Information Technology for Wholistic Education

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Lecturer in Education
Department of Education
Annamalai University

The present century is rightly called the “Technology century” the emergence of new technologies of communications and most significantly, the telematic (computer connected to network) revolution. Globalization and communication technologies have caused and resulted in the growth of each other and have influenced one another in complex and multiple ways. New trends in education have also come about and new challenges have been thrown up to reckon. At the same time there is an indisputable need to maintain continuity, change and growth, all at one. Society has been credited with creating technology, but technology simultaneously creating society. These observations would also suggest the technologist beginning to exercise a benevolent tyranny over human kind. People have become ‘Compulsive Information Consumers’ who favour the passive receptions information as a form of entertainment.

The nature and applications of computer technology are continued to expand rapidly the range of resources available for any subject – specific leaning. Telematic revolutions have brought in revolutionary transformation and differ in the whole life style of people. No area is left untouched by information technology. The emerging technology incorporates the group qualities of interactive, classroom –based learning while providing individual student the flexibility to participate in an educational programme at their own time and place. Information Technology for wholistic education

Teaching in higher education, mostly, concentrates on giving information which is not sole objectives of higher education. The objectives are multidimensional in nature. So as to achieve all these, the appropriate methods should be used in an integrated fashion. At present Information Technology may be of some help. It is a well...