Living through the turn of the 21st century has been an amazing experience mainly because of the technological revolution. We got to watch our world go from (relatively) limited technological usage and capability to a near societal dependence on it. Despite some of the negative outcomes from this revolution, such as issues with privacy and a new front for crime to take place (e.g. the dark web, new methods for identity theft, etc.), there are many ways that technology has filled gaps that were previously much more difficult to fill.
Take for instance, higher education, and education in general. Many institutions, mostly in rural areas, struggle to receive and maintain the resources to keep up with the advances in educational tools available to more affluent and populated institutions. Fortunately, the technological revolution has made more and better educational tools widely available. The biggest contributor to filling this gap is the Internet and free applications. While, of course, getting access to Internet and affording the technology to use new educational tools can still be a challenge, it is certainly isn’t as tasking of a challenge as it used to be. Once institutions have access to Internet (and the devices required to access it), the educational tools that are available become nearly endless.
Now, this is not to say that Internet and technology solves all problems present in lowly resourced institutions. There are still the costs of device acquisition, Internet services, increased electricity usage, and maintenance. However, costs can be easily cut by buying refurbished or less cutting-edge and/or used devices that still have Internet capabilities as well as limiting available maintenance for said devices. Lowly resourced institutions that are capable of managing that are able to effectively provide educational tools and resources that weren’t possible before the technological revolution at nearly the same quality as more highly resourced institutions.