Technology has long worked as a knowledge facilitator and education accelerator.
Gutenberg invented printing in the 15th century and thus allowed a rapid dissemination of knowledge, knowledge and, more importantly, critical thinking, allowing everyone to read directly on available media at a lower cost. Thanks to its technology, it has revolutionized the prospects of education and training. It was not a question of replacing the culture of oral transmission of knowledge, but of facilitating and complementing it with this new technology and this new innovative medium at the time: the book.
Six centuries later, technology is still not knocking on the door, it is imposing.
Ask a child over the age of 3 what they want as a birthday present, and it’s a good bet that digital tablets are among the most popular items.
We all spend, adults and children, more or less markedly, more and more time in front of our computers, tablets or phones to work, to inform us, to communicate with our loved ones.
What is the reflex when you need information? Do you limit yourself to asking your knowledge and searching the paper media you have or do you complete your search with an Internet consultation to gain access to the multitude of sources of information available for free on the web?
Why do we now use GPS to guide us rather than just asking passers-by as we have in the past?
We would probably be foolish not to take advantage of the technological channels so practical and effective that are now offered to us to facilitate our daily lives and make our actions more effective and qualitative.
In the same spirit, education and training must be able to benefit from computer support and information technology to improve and facilitate, in the 21st century, the learning and acquisition of knowledge and skills.
In most prestigious school systems, it is no longer possible to imagine a student who would not use computer support in the course of his schooling and training. One imagines even less, in a multinational, a framework that would not rely on the Internet to search for the information necessary for the preparation of its sales materials, the updating of its accounting standards, the observation of the practices of other companies in its sector etc.
It is high time that we made technology our friend and ally in our education and training. Learning on a computer medium is not a break from our schools, our universities and our traditional teaching methods but a complement, a guarantee of efficiency and continuity with our current behaviors as users of technology.
Couple computer training methods with exchange and interaction sessions with a teacher is a simple recognition of a state of affairs: we must accept the opportunity we have to live in a pivotal time, where we can take advantage of the multitude of technological tools that exist allowing us to learn easily, at our own pace, while continuing to rely on the most interesting aspects of our traditional teaching methods that are exchanges with others. and interaction with the trainer.
Blended learning, or mixed learning, allows you to take the best out of every traditional virtual, technological or present-day channel and to pair these channels effectively to provide everyone with a personalized teaching rhythm and follow-up. This improves learning through this subtle blend of technology and traditional education.
On this, the Internet should be our friend!