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Importance of Technology in Schools

unduhan-13Technology is the need of the day. Technological advancements have made us take a big leap towards success. Every technological reform is a small step towards development. Every invention in technology is a step towards the progress of mankind. Centuries ago, hardly anyone would have imagined working on a computer, or being able to communicate with people across the globe with the use of web and cellular technology. But there were some who dared to dream of such revolutionary changes and made the ‘impossibles’ possible.
Ours as well as our future generations are lucky to be able to witness technological reforms. We are fortunate enough to lead a life of luxury and comfort, owing to technology.

To be able to use it comfortably and effectively, we need a basic knowledge of technology. Its ubiquitous nature just tells us how important it is, in every aspect of life. How can the education sector be an exception? As schools are the founding years of one’s education, it is important to train the students in technology at that stage itself. Also, technology can be adopted as an aid in teaching. Moreover, when everyone is going the e-way, how can schools fall behind? Technology is important in the education today. Let’s become more tech-savvy as parents and/or teachers. Let’s introduce our children to technology, right from school.

How and Why is Technology Important in Schools?

For the Students

As technology is bound to rule our present and future, it is good to obtain a know-how of using it. Children learn faster and can adapt to changes relatively easily. If they are trained in technology during school years, they have high chances of becoming experts in the field. An early beginning is always beneficial in the long run. We are surrounded by technology and are using it all the time. The earlier our kids can master its use, the better for their future. And that’s the main reason why we should train them in using it, from school age. If they learn to use it at a young age, they won’t have to struggle with it as adults.

Studies have shown that children conversant with technology show improvements in their writing, reading, and math skills. The use of computers and video games is known to improve the hand-eye coordination in kids. Technology has also contributed to the decrease in dropout rates, improvement in student attendance, and enhancement in their learning abilities. Technology in school benefits the children during their higher education. It lays a strong foundation of a successful professional life.

In Education

Computers can offer livelier explanations of various subjects (with the help of animations, videos, graphs, etc.). The Internet can be used as a tool in teaching. It can help both teachers and students in obtaining vast amounts of information in less time. The inclusion of technology in the process of learning makes it enjoyable, thus inviting greater interest from the kids. With the right use of lights and sound, information can be rendered more effectively to a large group. The knowledge from around the world can be accessed with ease, with the help of technology. The audio-visual format in which information is presented, makes it easier for the kids to assimilate it.

Technology can ease the communication between the teachers, students, and their parents. A teacher can quickly notify her students of important updates or anything they or their parents need to know. The students can collaborate better using technological means. Computers can be used to do and store homework and other school assignments. Students can be saved of the effort of having to carry books to school. They can carry all the material they need, in the digital format instead.

For the School

The accounts, administration, and other office procedures (such as admission, leave, attendance, etc.) can be simplified by the means of technology. Records of students, teachers, and other school employees can be maintained in an electronic format, thus saving paper and also ensuring robust storage and better data security. Timetables, the exam and holiday schedule, the plans for projects, trips, sports, and cultural activities for different classes can be organized in a better way, in computers. With the use of networking, this data can be accessed from anywhere and by all the concerned departments. Data for the school library, sports/gym equipment, and the records of the sale and purchase of inventory can be made and maintained with the use of computers. Thus, technology can bring all the office work in the e-format.

Moreover, the school can host a website of its own holding information about its activities, achievements, history, future plans, etc., thus increasing its reach. Publicity through social media can help the school earn new admissions and good staff. It can also help the institution advertise for positions to be filled, thus aiding the management in recruitment.

Thus we see that technology not only benefits the school students but also eases office work. It should be a part of what students learn, it should be a part of teaching so that learning becomes more fun, and it is of great help to the management to maintain staff and student information, as well as other important data related to the institution. This is because technology allows for an effective way of storage, access, and distribution of information. It’s time we realize its importance in education and implement it the right way.

Purpose Technology on Communication

The development of technology has considerably improved our lifestyle. It has made its impact felt on each and every aspect of life, including communication techniques. The development of communication has seen huge progress; from symbols to the latest swanky mobiles! Each century has seen a new addition to the ever-growing list of means of communication. The invention of the telephone by Alexander Graham Bell in the year 1875 was the first technological invention that impacted communication in humans to a massive extent. Other subsequent inventions like that of the Internet, cell phone, etc., further eased and changed the world of communication.

Effects of Technology on Communication
Everything has a positive and negative impact, and the impact of technology on the communication process also comes as a mixed bag. In this article, we will discuss the impact of popular technological elements like emails, telephones, cell phones, etc. Mobiles and the Internet are literally basic necessities these days. A majority of us would feel something missing in life, if there were no mobiles or Internet (Agree?).

Take the daily routine of a person in this tech-savvy world. The day begins with a “good morning message” on a mobile app and ends with a “goodnight” on the same app. The social networking apps/sites are, like a virtual world! The incessant use of mobiles and the Internet for communication, use modes like online chats, emails, teleconferencing, video conferencing, networking sites, etc., among other tools. Mobiles, emails, and social networking sites are the most popular means of communication among the current generation.

