Technology in schools: How is it shaping our future?
Everywhere you go, you can see how the advancing technology has made an impact in different fields. It has revolutionized research, health care, communication, transportation. There’s one field where technology is rapidly reshaping—education.
A few years ago, a computer would be a rare sight in a school, more so in a classroom. Computers were used by the military, government offices, and big corporations. If there was one in a school, it was a precious resource that was served to a chosen few.
Nowadays, you can find computers anywhere. There are now facilities in the school that give every student access to a computer.
The rise of computers also led to the birth of the World Wide Web. The internet has inarguably remolded the world people live in today. It’s moved businesses from physical shops to online platforms.
Sending communication, which used to take weeks and months, now only takes a few seconds or minutes. News on latest developments travels at unprecedented speeds. This has brought great boons and banes to many industries, especially in education. But what is the extent of technology’s role in shaping the future?
More Access to Information and Varied Resources
In the past, people used to guard their knowledge with vigor. Those who have specialized knowledge would only pass it to a chosen few, mostly their family or apprentices. Books were also treated as precious resources that not just anyone could access.
But technology has changed that selfish hoarding practice. The invention of schools and the printing press has allowed knowledge and information to spread. Now there are more new doctors, engineers, and scientists to replace the old. Moreover, the succeeding batch of professionals holds more knowledge and greater expertise in their fields because of the accessibility of information and resources.
The research field has especially benefited by this near-borderless sharing of information. Researchers have greater access to data, statistics, and literature that can help further their studies. Technology advancement has also contributed greatly to the standardization of research processes to lead to reliable and proven results.
This has made a large impact on education, especially on how educator teaches and what they teach. Discoveries about human psychology and behavior gave rise to new teaching methods that enhance the teaching-learning process.
Outdated information is replaced by the latest research. Fallacious information was disproven. Most, if not all, modern people now know that the earth revolves around the sun (not the other way around) and that there are microorganisms, not black magic, that affect the body and make it unwell.
In the future, there will be even more new studies that will cement old understanding, completely disprove them, and/or give rise to other perspectives.
More Tools to Make Life Easier
One of the greatest advantages of the human species over other species is its ability to use sophisticated tools and create them. This has allowed people to do feats that were formerly thought of as impossible, like how the Wright brothers made it possible for humans to fly.
Humans can now construct towering buildings and complex establishments with different materials and at a significantly faster pace than that of before because of modern construction tools.
Modern tools also aid in easing everyday life. Doing household chores has become more efficient with the use of vacuum cleaners, washing machines, dishwashers, and the like. Many more tools have greatly improved humanity’s living conditions.
Technology has given birth to new knowledge and understanding of the world, which has led to countless inventions. Many devices that people use today are the result of the development of technology.
In many fields, new technology has resulted in an incredible broadening of their horizons. Education is one of the fields that have benefited the most from this. Unlike before, teachers and students now have near-limitless access to information and resources, and they have more advanced facilities, equipped with modern tools, to pursue a greater understanding of their field of studies.
Businesses and industries have also experienced many improvements and incredible developments because of modern technology. With computers and the internet aiding work, professionals are more efficient and effective at completing different tasks.
Today, people continue to develop amazing technology to improve humanity’s quality of life. For example, it’s now possible to automate your home or turn it into a smartphone, using a home automation system.
You can control the temperature, lighting, climate, and many electronics in their home through a single device. If you forget to lock your doors or turn off appliances after you’ve left the house, you can just use your control device to correct your mistake.
There are also new tools like a portable smart typewriter and applications that help professionals and nonprofessionals get more out of their time and increase their productivity. Artificial intelligence and cloud technology are some of the most explored developments that are anticipated to make huge waves of changes in the future.
Communication has never been faster and more convenient until now. With the invention of smartphones and mobile connectivity, people, even those in different parts of the world, can get in touch with each other without waiting for weeks or months.
When internet connection became commonplace in most households, emailing and instant messaging quickly became the popular modes of communication. Soon, social media platforms with messaging apps took over.
People aren’t just limited to sending texts. They can send pictures, videos, and voice recordings, as well as share links, with just a smartphone. People can virtually share their lives with others across long distances.
Technology has also greatly improved real-time communication, broadening the landscape for many businesses. In recent years, more professionals are choosing to work remotely because of the greater connectivity afforded by new technologies, such as collaboration apps and cloud-based suites. Even when you’re away from the office, you can access files and information through a shared cloud drive or suite.
With the modern tools available today, distances and boundaries between people and nations are blurring. Someone from the United States can know about what’s happening in Japan, Dubai, and other countries because of the internet. In the future, there will be a world where nationality, culture, and language won’t get into the way of building relationships between people and nations.
As technology advances, many industries and fields will be affected. In fact, it has already made considerable changes today. A few decades ago, no person would think that you would be able to talk face-to-face with someone who is in another country. Now it only takes a smartphone, internet connection, and a messenger app to reach other people.
In the field of education, technology has changed how educators teach and students learn. New teaching methods were developed and are being developed, using modern edtech tools. Students also have more autonomy and responsibility for their learning. Now they can’t solely rely on their teachers to learn about the world.
Although modern technology has its fair share of shortcomings, it’s undeniable that it’s shaping the future into a world where people have more freedom and opportunities to make their lives better.
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