What are the advantages of technology in education?
“Time is money,” and “the most costly outlay is time,
“Schools” may soon be a term taught only in history books, technology is moving at a fast pace.
Let’s not forget that mobile phones were a novelty 30 years ago. I grew up with the TV showing the test-signal for most of the day. The pace of technology is absolutely staggering. If we look at all the technology, old and new, out there and looked for a common thread, we will find it lies in time.
Reducing or speeding up time is the name of the game. Why? Time is money. But money means production and thus time is production.
This goes against the fact that we teach that time is a constant tick-tock; it is not a constant.
Time is measured in products. The more you study, work or sell the more time you create.
If you complete a course in ½ the time, you gain the other ½. You make millions by 30 and you can reduce your retirement age from 65 to 30; net gain 35 years.
Time is not money but money is time. So, how much time have you got in your bank?
This may seem like a lecture in semantics but it isn’t, we can’t change the constant tick-tock but we can change time by increased production.
So, the first point to teach kids is what time really is and it is not what’s on the clock!
Technology in a society where education doesn’t deliver productive graduates causes a lot of problems and our educational systems have been struggling to cope since the Industrial Revolution.
We have got to get our education sorted and technology in schools must empower teacher-student partnerships, its aim must not be production in term of tests or other KPIs (key performance indicators) but to actually improve the learner.
What is the objective? A student who is certain he can study any subject matter and is able to develop, recombine, question the topic and show he can apply it.
Time is a good example, we can teach him the seconds and the hours but does he understand he can control time by production!
He understands this and we have got ourselves a winner!
There are 2 steps in any learner’s life:
1. Reaching the point where he can study any subject confidently. The stress is on “he”, not in our opinion or based on our test results. He must attest it to himself. There IS much more to be said on this point!
When we look at apps, software, etc we can see that it directly enhances the Teacher-Student partnership.
2. Studying under his own volition. He can do this without needing supervision. This is where the advantages of technology in education really make a difference.
Technology here can really reduce time and increase production.
It is point 1 that is so crucial.
I would love to hear your thoughts on this!