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By Subhashis Paul posted Wed September 15, 2021 12:45 PM

  
Education and Technology

As a student, ever wondered about the role of technology in the field of education? Well, most of us would not see a clear link between education and technology. The reason is quite simple, as we have not explored the use of technology in education.

Over the past few years, education has changed a lot. Now, students can learn from the best teachers around the globe sitting remotely. There are lots of free and quality material available to learn any subject. It has only been possible with the rise of the internet. As smartphones have come within reach of ordinary people, now they can also enjoy the power of the internet.

Technology in education has proved to be useful for students with special needs. Special technology allows increasing the independence of a particular student freeing him from the constant need for direct teacher involvement. As a result, a student can choose the speed of learning convenient for him, which leads to more personalized learning. When a student does not inhibit the learning process for the whole group, it reduces the anxiety level, which plays a significant role in education. For example, screen reader applications such as JAWS and specially designed Braille keyboards allow visually challenged students to use the computer.

When the covid-19 pandemic hit, with most educational institutions around the globe shut down, it became necessary to find an alternative to the offline classes that were not possible anymore. It was the driving force to integrate more technology into education. Now, students have online classes instead of offline classes held on zoom or other online meeting platforms. Teachers can still assign assignments with the help of various learning management systems like canvas, google classroom, and many others. Online classes have witnessed increased productivity among students. They do not need to be physically present on the campus and can comfortably attend their classes from their homes. Due to technology, the learning of students has not been hindered during the pandemic.

Overall, technology is central to many sectors of society. Its integration into the education process has excellent promise for student learning. With technology, one can expect increased efficiency and effectiveness on both the part of teachers and students.

Reference materials:
https://soeonline.american.edu/blog/technology-in-education
https://www.teachthought.com/technology/15-assistive-technology-tools-resources-for-students-with-disabilities/
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