Application of technology in Education
Application of Technology in Education
Computers have become an indispensable part of the daily life and technology is everywhere. The integration of technology in education has inspired learners to become problem solvers, researchers and promoted teamwork. The learning environment has become more personalized and digital tools used for teaching and learning.
The application of technology in education can be highlighted by the following key concepts: –
I. Interactive learning and active engagement
Since technology is very interactive, it has been used as a learning tool to enhance students’ problem solving and critical thinking capabilities. Students learn by doing, researching and receiving feedback. Students can learn individually or collaboratively by using technological tools such as the internet. Interactive tools such as games are used to develop different academic skills for young learners. Educational software can also be used to help learners easily understand different subjects including mathematics, languages or sciences. This kind of learning is considered fun and very powerful in driving passion and thirst for more exploration.
Interactive learning is also applied in institutions of higher learning by increasing collaboration between learners and their facilitators/tutors. E-learning is a form of interactive learning as it actively engages students and teachers. Learners can connect and collaborate to undertake group projects. There are also educational social networking sites that promote active engagement and constructive critics in ideas. Learners can post questions and get answers from professionals in the various fields.
There are technological competitions that learners can engage in to increase learner’s creativity and innovation since they apply their knowledge to solve challenges and get rewarded. This also increases learners’ engagement since they receive awards and recognition upon excelling in such competition.
II. Simulation, Virtual Reality and Modelling
A computer simulation is the usage of a computer for the imitation of a real-world process or system (Techopedia Inc., 2019). The use of simulation software in education enables learners to bring real world objects into a classroom environment. A good example would be interactive simulation that involves a human operator like flight simulator. Computer simulations are used in natural and social sciences to gain insights into functioning of engineering sciences or for training purposes.
Virtual Reality (VR) is used to simulate both real and imaginary environments. VR can be used in education in exploration-based learning and learning by building virtual worlds. This is very important for learners since it saves time and at times the models presented are dynamically interactive to enable students monitor it under different conditions. Simulations and Models aim at depicting the aspects of the real world that enhances learning.
“Technology will never replace great teachers but technology in the hands of great teachers is transformational ~ George Couros”
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