Technology is Changing the Education System in India

When we look around our educational sphere, we can see that there is a deficit in faculty, infrastructure and reach of education in every nook and corner of country. So, what could be the possible solution? With the changing pedagogy, technology can bring major solutions to fill gaps in existing loop holes.
We must admit that gone are the days when a teacher was the only source of information or most educated person in family was the only education counsellor we had. Now, for any information we just type a keyword, for instance, when we search “describe Newton’s third law” we will get a picturesque explanation or searching for “list of BBA colleges in Kolkata” will give all the information required, from courses offered, to professors, to online trainings, placements, contact information, email addresses and any information we need, will be on our finger tips.

So, all the knowledge to be learnt doesn’t come from a single person’s brain but it is located on multiple servers on various educational websites, and thus the shortage of education instructors can be easily addressed by technology with a significant reduction in costs.

This is the era where leading technical institutes like IIT’s, NIT’s, BITS, etc., are using immense technology for interaction among students and campuses. Technologies like telepresence, live streaming, Connect 2.0, video conferencing are some extremely fruitful advanced wireless and internet based teaching techniques which create virtual classrooms and conferences.

Also, there could be a greater spread of online learning to schools and colleges. With this, a student gets multiple options to study at his own expense: brick and mortar colleges offer full-time, for-profit virtual schools; state-sponsored virtual schools. Social Networking, Wikis and Blogs are enormously productive platform for students to work collaboratively and share their findings with public or in closed groups. Skyping is getting to be very popular among teachers to connect with geographically distributed students and their peers.

Among various others reasons for technology inducing into education the major is cost saving. With lesser amount of money spent, a wide variety of courses can be offered including advanced placement classes. The online courses can also resolve scheduling conflicts as students can access the study materials at their own expense. Also, online classes can provide lectures of highly qualified teachers whose classes could not be afforded by regular schools.

Concluding, in order to implement technological practices in schools and colleges, the most important thing is when schools adopt new technology and services how they should be evaluated. A trained and experienced staff is the key to perfect implementation of technology to support and benefit teaching and learning. It is the time when our education system should embrace technology.

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