The Internet is a global system of interconnected computer networks that transmit data by packet switching. It’s like a library with no physical space, where you can find and download any information you want without ever having to step foot inside. The internet has become the world’s most powerful and pervasive communication medium: it enables people around the globe to share their knowledge and ideas, access entertainment or purchase goods from just about anywhere in seconds. One could say that we’re living in an age of “virtual globalization.”
The internet has become a fundamental part of our lives and it’s not just for social media or watching cat videos anymore! From browsing articles on Wikipedia to streaming lectures from your favorite universities, the internet is transforming the way we learn and teach. Here are 13 impacts of the internet on education:
Faster and Cheaper Learning
Technology allows for faster and cheaper learning with the use of online resources, MOOCs (Massive Open Online Courses), etc. Students can now take courses from some of the world’s best universities while barely lifting a finger!
There are many free online courses available to people of all ages, including math, science, history, business, economics, foreign languages ,etc. These are perfect for someone who is interested in learning more about a specific subject but lacks the time or money to take a traditional course at their local college/university.
There are also free online courses available on Coursera, EdX ,and Khan Academy that anyone can take and “pass” if they watch the lectures and do the required work beforehand.
But technology alone isn’t enough to make learning possible. It takes motivation and determination on part of learners as well.
Fosters Social Interaction
Educating has become so easy now because students have the opportunity to socialize with other students online and exchange information. With a few clicks, students can contact anyone in the world who has knowledge in a specific subject which is a great tool for learning. Not only this, but it also gives them a chance to learn from others’ mistakes as well as their success.
In addition to traditional lecture videos, you can now find video lectures from many universities on YouTube that you can play along with as you read through your textbooks. This helps increase retention by making information more interactive and fresh in one’s mind. In fact, studies have shown that rthe etention rate increases if the material is presented multidimensionally rather than monodimensionally (e.g., text plus lecturer).
Some websites, such as Chegg allow students to rent textbooks are a fraction of the cost. This helps save money for students who don’t want to pay full price for brand new textbooks every semester.
Enhanced Communication Skills
The internet has changed communication in many different ways that have impacted the ways in which students communicate with others, both online and offline.
One way in which communication has changed is through social media platforms like Facebook, Twitter, etc where people can learn about their friends’ interests or follow celebrities or companies/brands (i.e., Nike) and get updates on their latest news by simply scrolling down their timeline. Followers also get to see what companies post on these pages if they choose “see first” when setting up their newsfeed.
Another way in which communication has changed is through learning a language online. With websites such as DuoLingo, students can learn how to speak a new language by practicing with people from around the world. They can even set up “friend” groups and talk to one another whenever they want!
Learning online allows for easy access to videos that help students learn skills that they may need for their future career or personal life (i.e., yoga videos).
With the touch of a button, you can find any type of video on YouTube and other similar websites and watch it at your convenience for free! This allows you to practice these skills at home without worrying about transportation or scheduling conflicts.
Allowing for Distance Education
Distance education has existed for years via correspondence courses, but having technology in the 21st century allows students to take courses from anywhere they can access the internet. For college-aged students who are no longer living with their parents or live outside of the city, they attend school in, distance education is a great option.
The Internet also allows better communication as there are many sites such as Facebook and Instagram where people can share ideas and get to know one another without needing to physically meet. This allows for better learning because people are able to ask questions and get real answers from others with knowledge in that certain subject.
There is also a site named Quora, where students can ask any question they have and receive feedback from knowledgeable individuals who either answer the question or post their own thoughts on how it could be solved.
Many websites such as Twitter allow you to view things from other perspectives by retweeting or reposting tweets which can promote empathy towards different cultures/world views, etc.
Promoting Critical Thinking
Critical thinking has become essential these days as we rely more heavily on technology than ever before due to demands in the workplace and in our social lives.
The Internet allows one to think critically by looking at all sides of an argument through multiple perspectives via different websites such as Politifact, which researches politicians’ statements for accuracy before posting them on their website. This can help people decide who they want to vote for during elections or if the information that a politician is sharing with the public is true.
New Technical Skills
The internet has changed education in many ways and one way in which it has done so is the ease of access to new technical skills. For instance, online courses allow you to learn how to code or edit videos from home without attending a traditional college course where these skills are taught.
There are all types of outlets for learning new tech skills via the internet, whether it be live videos of individuals teaching you how to code through YouTube or free online courses on sites like Coursera.
Access To Self Learning
The internet has given us access to websites such as Wikipedia which can provide fast explanations of topics or spark interest in topics you may want to learn more about.
This allows you the ability to look up information on your own time which makes it easier for students who are constantly busy with school and extracurricular activities.
Different Methods Of Teaching
There are many different teaching methods that exist today, but one common one that is used online is lectures. Lectures allow instructors to teach students without physically being thereby streaming videos of themselves teaching their class which gives students all over the world an opportunity to attend these classes if they cannot physically show up.
These lectures can be uploaded onto a website like YouTube where anyone can access them from anywhere at any time. This allows students to learn at their own pace so they can watch the lectures before having class, during lunch, or even if they are sick and cannot physically show up.
While these videos may serve as a replacement for in-class learning, there is no guarantee that students actually attend them which defeats the purpose of lectures in the first place.
Motivation To Learn
The internet gives us access to information on demand which makes it easier for students to learn more about certain topics while laying in bed at night rather than waiting until morning when classes begin where instructors may not cover everything you want to know about.
Motivation is important in education because this is what drives individuals to achieve their goals by working hard.
One drawback of this method, however, is that students may not be motivated to learn because most of them have learned that they can look up whatever they want on the internet whenever they feel like it.
The internet gives students the ability to do multiple things at once. Instead of having to sit down for hours in a row and read a textbook or take notes, students can now use this free time to watch lectures online, instant message with friends, surf the web, etc.
While this may not boost grades if students are easily distracted by these temptations while trying to study for an upcoming test or writing an essay, it can provide new ways of learning outside of traditional face-to-face classroom settings.
Access To Fast Information Outside Classroom
Students are able to seek other ways of learning outside of what is being taught in class. They can seek information on their own time and at their own pace which allows them to learn more about what they want and need to know.
There are many free resources that students have access to while studying if they look online. It can take student hours of searching for a certain topic to find the best resource whether it be a textbook, website, online video, or lecture that can help them with their daily studying.
While the internet has definitely changed the ways in which students learn and access information, it can be beneficial if used properly so students do not become distracted.
The Internet has made learning easier for all types of knowledge. Students are able to search online for fast explanations that allow them to grasp a concept faster or look up information not covered in class which lets them have more time to do other things outside of school.
The internet has definitely changed the ways in which students learn and access information, but it can be beneficial if used properly so students do not become distracted. These are just many impacts of the Internet on education.