Earlier technology in education was a controversial topic where everyone had their own opinion on modernizing education or the way it is being imparted. People saw a lot of positive and negative angles to adopting technology in school. But, as technology started penetrating the education sector, people started realizing the importance of the same in transforming teaching and the way it is being taught.
The technological development around the globe is fast changing the year-old methods of teaching and learning, dramatically revolutionizing the role of a teacher and that of legacy way education imparted. The transformation can be seen in everything from the books, homework being given or the way chalkboards have been changed into smartboards which are shifting towards online classrooms. Today there is a new trend of personalizing the learning process where the students can customize their separate ways of learning independently. This technology has changed classes into virtual classrooms without borders and opened access to information which could not have been possible otherwise or affordable world-class education.
Today, technology-driven education has been deemed essential and is going to play a critical role in restructuring the whole education sector to figure out all the learning problems that will alleviate the exponential growth of human knowledge. However, there is an expanding fear that the intelligent machines will replace human teachers entirely and that the experience of face-to-face teachers will soon be on its way to becoming obsolete. One can say that automation is already threatening millions of jobs in the market, we can also anticipate that the teachers maybe next, however in this time of need teachers need to change the way they are teaching.
One can do nothing but be amazed by observing the way digital revolution has transformed the lives of humans in all aspects including socially, scientifically, politically and economically during the last half-century. The change in information and communication technology (ICT) sector has brought about real-time communication, time concepts and the exchange of information and breakdown of space. The technology considerably changed the dynamics of teaching and learning in education. One can say that only a few years back educational institutes had lamp projectors with transparent slides to show class presentations or deliver lectures, now there are laser projectors and powerpoint presentations. Computers, laptops, and smartphones are omnipresent. The use of graphics calculators, simulations, models, animations, 3D images and video clips on smart boards bring to life and animate specific phenomenon. Alongside it is interactive, joyful, exciting, stimulus and lively which attracts the attention of students. One can obtain extensive information on any topic on different websites including videos and audios which can be accessed by the students giving them the freedom to determine their way of learning the things. The students today are already accustomed with the software and tools that are needed and carry with them on their mobile phones to have easy access to the materials themselves and can study the same anywhere anytime.