Before we talk about the reasons why to use technologies in education, I’d like to share the following interesting video about the history of technology in education, where simple drawings are used to describe different ages of education in a timeline ranging from 30,000 BC to the year of 2000. Everything has been developing along history, so does the technologies in education.
Why do we need technologies in education?
Many people, including teachers,students,researchers, and policy-makers, keep talking about the vital role of technologies in education. And as a matter of fact, more and more instructors are experiencing new technologies in their classrooms. There are many advantages of using technologies:
1.Technologies have made the delivery or explanation of knowledge easier and more convenient for teachers. Besides traditional chalks and books, now they can use powerpoint presentations,do digital photography, make a video, blog, etc, which actually also make the understanding of knowledge easier.
2.Students are able to get access to the teacher’s course materials and free online resources anytime and anywhere. Nowadays, each student has his/her own laptop and can get internet very easily. They don’t have to limit their studies to a particular classroom or to 45 minutes.
3.Each student can study at his own pace and order that will work best for him/her. Since individuals are different, some are fast while some are slow. Plus it is impractical or too expensive for one-to-one teaching. Information technologies make it possible that students can repeat some topics that are tough for them or can explore deeper on a certain subject without disturbing the whole class.
4.Students can interact and collaborate with classmates better with the help of technologies. Take Course Networking (CN), the website we are using right now for example, classmates can discuss on a topic, share interesting links or information, or ask questions anytime and anywhere, which builds a virtual community among classmates and therefore reinforce the connection between each other.
5.Technologies are of great importance in sharing with the world. Instead of being isolated from the rest of the world in old days, classrooms can all be interconnected with other experts nationally or internationally nowadays to share experiences, discuss or learn together via the use of tools such as Skype, Google talk, blogs or websites. Distance learning course is a good example for this.