Technology in the Education Sector

Over the course of years, technology has made a phenomenal impact on our businesses and one of the major innovations is its integration in the education sector. Where education has been a luxury for centuries, technology has made it possible to make education accessible for all those who can afford a basic smartphone/laptop and a stable internet connection. Educating students has never been as easy as simply recording your lecture and uploading it on sites such as You-tube. But that is not just it, technology has brought massive changes to schools and classrooms as well. If we want competition with the outside world in 2020, we must need to use technology in the education sector.

Technology in Classrooms:

Classes have moved past the traditional blackboard and chalk set-up. The majority of modern-day schools now prefer having a smart board in the class where the entire teaching material is available on a single touch. Boring lectures have been made interactive by playing videos related to the topics which are a virtual treat for the students. Students are also more comfortable in taking down notes on their tablets and later sharing them with their class fellows. This not only saves time but also saves stationary/ photocopy costs. I think it’s a great example of the use of technology in the education sector.

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Technology in Assignments:

A professor gives assignments to his students in the hopes of students’ better grasp on the topic and also to reduce exam pressure while making sure the student has understood the lesson well. But unfortunately, students have long practiced copying assignments from one another or other resources which surely gives quality work but does not good to the student in terms of learning. Technology came up a way to detect all sorts of ‘plagiarisms’ and give a detailed report of where the work is copied from and up to what percentage. Making use of this innovation, universities now have an upper limit placed to plagiarism (Majority allow up to 2% only) which if now followed can result in expelling the student. It’s only possible if we use technology in the education sector.

Technology in Exams:

Since technology has been used effectively, the dynamics of exams have also changed. Where a teacher manually had to check all the quantitative exams and MCQs, they can now simply feed the answer key in the computer and grade multiple papers at a time, effectively. Not just this, it also stores data of each student’s exam, clearing up the physical space used to keep exam papers safe and protects the data too, giving it virtual privacy protection. Later when needed, a computerized report card with entire grade history can be made with the help of some simple clicks.

Technology in books:

There are PDFs of books available online, wiping away the concept of traditional libraries which would take a lot of time and effort to visit in person, manually search for the book and get it issued. Keeping the book safe was another headache. It is much cheaper to access books online and also saves time. You can search for a book on the web whenever you want and use it for leisure or work, whichever way you want. The concept of an e-book is relatively new but is so widespread now that a major chunk of humans relies on it.

We can achieve all these things discussed above and much more if we started the use of technology in the education sector.

Mehak Tariq

Writer and Blogger

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