Several tech-driven learning trends have been breaking down what we used to know in traditional classrooms. Instead of writing on notebooks, students are seen typing and scrolling on laptops. Instead of the teacher writing on the blackboard, they either have a digital presentation of notes or they show their students instructional videos. The ongoing question is whether growing technologies are beneficial or not to the traditional learning system. Here are some pros and cons for you to think about:
- The internet has broken the barrier of limiting teachers to just teaching the students in front of them. Online courses can now reach millions of students from around the world at a cheaper cost than entering a prestigious university. The world wide web has also created new learning opportunities for students, such as paper writing services.
- High-tech learning devices such as virtual or augmented reality create new dimensions for learning. Traditional learning was seen as tedious and boring, however, it is now jumped into more engaging and awe-inspiring experiences. Virtual and augmented reality can help students immerse themselves in real history situations. These can possibly increase faster learning, better retention and improved decision-making. Our brains are ultimately more stimulated when we are doing things we enjoy.
- Data and algorithms can be used to analyze students’ progresses, assess each and everyone’s strengths and weaknesses, and create more programs that adapt to their learning skills.
- For students who are used to a traditional sit-down in a classroom listening to a professor talk, they might not be used to reading online instructions on their bed. Unless you are really self-disciplined, it is not recommended to take online courses because you might forget you even have a class that day. In-person experiences can also be classified as more motivating and engaging, as you can raise your hand and ask a question if you don’t understand something. Questions and concerns can get lost in a sea of emails in an online course.
- Even though virtual reality can provide a unique experience, you cannot be too sure that the student is taking in the intended information. The argument is also being too immersed in technology prevents the student from going out into the world and actually experiencing these things in real life. Human interaction is also an important aspect for students and teachers alike to grow. Conversation is important as opinions differ from person to person. VR and AR experiences won’t help you in an interview. Talking with a professor or a fellow student will.
- Data can be collected without your knowledge and distributed to a third-party. Make sure you are fully aware of the FERPA, which is the federal student-privacy law, so you can see that this doesn’t happen to you.