Technology has been changing rapidly over time. There was a time when the only information that existed was written down or passed orally. Nowadays, even children have access to technology because almost every household has at least one smartphone. This means students can easily get instant feedback from their teachers and classmates. Students can also record themselves while they speak and send the video out to other people. They can share their learning experiences by posting them on social media websites. Let’s see below the impacts of technology on teaching.
It is an online instruction where lessons are delivered using the internet rather than in person. Online courses are convenient for both instructors and learners as they don’t need to travel and thus save money. Instructors don’t need to provide space for classes so more money can be saved. The format of e-learning is usually a virtual classroom which consists of online quizzes with immediate responses from students. They may also create an account with the lecturer and make notes about each lesson. Students can log into the course website anytime during the day and receive immediate grading. Moreover, e-learning is accessible 24/7. Learners no longer need to arrange specific times to attend a class which makes it easier for them especially if they cannot afford childcare.
Virtual Learning Environment (VLE)
A VLE is a computer program that allows users to interact with digital content such as documents, images, videos, presentations etc. It provides different functions including text editing, file management, audio recording, presentation making, collaboration, group work, and storage. VLEs allow students to conduct research and write papers. They enable teachers to post content related to a syllabus online. In addition, teachers can assign homework to students who will submit the assignments online. The students will then receive grades instantly based on what they submitted. Moreover, teachers can monitor how well students complete the tasks assigned. If a student doesn’t submit anything after several attempts, his/her teacher will know something went wrong. Hence, VLEs help teachers to manage their classrooms effectively.
Remote Teaching Method
This involves sending lessons and materials to students through email instead of delivering them physically in person. Teachers now have great flexibility when conducting remote lessons. With this method, they do not need to stay up late preparing and can take care of other responsibilities simultaneously such as working and family life. However, there are certain challenges such as maintaining quality material and consistency between lectures. For instance, if something goes wrong during lecture preparation, lecturers will not identify the error until later. Thus the mistake might go unnoticed.
Another significant impact of technology on education in Singapore is self-administration. It refers to the use of mobile phones to control devices such as televisions and laptops. Some schools are beginning to implement smart boards and computers in the classroom so that children will access educational content conveniently. As a result, some schools can get rid of chalkboards. These developments come with advantages and drawbacks. On one hand, it will benefit students by providing them with more learning opportunities. But, since these tools cost more than traditional means, they are only available to those who can afford to purchase them. Furthermore, not all people who want to learn or study find it easy to read textbooks on small screens. Some prefer having a paper copy of information or even using electronic books because books are much bigger than screen sizes.
In conclusion, technology has changed how people acquire knowledge and skills in today’s society. Educators and educators should therefore adapt to changes and embrace new technologies to better serve our kids. After all, we owe them a good education.