In today’s world there is a high demand for people to be ‘digitally literate’ rather than how IT was once seen as an “isolated technological skills.” and not as a everyday part of our lives. According to the NMC Horizon Report (2017 Higher Education Edition), one of educations highest priories is to allow students to “generate a deeper understanding of the digital environment, enabling intuitive adaptation to new contexts and co-creation of content with others.” The use of digital technologies has become a part of everyday life, it is commonly used within work and personally throughout the day. This has led to the requirement of people needing to be digitally literate. So with technology set to dominate our education structure and the way we learn forever, it is important to understand the ways in which it will help education progress, so what exactly are the positives of digital technology in education?
One positive aspect of digital technology in education is the instant feedback on your work you receive. Instead of waiting weeks for your results and feedback from your teacher as they are relied on to mark multiple students work, your results will instantly come up after your exam, this has been tested and used for years with building cards (CSCS) and has been proved successful. Furthermore, the concerns of teacher favoritism with students goes out the window, as digital technology does not understand that concept and will treat every student equally when grading, meaning there are no complaints as computers are mostly designed to be 100% accurate.
Another positive aspect is the monitoring of class engagement though digital technology as it is capable of analysing student data, which can allow teachers to spot areas where students may be struggling, and therefore can adjust their coursework accordingly. Furthermore, technology in classrooms can also take note as each students level of participation can be measured, which will help to identify what students are taking part and what students are not.
The impact of digital technologies, will result in the need to implement methods to identify who is and is not engaging, this can be achieved through giving students quizzes at the start of each year. This methodology will not only provide short term improvements, through seeing who the weaker students are but it will also measure to see if there are improvements across the year group. If there are not improvements then further interventions will be taken.
In addition to the aforementioned advantage’s there are several more including the endless amount of resources online enhancing education. There is a strong emphasis for student to have the opportunity to read new and fresh information. Therefore keeping information fresh and up to date as long as you’re reading and learning from the right sources is imperative. Moreover, hearing a variety of opinions worldwide from experts to citizens who have experienced something can be done by partaking in online surveys, questionnaires or simply arranging an interview over Facebook, the possibilities for gaining more knowledge online is endless. Additionally, new methods such as ‘gamification’ which is the use of competitive scenarios in the classroom, makes school more fun and engaging but mainly more effective in supporting students achieve their highest grade possible, often done by role-play debates with students apposing each other with arguments on a certain topic and deciding on the winner.
Finally, the embracement of individuality within the classroom has blossomed due to digital technology, no student learns in a specific way, and digital technology offers students to learn at their own pace, review their best method of learning and can improve the learning opportunity for those with disabilities as it focuses on what they need to help them improve on knowledge and feel more a part of the classroom, so is digital technology a positive aspect to education and are the new generation of students and ready? Well, it definitely looks like something to be excited for.