Digital Impacts and Potential Consequences

Digital Impacts and Potential Consequences

DigitalImpacts and Potential Consequences

Advancementin technology has impacted tremendously on educational systems in anumber of ways. Incorporation of advanced methods of learning hasmade learning quite easier in some way and has evidently led toimproved quality of education. Though positive impacts are many,technology has also brought about a number of challenges within theeducation system. This paper will look to ascertain the positive aswell as the negative impacts of technology in the education system.It is also important to establish what can be done to further improvethe standards within the education system.

Anumber of practices have been developed due to technology includingdigital classes, increased collaboration, independency of students,flipped classrooms among others. With the introduction of videolecturers, students take the initiative to study on their own.Learning is up to the student. Video lecturers are quite advantageoussince students can pause or even rewind whenever they want to grasp aconcept. In that respect, the students are more independent sinceaccessibility to education materials are made easier. As evidenced in“I want that…..flipping the classroom” article, video lecturershave attributed to students improvement in grades.

Anotherimportant aspect is collaboration. Students take up video lecturersmostly on their own and then share it in small groups. When sharing,one is able to know where he/she has made a mistake and correct itaccordingly. Additionally, by sharing a student is able to grasp theconcept even more. In that respect, collaboration among students canbe well attributed to technological advancements. Collaborationbenefits both students and teachers tremendously. Teachers are alwaysthere to guide the students whenever they have problems [ CITATION She l 1033 ].

Withthe advancement in technology, a global platform has been created.Students no longer require entering classrooms to gain the knowledgeor rather they can easily achieve this through video conferencing.Online courses have been boosted by a wide margin and students andteachers share knowledge in a convenient manner. Applications such asSkype enable students to have a one on one conversation with theirteachers without necessarily making physical appearance. In that way,they can share information any time they need to at their ownconvenience [ CITATION Mic14 l 1033 ].

Althoughthe changes are beneficial i.e. improved accessibility,collaborations among others, technology also brings about challenges.With learning now up to the students, they may opt to learn at theirown pace. Finding answers is nowadays much easier and in most casesstudents do not look for them? They can develop a lazy mindsettowards education. The video lecturers have attributed to improvedgrades but it does not necessarily mean improved quality ofeducation. A student may be having good grades but lack enoughknowledge and skills [ CITATION Wil13 l 1033 ].

Thoughcollaboration has been enhanced by technology, it is still up to thestudents’ willingness to learn. For instance, a student may beoverly dependent on his/her friend. One may opt not to go though thevideo lecturers and depend on the one that has studied. The colleaguemay end being like a tutor to his/her mate. Unlike classroomdissemination of knowledge, video lecturers are overly dependent onthe students’ own discipline.

Thebasic means of learning has also been affected widely by technology.Students no longer rely on books as much as they did in the past.Most students no longer handle simple tasks or rather they seekassistance from the internet.

Thenegative impacts of technology can be handled in different ways. Themost important one is for teachers to maintain the basic means oflearning. They should provide classroom lecturers and only offervideo lecturers to some degree. Another vital practice is for parentsto assist accordingly. At home parents should act as teachers,assisting their kids handle homework in a suitable manner and notbeing overly reliant on the internet. Additionally, advancement intechnology means students can specialize in what they like most.Instead of providing a wide scope of education, students can betaught on the basics and encouraged to specialize on what they arebest in. That way, technology can be utilized in an appropriatemanner.

References

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