Education & Technology

There’s always been a debate as to how much technology is actually too much technology in various domains. This is true for technology in education as well. We have come a long way from the blackboard, chalk and duster classrooms to online classrooms that have students from around the world. Surely, not all of it is bad. In fact, technology seems to has made education evolve. Today, access to education is all pervasive because of technology.

Educational technology is the use of both physical hardware, software, and educational theoretic to facilitate learning and improving performance by creating, using, and managing appropriate technological processes and resources. Wikipedia

A primary purpose for employing instructional technology in schools is to enhance student learning. Has technology been successful in helping students learn more effectively and efficiently? Much research has been done on this question, but the answer is far from certain.

Some believe that education awards may help. Others do not seem to think so. There will always be debate on how much education excellence awards can help in the matter, or national education awards. Some are of the opinion that even the international education awards can’t help propagate technology in education. It has to be from the ground up and not the other way round, say a lot of people!

In medieval times, books were rare and only an elite few had access to educational opportunities. Individuals had to travel to centers of learning to get an education. Today, massive amounts of information (books, audio, images, videos) are available at one’s fingertips through the Internet, and opportunities for formal learning are available online worldwide through the Khan Academy, MOOCs, podcasts, traditional online degree programs, and more. Access to learning opportunities today is unprecedented in scope thanks to technology. Purdue University

Learning management systems, student information systems, and other software are also used to distribute assignments, manage schedules and communications, and track student progress. And educational software and applications have grown more “adaptive,” relying on technology and algorithms to determine not only what a student knows, but what his or her learning process is, and even his or her emotional state. EdWeek

Most people residing in Delhi believe that education awards in Delhi seem to help with promotion of educational institutions. While those residing in Mumbai, do not agree that education awards in Mumbai are of any such help. The response from Southern states of India was balanced with almost half of the respondents agreeing to the statement that education awards in Bangalore or for that matter, education awards in Bengaluru, can and do help institutions promote themselves, while the rest of the respondents strongly negated the same.

So, the debate is still on and it just might be years before it’s settled once and for all! What almost everyone agrees on though, is the fact that National Award for Teachers is something that can help motivate the teachers and raise the quality of teaching in our institutions. This is expected to enhance the employability of our students and help the country on the path to future growth.

New technologies like AI, machine learning, and educational software aren’t just changing the field for students, they’re shaking up the role of educators, creating philosophical shifts in approaches to teaching, and remodeling the classroom. BusinessInsider

Technology transforms the learning experience. Students have access to an incredible amount of new opportunities. From learning how to code to learning how to better collaborate across teams and with their instructors–technology empowers students to be more creative and be more connected. New tech has super-charged how we learn today. SecureEdge

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