The world is constantly changing. Technology is developing rapidly and it influences every aspect of our lives. Sometimes it makes it more difficult or overwhelming, that’s why many people decide to get entirely or almost entirely off-grid, but most often, thanks to technology, our every-day reality becomes not only easier and more comfortable, but it also presents us with a wide range of new opportunities. One of the many examples of fields that have been improved by the development is education. The progress has significantly impacted the way we teach and learn, but not only that.
Access to education
It’s one of the biggest advantages of the development of technology – anyone can learn anything these days. It doesn’t matter what you do in life, how old you are or where you live. Do you want to start a new business, but you feel like you should prepare better? Take a business course online. You have always wanted to learn Spanish, but for some reasons, you’re stuck at home? You only need your computer and a willingness to study. Thanks to many different solutions to choose from, nobody has to feel excluded or deprived of anything. Almost every university and every college offer a whole range of courses you can take to gain new qualifications and improve your professional life. Or just the way you feel about yourself. There are even completely new schools that exist only online. Geography doesn’t matter anymore.
Geography is not the only thing that’s irrelevant when it comes to studying online. Because everything is already prepared and just waiting for you on an online platform, it doesn’t really matter when you want to study. Do you want to start in the middle of the year? No problem. Do you have a lot of other responsibilities and your free time is very much limited? You can study whenever you want. You can create your own weekly routine when you don’t need to worry about timetables. Because of that, education is accessible to those, who in the past were forced to give up on their dreams, e.g. single parents, students from smaller towns who can’t afford living in the city, working people, and those with disability whose condition prevents them from leaving their homes or just makes it a lot harder.
Teaching is not limited to the classroom anymore. Thanks to platforms and various online tools, a teacher is able to pass his knowledge and skills to his students all the time. It’s still important to attend the actual, face-to-face classes, but there’s no need for constant physical presence in order to teach and learn. Teachers can share instructions and materials, e.g. via e-mails. Most schools, especially when it comes to higher education, develop their own platforms for the students to stay in touch with their professors, to help them keep the deadlines and to make it possible to access all needed materials at any time. What’s more, it’s becoming more and more popular for teachers to assess their students online. Of course, it’s not always possible, e.g. with essays, but when it comes to simple tests, online assessment is quicker, more effective and, what’s most important, impartial. A teacher can prepare several series of questions and students are able to take a random quiz, whenever they want, as long as they meet the deadline.
Education is not only more accessible physically, but it can also finally fulfil all the needs of people who, in the past, would have zero chance of attending the university. There’s a possibility of digital learning, which is the most convenient and diversified when it comes to offers. However, more and more schools try to adapt to welcome those with special needs – tools are available, teachers are being trained and the buildings are being adjusted for those with reduced mobility.
Education is no longer only about textbooks and exercises. Classroom learning has also become more fun than ever. Teachers use audios, videos, animations, and many more which make studying less dull and more effective. Learning through games and fun makes it more understandable and tends to stay longer with us.
First of all, education gets cheaper, because it’s easier to access. Online courses are not as costly for schools as normal classes, so it makes them available for almost everyone. What’s more, materials needed for studying are also much cheaper, as it’s not necessary to buy them all in hardback or paperback. Many textbooks are available online for no or very little money.
The impact that technology has on education is huge, but it’s mostly a positive one. For too many years studying was possible only for those the most talented or wealthy – luckily, it’s not the case anymore. Now everyone, no matter their age, health, status or localization, can at least try to follow their dreams, or simply change their life a little bit.
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