Impacts Of Technology On Education in Kenya

Impacts Of Technology On Education

Technology is changing the way we learn. From zero to hero, technology has gone leaps and bounds. Gone are those days when we used to memorize things and regurgitate them at exam. The education sector has undergone a sea change and completely transformed with the introduction of new technology and gadgets. There is no longer time for theory and rote learning, as more emphasis is laid on skill development and on problem-solving abilities. Below are the impacts of technology on education sector:

Impacts of technology on education sector
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Advantages Of  Technology In Education

There are lots of benefits that comes out of using technology in education sector. Technology has changed the way of learning. It has made our life more colourful and make studies interesting through the gadgets like smartphones, laptops, tablets etc. The use of technology in education is beneficial in many ways like:

1. Teacher Productivity and Efficiency Have Increased.
Teachers and trainers use technology to boost their productivity, incorporate valuable digital tools to enhance their students’ learning options, and boost student support and participation. Technology enables teachers to improve their teaching methods and tailor learning for their students. Schools profit from technology by lowering the cost of physical teaching materials, increasing the efficiency of educational programs, and maximizing teacher time. Access to an infinite amount of current data and information from a number of sources.

2. Automation.
For teachers, automation is a big benefit of educational technology. You can upload lessons to a learning management system (LMS) for students to access at their leisure. Grading is simplified using online tests, and parents can be notified instantly when their children earn a failing mark. Teachers are always seeking for methods to make extra time in their days, and technology may help them tremendously.

3. Reduces the cost of schooling.
Resources have become more available as a result of the introduction of technology in education, resulting in lower tuition costs, a decrease in the demand for books and their price, and a decrease in the need for school supplies. The arrival of e-books has simplified things for low-income families and allowed pupils to approach learning on an equal footing with their peers, without parental pressure for good performance resulting from big investments in their children’s education. In addition, employing e-books in education has the positive side effect of indirectly contributing to the reduction of deforestation.

4. It encourages more communication between teachers and parents.
Utilization of education apps also helps in the exchange of information between parents and teachers.

5. Encourages collaboration in classrooms.
Technology in classrooms encourages collaboration by breaking down barriers that are prevalent in the real world. Instead of relying on limited face-to-face social interaction, online spaces allow collaboration to occur more naturally.

6. Technology aids in the preparation of pupils for their future lives.
It helps children to become more creative, inventive and flexible. It is an effective way to use technology in education because there are many programs that may help you to learn the skills necessary for the future. Technological skills are needed for the future generation. Every program has its benefit, which may be suited to your learning style or personal preferences.

7. Technology has played a significant role in education since the beginning of recorded history. However, technology has also had an impact on education beyond just facilitating communication and information exchange among learners and instructors.

8. Plays a vital role in teaching and learning process.
Educational apps make it possible for students to access virtual classrooms from home, school or anywhere else they have access to the internet. These can include things like reducing costs, increasing productivity and improving communication. 

Disadvantages Of Technology In Education 

As more and more technology is being introduced into the classroom today, there are still many concerns about the consequences of rapidly integrating new technologies. A lot of these concerns are valid because most teachers are not equipped to integrate technology properly with their teaching methods. Here are some disadvantages of using technology in education sector.

1. Higher Management and Training.
Due to the rise of technology, being effective in the classroom now necessitates teachers’ ability to be effective on a screen and on a technology platforms. Research has been done that shows three-quarters of teachers feel the internet and other digital tools have increased their workload and drastically increased the range of topics and abilities about which they must be educated. This is whereby IT specialists are needed to help set up, manage, and support teachers and students using new technology in the classroom.

2. Expensive.
Technology required in the education includes internet services, computer hardware, printers, Internet browsers etc. Acquiring all of these needs a lot of money to invest in technology at your school.

3. Distraction.
With social media sites like Facebook, Twitter, YouTube are becoming very popular among the youth. They are spending most of their time on these sites, which is having bad effect on their studies. Cell phones have become a great source of distraction in the classroom. Students use cell phones in their free time in school too, especially in breaks. 

4. Makes students to cheat.
When phones couldn’t be used to access the internet during tests, cheating was far more difficult. To outsmart the system, students have taken use of new technology to cheat in their exams and Continuous Assessment Tests (CATs). As a result, a significant proportion of students get away with it and earn their degrees. They go on to become true professionals in their fields while not being academically qualified for them.

5. Students acquiring wrong information.
Many websites and other online platforms are providing wrong information that users require. Many websites post deceptive material online in order to increase traffic, even if the information is inaccurate. As a student, you are sure to come across some of these sites that contain inaccurate information or incorrect details. Other websites replicate stuff from other websites without verifying its authenticity. Readers are misled in any case, which is bad for learners.

 

 

 

 

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