If we take a look from the past to the present, it is not difficult to see how much technology has changed and developed. For example, when we were trying to communicate with smoke, now it takes us seconds to communicate with people on the other side of the world. So, has technology really changed education that much? There have always been teachers and trainers since ancient times, they still exist. In fact, technology has not changed our physical facilities much. To better see this, let’s just close our eyes and bring in the oldest classroom picture we can think of. Did you bring it? Now consider how you are currently being educated. Images aren’t the same? We still have teachers in our classes, there are still desks, and we continue to sit and study with a group of friends at that time.
So how exactly has technology affected education? Actually, the answer is very simple! Just as we used to try to communicate with smoke, now it takes seconds to reach the person we want, and in the same way, it takes seconds for us to access information. When internet and computers were not common, or even never existed, people would get information from encyclopedias and even have to go to the library for this. But is it so now? We can access the information we want, wherever we want, at any time. This speed of accessing information has made education much easier for students and individuals of all ages. In this way, our appetite for research and new information has increased compared to the past, as we have the opportunity to access information instantly.
What Technology Offers Us
In addition to the ease of accessing information, the technologies used in our schools have changed enormously. In the past, blackboards were used, then those blackboards turned into whiteboards, then projectors and then smart boards were added to those whiteboards. In particular, the use of projection machines and smart boards enabled the theoretical education to be supported with visuals and thus the permanent learning was further increased. On the other hand, it also made this training more enjoyable. Think about it, while we only see the things we have learned in the book – sometimes even not at all – now we can see them in a richer environment, more varied and detailed. Thus, the information we support with visuals gains a more permanent place in our minds.
Technology, Education and Pandemic
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, trainings are now tried to be held in digital environments. It is still technology that allows this. With the use of some programs, it has now become even simpler to study from home. In fact, the number of areas and places where we can study has increased. We can get training from people and institutions who are experts in any subject we want, both paid and free of charge. Most students who are still attending school can also find the opportunity to develop themselves in line with their interests, so technology also offers students the opportunity to become more equipped and educated individuals.
Technology and Education Between the Past and the Future
Just as we have come to this day from the times we learned from blackboards, our education life will evolve in other directions as technology progresses. In fact, if we look at currently preferred professions and new world professions, most of them are geared towards technology and digital life. Technological opportunities are now being tried to be increased in universities. For example, a pilot student can experience the moment of flight as if it were real thanks to simulation technology and gain experience. Yes, there are many downsides to technology and the internet environment is not as safe as we think, but we should not forget that technology is not just made up of the internet, it is actually something broader. Therefore, it is very important to support every work that will take technology and technology one step further in order to reach the desired level of arrival in a short time.