widespread use of the cloud to store information. You now don’t need to scour tomes of literature to find desired information or data: all you need to do is go online, and you’ll instantly get clues or directions on where to find specific information.
Though libraries are still the in-thing and won’t careen into obsolescence anytime soon, you’ll admit that the kinds of technology that link libraries and sources online have revolutionized methods of conducting research. Thanks to online libraries such as JSTOR, customized search engines such as Google Scholar, and digitized library catalogs, scholars and researchers have unlimited access to a copious amount of essays, publications, articles, and books.
And just in case you are involved in collaborative research, you can scan documents and share them through Dropbox. You may also share audiovisual digital materials in a similar manner. This way, students and researchers can connect and collaborate with like-minded academics in far-flung places.
- Students can learn at their pace
In any class, there are students of different abilities. Some students can quickly grasp new concepts while others need to go over it again before they can finally wrap their minds around it. Such students, the slow learners, can go online after class and watch live videos of teachers teaching the same idea online perchance they’ll understand the idea better. They can also consult their teachers and peers outside school hours through avenues such as email, Dropbox, and WhatsApp.