To say technology is essential would be an understatement. Let it be working, learning, or entertainment, our everyday life is entirely dependent on it. Technology is a broader term and is certainly not limited to the use of computers or phones. It doesn’t only have to do with assisting people in their lives but also with the human mind’s progress.
How it benefits the human mind and the learning process is one of the critical advantages of technology. Considering this, it is beneficial for adults and your kids’ and kids’ education.
The schools’ unannounced closure in 2020 due to the pandemic has shown the world, specifically teachers and parents, the importance of technology in today’s time. Had we been in a time with no or less technological advancements, 2020 would have been a complete loss in kids’ educalementation; online classes were the most critical technology news for kids in the past year.
Similarly, e-learning is an easy and fantastic way of education as kids are already inclined towards technology and the internet. We can make the most of it by exposing kids to technological elements, and advancements relevant to them keep in view their age.
Technology has benefited Kids Education in many ways, some of which are discussed below:
- Keeps them motivated
- Communication made easy
- Learning at your own pace
- Fun Learning
- Improves Engagement
- Improves Knowledge Retention
- Students get to learn Collaboration
- Useful life skills
- Modern technology helps teachers to grade students easily
1. Keeps them motivated
Kids are more attracted to technology than any other thing. In this fast-paced world, they don’t like to spend hours researching and finding out information from books, newspapers, and other resources. The ease with technology motivates kids towards their studies, and they do not find collecting information burdensome. The competition factor pushes kids to learn more and more, hence increasing their knowledge of their subject, providing them with profound and useful information.
Learning through the usage of technology clicks the learner’s mind faster in comparison to any other way. For example, kids usually do not prefer learning colors by coloring pictures or remembering them by themselves. Instead, they are seen as more active and attracted while they see colors on a television or their computer screens.
2. Communication made easy
Instant WhatsApp messaging, video calling, skype, or emailing teachers has made communication easier than ever before. If you have a query, you can either use google or message your teacher to get it solved within a few minutes from the comfort of sitting at your home.
Moreover, if there is a language barrier in learning, technology can easily bridge the gap by translating the content to the kid/student’s language.
3. Learning at your own pace
Another noticeable advantage that comes with technology is self-paced learning. It is indeed a big advantage and is thoroughly enjoyed by the students. While learning a certain concept, students face difficulty at times, and there is no need to skip it when you have the technology to assist you. Everyone has his/her own pace of learning and technology gives you considerable time to absorb the idea at your own pace.
4. Fun Learning
Practice results in more and a better learning experience. Technology has made learning easier with an element of fun learning. Students are occupied with so many tasks that help them retain new concepts and ideas.
Students’ access to informative websites and applications helps them playfully learn various things, allowing them to better understand a subject or idea.
5. Improves Engagement
When technology is induced into lessons, kids are found to be more attracted to what they are studying. Technology helps parents and teachers adopt enjoyable ways of teaching their kids, such as watching videos, virtual field trips online, and game-like applications to teach different concepts like alphabets, pronunciation, or mathematics.
6. Improves Knowledge Retention
When a student develops an interest in a certain topic or field of study, technology helps him/her to delve more into it. It helps them retain the knowledge they have gained and explore more to participate in the classroom actively.
Different forms of technology are effective with different learning minds. Parents and teachers need to decide what can best work for the kid through a number of experiments.
7. Students get to learn Collaboration
Collaboration is the need of the modern world and technology effectively helps to instill this skill into the students by getting them involved in team-play activities online or through working on a given academic project. Technology allows learners to use forums or share documents in a virtual learning environment.
With technology, students are encouraged to collaborate with each other in their classrooms, with other classrooms, and even with any other school in the world. Practicing collaboration develops confidence in kids, makes their personality strong, and helps them socialize.
8. Useful life skills
Human survival is reliant upon human skills. With the help of technology, teachers can help students develop crucial skills for modern time. They get to learn the skills they will require to thrive and be successful. Modern learning focuses on it well.
With effective ways, kids get to learn critical thinking, problem-solving, productivity, and leadership skills. Apart from these soft skills, kids also learn practical skills like making presentations, using the internet, and devising emails.
Attaining these soft and practical skills, kids get well prepared for what they have to deal with in the future.
Learners need not to be upset with the high fees of the courses. Technology has made it really easy as charged courses that are not available in your schools /universities can quickly be learned by only signing up to your YouTube account. See? that is so cost-efficient. Moreover, kids can learn through CDS available for books rather than buying many books for each subject.
E-libraries are also of great assistance to students to access their required books for free. Students can also quickly download books for free from the internet.
10. Modern technology helps teachers to grade students easily
Each individual has a different set of mind and way of learning. Some kids are intelligent, while some need more attention to make them learn. Technology has made it relatively easy for the teacher to handle each student differently by providing different tasks according to their learning way and then quickly grade through automation. For example, the teacher can easily make various quizzes for each type of student, and then through automation, students can be graded accordingly.
When students are handled differently as per their way of learning, the spark in them gets ignited, and they are productive in whatever they do.
Technology has assorted benefits when it comes to kids’ education. It helps them develop the necessary skills and make them more knowledgeable in preparation for the fierce competition in the market. However, parents and teachers need to keep in mind that, like many other things, technology is followed by several disadvantages. So, they need to continually navigate their child’s exposure to technology to make it productive rather than threatening.