There is an increasingly intrinsic link where education needs new and innovative solutions to help students. However, the school environment has been stagnant since the beginning of the 20th century. There is always the painting and the teacher. Ok, the paintings may have gone digital, but basically the method remains the same as in the time of chalk. The world has changed, but education has not come this way.
Beyond the questions about the causes of this resistance to the changes that certainly deserve to be asked, we take firm sides with the introduction of new technologies in education. Of course, and we will never stop repeating it, all the excesses are bad and the abusive exposure of children to new technologies is harmful but we must know how to use intelligently this wonderful tool to improve the educational service.
We’re in for it, we’re against it, anyway, here are 5 reasons to introduce technology into education.
Because it’s better!
In terms of education, the number of students per teacher is a key factor. We would all like our children to be followed individually by their teachers. For this, being in a small class is important. The experience of the 40-a-year class has never really paid off.
New technologies make it possible to relieve the teacher and the support in the follow-up of the students. On this point, schools tend to change and most schools have intranet systems for the dissemination of homework, grades… like Pronote. Having data on the student becomes easier and easier to understand his needs to succeed. More and more tools also allow the student’s background to be adapted according to his or her achievements and shortcomings to provide the best path in acquiring new skills. We can then think of the systems of online quizzes, mental maps to be made on software … If schools are not yet productively developing their own tools, the online school annexes offer several tools for practice, management, evaluation, etc. Another important point: It is clear that today’s children are “digital natives”: they fully understand new technologies and use them on a daily basis. So why not speak their language to stimulate them and teach them new things?
Because it works!
The best colleges and high schools in the world use new technologies in their courses and curricula. These schools use personalized learning plans so that students can learn at their own pace and desire. In the United States, The Carpe Diem School is regularly one of the best schools in its state. In Finland, a system often called at the forefront of teaching, the bachelor’s degree was passed on a computer. By clicking here, you will find the 15 most innovative schools in the world. It’s a given idea!
Because it’s fun!
There is something special about games that we all love: have you ever wondered why children love games so much, especially on consoles or online? Far from being an abstract science, researchers in the educational sciences band together with computer engineers, and this is called ludification. This new pedagogical method proposes to take advantage of the mechanisms of the games to improve teaching. If students show the same level of interest in studies as they do in games, then it’s a win!
With new technologies, this is possible and there are more and more products that capitalize on our ability to score or compete with each other.
Because it’s cheaper!
Having new technologies allows the teacher to be exempted… at least partially. Teaching experts will agree that the teacher is the main cost factor in school systems. Be careful, we are not lambasting the profession of teacher, it would be shooting ourselves in the foot!
But the teacher, indispensable throughout the current learning chain, must reinvent himself to accompany and guide the discovery and learning of the student. This ability to question himself is strongly linked to the teacher’s will. It must be noted that the student’s autonomy is also a lever for learning because it is only through his will that he will be able to move forward. Have you ever seen genius children learn alone and totally alone? With new technologies, teaching children from any corner of the globe is possible. Today, there are a multitude of tools that we have previously cited to validate skills through artificial intelligence algorithms. It is then possible for a child deep in the desert to learn quantum physics if he wishes.
Because it’s necessary!
Digital skills are needed for the trades of the future. We know that we are more and more surrounded by robots. Always communicating with those around us has been fundamental. This has not changed, we need to be able to communicate with our current technological environment: that is, use (consume) new technologies: searching for information, using services, providing for their needs online, learning, educating, etc.
The pressure is even greater for children because the world is changing at a rapid pace: consuming new technologies is vital but producing them is differentiating. Those who program or build systems are ahead of their time. For this reason, developed countries integrate computer programming or robotics in a mandatory way in school curricula, starting in primary school! So yes, it is undeniable that, intelligently used, new technologies represent an opportunity for education. But we must not forget that this is a means and not a solution. Poor pedagogical vision and non-compliance with basic educational principles will never be compensated by the best of technologies.
One could have found much more than 5 reasons for ‘introducing technology into education. There are dozens of reasons because technology is at the service of tomorrow’s challenges.