Technology has transformed the once big and far world into a tiny global village. Thanks to technology, we now have the power to communicate with anybody anywhere in the world. The points below summarize these benefits.

No Communication Barriers
With technology, communication is easy; even in cases when you want to convey something urgently to someone, mobiles and emails come in handy. Technology has made it easy to keep in touch with old contacts, and has strengthened relationships. Finding a date was never so easy, thanks to the dating and chatting websites! Technology is behind the success of long-distance relationships. Video chats and social networking sites have played a big role in keeping people in touch.

Better Development Solutions
Technology has brought the world closer and promoted exchange of thoughts to find better solutions to any problem. Advancements in the modes of communication have promoted faster decision-making, and led to the development and progress of the world. Most businesses depend on technology for communication. For example, video-conferencing has made it possible to give the best education to students via expert faculty on the web.

The most prominent negative effect of technology – the charm of the good old world is missing. The letters, and lengthy face-to-face conversations have gone away, and have been replaced by texting or chatting.

Negative Impact of Technology on Interpersonal Communication
The current generation lacks essential interpersonal skills (the ability to express the ideas and thoughts to others, face-to-face). A major reason for this is the increased frequency of communication through texting and chatting on websites. This has an effect on nonverbal communication as well. Technological means have also affected nonverbal communication. Lack of face-to-face interaction has reduced the nonverbal grasping power of individuals.

Technology Weakens Family Relations
Many teenagers are always hooked to the social networking sites. They are closer to online friends, but the gap between parents and kids has increased considerably. Communication is lacking, as parents are not techno-savvy to the communication styles of the kids, increasing the generation gap. Consider socializing among people. Life has changed a lot; very few social meetings and get-togethers are held these days. People are more bothered about their online life, than their real social life.

Unlawful Use and Addiction to Technology
Modern communication technology has led to many problems. People have become addicted to the Internet and cell phones, and this has led to many anxiety disorders. People addicted to the Internet feel lonely and isolated. Many people abuse social networking sites and communicate with unsuspecting victims pretending to be someone else.

This tendency has done more harm than good.
As you can see technological communication is a double-edged sword. It all depends on how we use these means; use the technological means of communication for sane purposes, and don’t abuse them for malicious motives.

Usefulness of Technology on Education

The development of technology has considerably improved our lifestyle. It has made its impact felt on each and every aspect of life, including communication techniques. The development of communication has seen huge progress; from symbols to the latest swanky mobiles! Each century has seen a new addition to the ever-growing list of means of communication. The invention of the telephone by Alexander Graham Bell in the year 1875 was the first technological invention that impacted communication in humans to a massive extent. Other subsequent inventions like that of the Internet, cell phone, etc., further eased and changed the world of communication.

Effects of Technology on Communication

Everything has a positive and negative impact, and the impact of technology on the communication process also comes as a mixed bag. In this article, we will discuss the impact of popular technological elements like emails, telephones, cell phones, etc. Mobiles and the Internet are literally basic necessities these days. A majority of us would feel something missing in life, if there were no mobiles or Internet (Agree?).

Take the daily routine of a person in this tech-savvy world. The day begins with a “good morning message” on a mobile app and ends with a “goodnight” on the same app. The social networking apps/sites are, like a virtual world! The incessant use of mobiles and the Internet for communication, use modes like online chats, emails, teleconferencing, video conferencing, networking sites, etc., among other tools. Mobiles, emails, and social networking sites are the most popular means of communication among the current generation.

Technology has transformed the once big and far world into a tiny global village. Thanks to technology, we now have the power to communicate with anybody anywhere in the world. The points below summarize these benefits.

No Communication Barriers

With technology, communication is easy; even in cases when you want to convey something urgently to someone, mobiles and emails come in handy. Technology has made it easy to keep in touch with old contacts, and has strengthened relationships. Finding a date was never so easy, thanks to the dating and chatting websites! Technology is behind the success of long-distance relationships. Video chats and social networking sites have played a big role in keeping people in touch.

Better Development Solutions

Technology has brought the world closer and promoted exchange of thoughts to find better solutions to any problem. Advancements in the modes of communication have promoted faster decision-making, and led to the development and progress of the world. Most businesses depend on technology for communication. For example, video-conferencing has made it possible to give the best education to students via expert faculty on the web.

The most prominent negative effect of technology – the charm of the good old world is missing. The letters, and lengthy face-to-face conversations have gone away, and have been replaced by texting or chatting.

Negative Impact of Technology on Interpersonal Communication

The current generation lacks essential interpersonal skills (the ability to express the ideas and thoughts to others, face-to-face). A major reason for this is the increased frequency of communication through texting and chatting on websites. This has an effect on nonverbal communication as well. Technological means have also affected nonverbal communication. Lack of face-to-face interaction has reduced the nonverbal grasping power of individuals.

