The world evolves and education as well, the current educational – learning model through books and a chalkboard has ended. It has been several years since technology came in strong to improve education and is now a vital part of it.
logy came in strong to improve education and is now a vital part of it.
Today’s children and adolescents are digital natives and it would not be logical to keep them from their day to day in the academic world. The use of technology in school increases students ‘ interest in academic activities and helps develop children’s learning.
Access to the Internet and technological devices (mobile, interactive whiteboards, electronic resources, etc.) both in and outside the classroom has taken an important turn in education bringing different benefits:
- Makes it easier to understand. The use of technological tools motivates and makes students maintain attention more easily. Consequently, the contents are assimilated more quickly.
- Autonomy. They develop self-learning to form self-sufficient people capable of solving any real problem. The use of technologies makes it possible to propose case studies and to involve them in the administration and management of the contents themselves. It is a methodology where students are taught to learn to learn, to build their own knowledge. In addition, the Internet allows countless sources of information and fosters the ability to select and manage the most appropriate.
- Teamwork. The technology generates interaction between students and promotes teamwork. In the professional sphere, most of the projects that are carried out are in teams and require the collaboration of different professionals, developing teamwork capacity since childhood is essential.
- Critical thinking. The Internet and social networks mean sharing views and opinions, debate is very important when brains are developing. In addition, the enormous possibility that technology gives you to break the space-time paradigm allows you to interconnect infinite sources of knowledge worldwide, connect with people from other countries and cultures and exchange information.
- Flexibility. Students can follow different rhythms in their learning by having additional content or supporting materials depending on their needs.
The penetration of technology in education not only brings benefits to students but also to professionals. The use of technology helps optimise teachers ‘ tasks and makes their work more attractive, becoming much more efficient.
Children and adolescents are born with technology and like it, we must take advantage of this fact to guide them to learn through it.
The passage of time is not in vain; every day, based on the needs of society, tools are studied and designed to enable people to improve their quality of life and to facilitate tasks that previously required more time or effort to be carried out. Areas such as entertainment, culture or education have benefited from technological advances, making it easier to analyse, process and exchange information. Undoubtedly, the increasingly common use of computer equipment, smartphones, tablets, and other devices is a source of creativity and innovation in different areas.
In regards to education, there have been breakthroughs that have opened the door to reinventing teaching strategies and, at the same time, allow people to learn from their interests and needs. To identify how teaching and learning processes have changed, below you will find a comparison between the characteristics of education before and after the technological boom.