We are living in the digital age and this has changed many aspects of the way we live our lives. It’s changed the way we socialise, the way we shop, how we find and source information, the way we date and form relationships and the nature of crimes committed in online spaces. One area that technology has had a huge impact on is the education space.
Advances in technology now mean that most young people own a smartphone or tablet and are increasingly proficient at using these types of technologies.
Now, these kinds of devices have a place in the classroom and can make a difference to transforming how learning takes place. Portable devices like tablets can be useful learning tools, allowing children of all ages to access new information, education software and resources.
With technology integrated into classrooms, access to the cloud and devices, classroom learning can be more interactive and collaborative. Educators can use technology to change classroom dynamics where rather than simply teacher-to-student learning frameworks, technology can allow for more communication and collaboration between educators and students but also between peers.
Traditionally, classroom collaboration has been limited to those students physically in the same classroom but this can now expand to students in all different places. Group projects are more easily facilitated with technology and software allowing multiple contributors on one document or piece of work. The walls of a classroom are no longer a barrier.
Now studying, particularly tertiary education, doesn’t necessarily travelling to a major city and physically attending a university five days a week. Instead, the online world means that you can undertake an online course and earn yourself a qualification at your own pace, on your terms, from the comfort of your own home.
Online education has changed the nature of education in making tertiary education far more accessible for those who, due to professional or lifestyle commitments, were unable to undertake traditional tertiary education courses.
No matter what your schedule is like or how restricted you are in where you can travel, you can enroll in an online course and start studying. As well as this, the course offered online are often much broader in their scope allowing you to tailor courses to suit exactly what you’re looking to study.
Opportunities To Learn New Skills
The digital age has created the opportunity for new jobs in the workforce, new industries and new skills to be learnt. This gives students, from kindergarten to university, the opportunity to gain training in these new spaces and develop a range of new skills that they then may use in the workforce.
For example, digital marketing, social media management, coding, website development and game technology are all flourishing industries requiring skills not previously taught or considered within the education space.
Jade Anderson is an experienced In-house Editor at Upskilled. With a background in online
marketing, Jade has always had a love for the written word. She enjoys being able to combine
these skills with her passion for the education industry.