Without a doubt, technology keeps shaping and changing how we learn and teach as we progress through time. Now, we are no longer confined by the limitations of conventional and traditional education thanks to the power of internet. Internet is able to open doors of opportunities and widens access towards quality education, overcoming physical boundaries, cultural transitions, and differences in space and time. With education harnessing the potential of internet, many people are now enjoying a new mode of teaching and learning that is not limiting and discriminating but personally and professionally empowering.
Internet has significantly and exponentially created (and still creating) an age where almost everything can be accessed, processed, and utilized digitally through the online web. I am always imagining life wherein most transactions and actions be done digitally, within the circle of our comfort zone.
Internet is probably one of the best partners education could ever have in this fast-paced environment where technology is almost everywhere. Below are some of the major breakthroughs of the internet to education:
- It created a new platform and system of learning and teaching, hence the advent of ODEL universities. The scarcity of classrooms and other facilities that are vital and essential in teaching can now be disregard because of the existence of virtual classrooms and other forms of platforms.
- Learning institutions can now take advantage of digital resources and materials like textbooks and other media. These materials can be use over and over again without affecting its quality unlike hardbound textbooks which deteriorates over time.
- Internet diversifies and expands the information access of everyone, making global information widely available in few clicks and types. Though teacher, in cooperation with parents, should guide and monitor the internet activities of the students to ensure that the internet will be utilized for good and not the other way around.
- Internet serves as a channel of off-the-school collaboration for learners, teachers and parents wherein issues and queries pertaining to academics, child’s performance and other child-related topics can be discussed.
- Lower cost compared to the compounded cost of textbooks and other learning materials (not universally applicable).