While a tuning fork is a perfectly acceptable way to demonstrate how vibrations make sound, it’s hard to show students what evolution is, how molecules behave in different situations, or exactly why mixing two particular chemicals is dangerous.
Digital simulations and models can help teachers explain concepts that are too big or too small, or processes that happen too quickly or too slowly to demonstrate in a physical classroom.
Here are few advantages of bringing technology and education together:
Online courses and content are incredibly scalable. Anyone, anywhere, with access to internet can learn his/her favorite subjects/concepts from some of the best teachers and universities in the world nowadays.
Creativity is an art that can be used to make learning more fun. Tools like Projectors, 3D Printers, etc. are being effectively incorporated to foster creativity in classrooms.
With the help of social networks and collaborative educational technologies, it is very useful for students to learn to work together to solve problems and complete projects. Educational technology is surely very effective in inculcating collaborative skills which are very important required for future jobs and innovations.
4. Making Complex Things Easy
Complex ideas and concepts are being communicated through analogies and direct demonstrations with the help of educational technologies like animations, simulations, virtual reality, etc.
5. Breadth and depth
Bringing education and technology together can can widen the knowledge of students and at the same time providing various resources to go in detail of the topic.
Thanks to the advancement in educational technology, now a student can learn at any time he/she wants and at his/her own pace. With the help of technology, we are moving towards a more independent model of learning.
7. Personalisation and Differentiation
Students can now tailor their own educational experience with the vast array of educational technology resources that are easily available to them. Gone are the days of “one size fits all”.
8. Assessment and Evaluation
All forms of assessment – formative, summative and performance, have benefited from the incorporation of technology in education. Feedback is quicker and more detailed.