3 Ways Technology Has Altered Education

Technological advancement continues to revolutionise every aspect of our daily lives, bringing about unparalleled convenience and efficiency. Priding ourselves as a global education hub, Singapore has embraced the relevance of technology in the educational realm, with the Ministry of Education’s introduction of the FutureSchools@Singapore Programme a decade ago. Here are 4 ways technology has transformed the classrooms of today:

Greater Accessibility to Information

Despite the benefits of education, many used to forgo formal education due to a variety of reasons, such as financial and geographical limitations. Technology has broken down these barriers by providing viable alternatives for educational material to be received and shared online. Digital books, including textbooks, can be found online for little to no cost. Formal courses are provided online by institutions of higher learning, with course graduates being able to earn verified certification from anywhere in the world.

Multi-function printers, such as those in our MAXIFY and imageCLASS series, allow for printing, scanning and copying of documents. These devices make it easy to convert information from hard-copy to soft-copy formats, ensuring that no information from physical or online sources becomes obsolete to anyone, regardless of their tech-savviness or studying preferences.

Accuracy in Simulation and Replication

Within the confines of a classroom, there can be several limitations educators can face when attempting to explain certain concepts clearly. The Concord Consortium develops simulation softwares for teachers of science, math and engineering – for instance, their Molecular Workbench is not only a curation of multiple simulations detailing molecular properties and reactions, but also allows for educators and students to create and customise their own models. Technology helps to visualise concepts as vast as the theory of evolution, or as miniscule as atomic structure.

For fields like engineering and architecture, replication of real-life scenarios and models is essential to hone the abilities of students and ensure safety standards of their work in the future. Thankfully, modelling technology has improved in both efficiency and accuracy over the years. Approximately 600 architecture students from The University of Nottingham’s Department of Architecture and Built Environment have the Canon Projet series of 3D printers to thank for their annual output of 150 3D models, now produced in greater intricacy and shorter durations.

Increased Interactivity and Personalisation

On several levels, technology is enabling students and teachers to be more connected than before. Consultation now extends beyond the four walls of the classroom, with convenient two-way communication over email, file-sharing and instant messaging platforms. Even within the classroom setting, the development of interactive technologies, such as Canon’s LV-WX300USTi short-throw projector, has  facilitated greater student input and engagement in class. Using the short-throw projector’s Finger Touch module, up to four individuals can make notes using interactive pens on the projected screen, and record these notes for future reference, facilitating collaboration and discussion among lesson participants.

Traditionally, the standardised teaching methods of one teacher to many students often overlooked the different preferences or special needs of every unique individual. The ability to bring education outside of the classroom’s boundaries allows for greater personalisation of education. With digital learning, individuals can consume education at their own timing and pace while being in close contact with educators, and information is conveniently accessed by students with disabilities in sight or movement.

In today’s increasingly knowledge-driven world, education is essential for basic survival and progression. While new technologies have indeed shaken up traditional education, it appears to be largely for the better, eliminating obstacles and improving accessibility to knowledge.

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