Education is the most vital part of any country as it not only transforms youth but also reshape the future of country. The future of any country can be predicted by the quality of education provided by institutes. From this, we can measure the importance of schools and the quality of education it provides. It is the 21st century, and education is much more than just reading a random book or gathering some information from it. Now technology has taken over all the industries and sector; education is one of them. The teaching of this century is a complicated mixture of challenges and opportuneness. The ever-growing technological tools have taken over the world and are in huge demand in the education sector. Keeping in view the growing demand the education sector is fully ready to address the ever-evolving needs and challenges and let’s wind up it in the single name- Education technology.
Our youth is tech-savvy now, and technology is entwined in such a way that its effects in living standards are undeniable. In such circumstance when children are so much used to technology, our old fashioned classrooms with blackboards or whiteboards take them several years back. Let us accept that the future is about technology and gadgets, so, there is a dire need to embed them in the education sector. As well as prepare kids to witness the inevitable future challenges in their professional life.
Incorporating Education Technology in Pakistani Schools
Our Pakistani youth is a digital native having the internet everywhere. With the growing telecom sector and feasibility of 4G, we seldom think our selves without it and hence are children are also getting used to it. Mainly, it is used by kids to connect with their friends through different apps or entertainment channels. The adoption of new technology has enabled our youth to revolutionize this world. The distinctive characteristics of being tech-savvy are also reforming our society. If I say that today’s youth can speak the language of technology and create technological perspectives, it would not be wrong.
Being facilitated with online gaming apps, these little champs have developed technical skills, but sadly, they cannot utilize these skills in schools. Why? Because most of the schools in Pakistan have not incorporated technology in education. Ironically, the policymakers and parents are reluctant to say goodbye to old means of education. However, some changes that are adopted by Pakistani Schools show be praised.
Moreover, the weight of heavy school bags also need to be addressed, and the technology should be incorporated to free students from this burden. In our current education system, bringing books to schools is compulsory. The modern institutes are replacing textbooks with technical resources. Now Laptops, tablets and iPads have taken the place of books and are the source of more knowledge than the old fashioned textbooks. Some private institutes in Pakistan have introduced smartboards in the classroom. However, usually due to the untrained faculty member, this facility is not used.
Some institutes have installed projectors in classrooms so that they can provide knowledge to kids in pictorial view. It is also an excellent initiative which helps the student learn in a better way than before.
There are some technical programs which are exercised in different countries such as digital books, Google Chromebook and tablets. These things are not only cost-effective but also easy to manage. Some International schools are providing students with Mathematics such as Dream Box, ST Math and Zearn for polishing mathematics skills, while a program like Achieve 3000 and No Red Ink enhance reading and writing skills. By adopting a futuristic approach in the education sector, we can prepare kids to survive in the upcoming technical world. Use of technology enhances the capabilities of the students, making them a competent and updated person. Far better equipped are the technologically assisted individuals notwithstanding whether teachers or students.