Educational technology is “The study and ethical practice of facilitating learning and improving performance by creating, using, and managing appropriate technology processes and resources”. Educational technology is the use of both physical hardware and educational theoretic.
When technology is integrated into lessons, students are expected to be more interested in the subjects they are studying. Technology provides different opportunities to make learning more fun and enjoyable in terms of teaching same things in new ways. For instance, delivering teaching through gamification, taking students on virtual field trips and using other online learning resources. What is more, technology can encourage a more active participation in the learning process which can be hard to achieve through a traditional lecture environment.
Improves knowledge retention
Students who are engaged and interested in things they are studying, are expected to have a better knowledge retention. As mentioned before, technology can help to encourage active participation in the classroom which also is a very important factor for increased knowledge retention. Different forms of technology can be used to experiment with and decide what works best for students in terms of retaining their knowledge.
Encourage individual learning
No one learn in the same way because of different learning styles and different abilities. Technology provides great opportunities for making learning more effective for everyone with different needs. For example, students can learn at their own speed, review difficult concepts or skip ahead if they need to. What is more, technology can provide more opportunities for struggling or disabled students. Access to the internet gives students access to broad range of resources of conduct research in different ways, which in turn can increase the engagement.
Students can practice collaboration skills by getting involved in different online activities. For instance, working on different projects by collaborating with others on forum or by sharing documents on their virtual learning environments. Technology can encourage collaboration with students in the same classroom, same school and even with other classrooms around the world.
Students can learn useful life skills through technology
By using technology in the classroom, both teachers and students can develop skills essential for the 21st century. Students can gain the skills they will need to be successful in the future. Modern learning is about collaborating with others, solving complex problems, critical thinking developing different forms of communication and leadership skills, improving motivation and productivity. What is more, technology can help develop many practical skills, including creating presentations, learning to differentiate reliable from unreliable sources on the internet, maintaining proper online etiquette and writing emails. These are very important skills that can be developed in the classroom.
Benefits for teachers
With countless online resources, technology can help improve teaching. Teachers can use different apps or trusted online resources to enhance the traditional ways of teaching and to keep students more engaged. Virtual lesson plans, grading software and online assessments can help teachers save a lot of time. This valuable time can be used for working with students who are struggling. What is more, having virtual learning environments in schools enhances collaboration and knowledge sharing between teachers.
The effective use of technology in the education has changed the face of education and it has created more educational opportunities. Both teachers and students have benefited from various educational technologies, teachers have learned how to integrate technology in their classrooms and students are getting more interested in learning with technology. The use of technology in education has removed educational boundaries, both students and teachers can collaborate in real time using advanced educational technologies.
Technology has helped in the growth of mobile learning and long distance learning. The use of internet technology has enabled teachers to reach students across boarders and also students from developing countries have used internet technology to subscribe for advance educational courses. Many universities and colleges have embraced online education by creating virtual classrooms. Online education is flexible and affordable, students can attend classrooms during their free time, and they can also have a chance to interact with other students virtually.
Recent advancements in educational technologies have yields positive results in our education sector. This new educational technology is supporting both teaching and learning processes, technology has digitized classrooms through digital learning tools like, computers, iPads, smartphones, smart digital white boards; it has expanded course offerings, it has increased student’s engagement and motivation towards learning.
ADVANTAGES OF TECHNOLOGY IN EDUCATION:
- Technology Unlocks Educational Boundaries
- Technology Simplifies Access to Educational Resources
- Technology Motivates Students
- Technology Makes Subjects Easy To Learn
- Promotes Individual Learning
- Supports Differentiated Instructions
- Increases Collaboration Between Teachers And Students
- Prepares Students For Tomorrow's Job
- Increases Students Innovations And Creativity
About our guest author -
A passionate teacher guide and mentor working as Director International Delhi Public School Kathua, former principal of Jammu Sanskriti School Kathua and Director of New Bright Future Institute for Spoken English and interview preparation having versatile experience in education field. Active member of world renowned NGO - "Theosophical order of service" (Indian Branch).
"Started my career as a teacher and always dedicated my services to fulfil my passion of teaching along with inculcation of values and conceptual knowledge. Served many prestigious institutions and held several prestigious assignments in last few decades. The outcome of which is got an opportunity to work as a founder principal in Jammu Sanskriti School Kathua with a mission and vision to provide quality education in rural areas and equip the children and local communities for environmental sustainability and social responsibility to strengthen local economies,local cultures, and rich diversity of J&K ‘s local traditions. The school is focused on experiential learning so that most of the syllabus is covered through innovations and practices / projects."
Life’s true gift lies in your freedom to design it beautifully.With each rise of the sun, you get to chase the opportunity to fill your day with meaning- to live your life the way you choose.
"Having lead in various prestigious organizations and have excelled in areas as diverse as teachers/students management, innovations, administration, quality assurance training and development of teachers.
Being a founder principal I have been successful in applying my educational management with the depth knowledge of educational psychology, instructional skills and teaching pedagogy. I believe in constantly trying to adopt and innovate new methodologies to ensure that teaching/learning can be made more interesting and fun with latest global trends in education and technology. In short span of three years the school touched the sky by making it’s position for consecutive two years to be ranked among top schools of India by ELETS Digital Learning magazine. Even in the very second year the school got first rank at district level March Past on Independence Day and Republic Day."
Awards & recognition:
- Received one of the 100 Best Principal in India 2016 award by AKS
- Awarded best Principal by G SIL society Delhi in 2018
- Appointed as District President by Private school and children welfare association
- Appointed as chairperson Human Rights Munch Punjab (women cell)
- National Co ordinator for an education forum CED .
- Have been awarded with APJ Abdul Kalam progressive principal in 2018
- School got Sir CV Raman Award from Rethink India in Delhi
- Received visionary leader of the year by CED in 2018
- Received most qualified Principal of the Year by National School Awards 2018