Technology has greatly influenced the field of education. It has revolutionised the teaching and learning process, making it more interactive, creative and enjoyable than ever before.
The application of technology in the school community has changed the way students, administrators, teachers and personnel interact or communicate with each other.
How did technology transform the education field?
- Managing the school became easier.
School administrators are now using computerised applications for efficient management. The use of management system software centralised the flow of information from every department. As a result, administrators could keep track of everything, from accounting to facilities management, including school playground equipment. You can learn more about the advantages of using the management system software in our previous article.
- Managing student data became convenient.
The use of technology facilitated the efficient storing and tracking of students’ records. Through the use of a student management software, administrators could easily manage students’ data (e.g. admission, attendance, class schedules, grades and transcripts) and monitor their performance. This computerised application has also become a platform where administrators and teachers could interact with students to address any data or performance issues. Through updates, newsletters and discussion forums online, effective communication between administrators, students and parents were fostered.
- Teaching became fun and interactive.
Interactive audio-visual mediums, such as computers and digital televisions, cultivated better and more enjoyable interaction between learners and teachers. Through PowerPoint presentations and video animations, teachers could impart knowledge in a creative way. This method of teaching kept students interested about the subject. Also, using projectors, microphones and speakers made it possible for teachers to address a large number of learners simultaneously.
- Learning has become efficient and effective.
Through technology, a faster and easier method of accessing information was possible. This helped learners obtain knowledge faster and more efficiently compared to other traditional learning methods. Through the use of the Web for example, plenty of resources were available for both teachers and students. In a way, sites like HowStuffWorks and online versions of Encyclopaedia Britannica and Encarta worked like online libraries or school book suppliers. These online resources provided access to thousands of reading materials that helped learners obtain information to enhance their skills and improve their academic performance.
Technology has transformed the way schools promote learning and teaching. It has offered educators effective tools for communication and enhanced methods of learning. The use of technology in schools should be encouraged by educators. By using the resources made available by technological developments, one can better facilitate fun, interactive and effective learning and teaching processes in the school community. This is something that both the school management and the students can benefit from.