The 21st century has seen a rapid rise in the use of technology in all aspects of life, and education is no exception. The Indian educational system has seen a significant transformation in recent years. Technology is becoming more prevalent in schools and paving the way for an updated educational system. Technology has transformed the way we learn, communicate and process information. It has made learning more interactive and engaging, and opened up new possibilities for collaboration and knowledge sharing. Technology can be used in various ways to support teaching and learning, from providing access to online resources and tools, to facilitating communication and collaboration between students and teachers. It can also be used to create engaging and interactive learning experiences.
These technology-enabled classrooms (digital infrastructure) offer a wealth of new opportunities for teaching and learning by integrating technology such as interactive whiteboards or projectors, audio-visual capabilities, ICT labs or multimedia centres, educational games, classroom activities, management software, homework submission, review software, cloud-based e-learning initiatives, and so on. Additionally, it has been shown to increase learning retention, customise the learning process, expand opportunities for experimentation, decrease reliance on memorisation, empower teachers and students, and promote active learning even more. Students benefit from virtual tools in a controlled setting that helps them to understand complex ideas. Further, AR and VR technologies are seen as the future of education, despite India’s adoption still being in its infancy.
Technology in education has many benefits, including increased access to educational opportunities, enhanced student engagement, support for personalised learning, and facilitated communication and collaboration. Technology can provide educators with new ways to reach students who may not have access to traditional classroom settings. For example, online learning platforms can make education more accessible for students who live in rural or remote areas. This allows students living in remote areas to learn and understand from a distance, just like physical modes. Technology can help make learning more engaging and interactive. For example, games and simulations can immerse students in real-world scenarios, while social media platforms can facilitate student collaboration.
Technology provides educators with new ways to tailor instruction to meet the needs of individual students. For example, adaptive learning software can adjust the difficulty of content based on a student’s progress, while data analytics tools can help identify students who may need extra support. Technology can help educators facilitate communication and collaboration both inside and outside the classroom.It is no secret that the education sector in India is in dire need of reform. The traditional educational system is often criticised for being outdated and ineffective. In recent years, there has been a growing trend of online education in India. There are many advantages to online education. It is more flexible and convenient than traditional classroom-based learning. It is also more affordable, as it eliminates the need for travel and accommodation costs. Additionally, online education gives students access to a broader range of courses and materials.
The COVID-19 pandemic has further boosted the popularity of online education in India. With schools and colleges closed across the country, students have turned to online platforms to continue their studies. Many educational institutes have quickly adapted to this new reality and are now offering online courses. The rise of online education in India is revolutionising the way students learn. With more people having access to quality education, the country is on its way to becoming a knowledge powerhouse.
Technology has reshaped the education sector in India. It has disrupted the way we used to perceive and consume information. The internet has broken all barriers, and Distance learning is no longer a new concept. With the rise of MOOCs (massive open online courses) and EdTech startups, there is a growing demand for online courses in India. Students are now more comfortable learning digitally. They can access course material from anywhere at any time. This flexibility and convenience attract students to opt for online courses.
Views expressed above are the author’s own.
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