The surge of digital technologies has changed all aspects of life. As a millennial, I have personally seen the drastic shift from the pre-digital era to the era of digital technologies. The new generation cannot imagine a world free from technology. This necessitates a continuous update to the teaching methods that can catch up with the rate at which the world is changing.
While these new mediums and communication channels open up many new opportunities to make learning more comfortable, they can also cause distraction and disrupt the learning performance. Ancient people would be willing to travel over long distances for days in search of answers. However, people have become much less patient with learning because they can answer every question with a simple Google search. This makes teachers work a lot harder to keep their students interested and earn their trust.
Social media is now providing us with an immediate gratification that makes it increasingly harder to focus and strive for challenging, long term goals. This is incredibly destructive for young children who are in their early stages of building their future. Finding the right balance in using the technologies for our benefit is a pressing priority that parents, teachers, and policymakers need to determine.