The impact of technologies in education in the 21st century
Without a doubt, the digital technology of the 21st century has revolutionized and enhanced every aspect of our modern lives for better efficiency. Digital Technology has transformed our ways of communicating, living, and essentially, teaching and learning.From law enforcement tomilitary, from business to medicine, even from music to art, digital technologyiswidely used and shaping every core of human existence. Does that imply as well that digital technology is imposing a similar revolutionary effect on teaching and learning?As Webber (2003) thinks that the impact of technology is one of the most critical issues in education. Advocates of digital technology in education would like to envisage that today technology would make similar dramatic changes in teaching and learning; however the reality is far behind the vision (Mishra & Koehler, 2006). In fact, education is ranked 55th in terms of the level of its technology intensiveness, even below coal mining (Krueger, 2008).
Digital technologies would have aneffective impactin all key areas in education such as learner motivation, professional development, teaching and learning activities if they are used properly. The introduction of technology into the classroom would offer new learning experiences which require learners to develop new information management skills. Those students who use a networked learning environment would develop discovery-based, student-centred learning through a range of collaborative and individualised activities. Students have become more active, independent and teachers have taken on a more facilitative role. Mobile technologies like Ipad, Iphone and Ipod appeal to students and excite them more than traditional chalk-and-talk learning methods, and consequently they can improve student learning experience. They give greater engagement and outcomes, and increase independent study. Theyare also extremely convenient. Many
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