Technology Weakens Family Relations

Many teenagers are always hooked to the social networking sites. They are closer to online friends, but the gap between parents and kids has increased considerably. Communication is lacking, as parents are not techno-savvy to the communication styles of the kids, increasing the generation gap. Consider socializing among people. Life has changed a lot; very few social meetings and get-togethers are held these days. People are more bothered about their online life, than their real social life.

Unlawful Use and Addiction to Technology

Modern communication technology has led to many problems. People have become addicted to the Internet and cell phones, and this has led to many anxiety disorders. People addicted to the Internet feel lonely and isolated. Many people abuse social networking sites and communicate with unsuspecting victims pretending to be someone else.

This tendency has done more harm than good.

As you can see technological communication is a double-edged sword. It all depends on how we use these means; use the technological means of communication for sane purposes, and don’t abuse them for malicious motives.

Positive Effects of Technology on Society

Technology runs in the veins of society. It is the fuel that drives our lives. It is an integral part of daily life. It has definitely benefited society. It has brought luxury in the life of the common man. Automation brought about by technology has saved human effort and time to a large extent. It has brought distant places closer and simplified information access. It has made the world a smaller place to live in.
Let us look at some of the important areas, where technology has brought a positive change.

Automation in Industry and Household
Technology has automated many of the critical processes in the industry as well as the household. Imagine the amount of labor that must have been involved in industrial processes when the concept of automation did not exist. Electronic gadgets have entered homes of the common man to rescue him from the boredom of daily chores. Imagine the amount of time people must be spending doing household chores during the time there were no machines and household appliances. Today’s is the age of robotics. Machines can learn, adopt new things and perform tasks with near-human efficiency.

Changed Modes of Transport
The automobile industry and technology are interwoven. Time has witnessed this industry evolve from mechanical scooters to automated aircraft. Animals were the only modes of transport in the olden days. Technology was the driving force behind the creation and design of the modern-day automobiles. Bicycles evolved into scooters and sports bikes. The idea of having four-wheeled modes of transport gave rise to the creation of cars. Modes of air and water transport came up, thanks to technology.

Reduced Risk to Human Life
Machines have automated many crucial industrial processes. Machines are now taking up mundane jobs that were once done by human workers. Technology has evolved to an extent where machines can perform tasks that are not feasible for man, either because they are risky or life-threatening or because they are beyond human capacity. The use of advanced technologies like robotics and artificial intelligence has proven to be helpful in life-risking endeavors like mining and space exploration.

Data Management and Information Retrieval
Computer technology, needless to say, has changed the face of the world. Computers can store, organize and manage huge amounts of data. They can process large amounts of information. Computers have given rise to the software industry, one of the most progressive industries of the world. The Internet that seeded from computer networking concepts is the most effective communication platform and the largest information base existing today.

Impact on Entertainment and Advertising
The Internet has brought a positive change to the entertainment and advertising industries. Over the Internet, advertisements can reach the masses within seconds. Internet advertisements have changed equations of the advertising industry. Branding on the Internet is much more effective that other forms of product promotion. The entertainment media has progressed because of advancements in technology. Movies, songs, games are a few clicks away. People have begun using the Internet to watch and download movies, listen to music, play games and entertain themselves. Thanks to handy, mobile and user-friendly devices, all this has become really easy.

Onset of the Digital Age
There’s hardly anything analog now, we live in a digital world, a digital age. Talk pixels and bytes. The digitization of information has enabled us to store it in a compact form. Ever wondered how gigabytes of data can be stored on a small chip? Digitization it is! Also, digitization enriches the quality of data storage. Digital voice and images are of a higher quality. Digital cameras and TVs provide users with an enriched picture quality, thus bettering user experience with technology.

Communication Redefined
Cellular communication has revolutionized the communication industry. The conventional telephone, also a piece of technology, was one of the earliest technological developments in communication. Mobile phones have broadened the horizons of communication by enabling convenient long-distance calling and mobile use. Letters have taken a backseat and emails and cell phone messages have become the easiest means to connect. Owing to developments in technology, communication is wireless. Social networking is another defining factor here. It has given an all-new dimension to communication, entertainment and recreation.

Satellite Technology
Satellite communication is an important facet of technology. Satellite TV and satellite radio have eased the broadcasting of events across the globe. How else do you think could matches and concerts be broadcasted live? Not just TV and radio, even communication to ships and airplanes wouldn’t have been possible if not for satellite communication. Even your hand-held devices wouldn’t be of use, if not for radio communication.
These were still a few fields influenced by technology. It is almost impossible to enlist all the positive effects of technology on society. The fast-advancing technology on the whole, has given impetus to developments in various fields and improved the quality of human life. There’s less risk, less effort, less mess. There’s more leisure, more ease and more speed – all because of that ten-letter word – not a word, a phenomenon – technology.