Power of technology in education

September 14, 2015

Roy Carroll is a recent graduate but he testifies to the power of technology in education. “When I was a little boy, I didn’t understand a book I read and I had trouble understanding the story. After my dad introduced me to technology, I can easily go online to conveniently get all the information I need,” said Carroll who is from Belfast in Northern Ireland and I have personally known their family for the past thirteen years. When it comes to education, technology can help children in the learning process through various tools, from laptops and computers to smart phones. Educational games have transformed teaching and learning in a fun way, thus helping young children build skills more easily in Northern Ireland and other parts of the world. “In my first years of schooling, I learned math and other subjects like English using interactive learning computer games. It was a fun way to build my knowledge and skills. Now that I know how to access to the Internet, I find there are numerous sources of information that we can benefit from,” Carroll said. Carroll is a student in a school providing homeschooling programs in Belfast. In delivering class curriculum material, his school allows its students to continue learning outside classroom by providing quizzes, tests and study questions online which are accessible outside the classroom.Carroll case is totally opposite of whats happening in East Africa.

“Contador Harrison my teachers send me e-mails regularly. There are assignments, such as those in history and English, that require Internet research. I usually use my laptop for browsing sources, like topics in a book for instance,” Carroll further said.Carroll also uses a smartphone for communication and her education. “With my iPhone 6 plus, I can read my e-mails and communicate with my tutors regardless of my whereabouts.”Rose Flanagan, Carroll’s mother, is a strong advocate of encouraging kids to use technology.“Lack of IT skills will make children less competitive in the future as technology is constantly evolving.”Flanagan believes that students who perform above average in their studies are most likely utilising technology in their learning process.A friend of mine who noticed that her 9-year-old son’s computer habits helped him achieve better grades at school. “In the beginning, I was worried when I found that my son was pretty much hooked on computer games. Later, I realised that there are many interactive learning computer games that could potentially hone his many skills, from math to English and history,” said the lady, whose son has just graduated from third grade.Asked what made him hooked on technology, the blonde friend quickly responded, “The visual images and interactive features. They make learning become as much fun as playing.”

“Your blogger remembers the excitement he got when his computer teacher first taught him simple lessons, such as basic introduction and simple interactive learning applications. That moment, I knew that I was going to love the technology and that was in early 1990s.” Thats why I always encourage parents to allow their children access the Internet to enjoy children’s online sites.I have a niece who like downloading games, music, movies, and that site also features a study zone with cool visualisation that makes learning more enjoyable.The cyber world has made a limitless contribution to the world of education. Nevertheless, parental supervision is strongly advisable to control the content a child can access. Installing parental Internet content-control software is one way to block sites with negative contents such as violent images, nudity or bad language.The use of technology in education should not be limited to the Internet and computer software.The use of digital cameras is an example, in which students can learn to capture images or record videos.

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