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The Impact of Digital Education

The presence of technology in our lives affects various aspects of the society in positive ways, including education. New-age students don’t just use computers for their school work, but also for extensive research. Teachers are also increasingly turning towards technology to enhance their lessons and make learning easier and fun. We bring you some important areas where technology has positively impacted the learning system in India.

  1. Unlimited Research at a Click
  2. School libraries may have outdated books or may lack in a particular section of content, but online research can be a boon to students who want to write an essay or work on their research paper. If the school has a computer lab, students can get access to countless articles and content sites where they can obtain the research they need. Many schools use the software of Encyclopaedia Britannica in order to help their students in the research.

  3. Globalized Learning, Maximised Exposure
  4. With the internet, it has become possible for students to communicate with students from other parts of the world. This makes it really easy to learn foreign languages and expand the exposure of young minds. Video conferencing is a boon to students who want to communicate or meet with their global counterparts.

  5. Learning can be Fun
  6. At an early age, many teachers and parents introduce their children to computers through fun-filled educational games. These games instil lessons of spelling, numbering and other early trainings in an enjoyable way. Teachers can use these games to inculcate a love for learning amongst young students. The audio-visual representations keeps children engaged in learning.

  7. Distance Education – Learning Beyond Boundaries
  8. Earlier, before the advent of technology, students could take a correspondence course wherein they would receive study material through post and they would have to send assignments the same way. However, this was a long and complicated procedure for learning. Now, thanks to technology, students can easily take online courses on a wide range of subjects, in a simple and flexible manner.

  9. Field Trips are now called Web Seminars
  10. If a school does not have the resources to send students on field trips, they can opt for web seminars related to their course work. They can visit museums and other educational institutions virtually and enjoy the trip, without having to worry about budgets. NASA is known to offer a program for students wherein they can talk to astronauts in space using such web seminars.

  11. Flexibility Rules Digital Education
  12. One of the biggest impacts of technology is the flexibility. Students can now learn when they learn best and where they learn best. They are no more confined to the four walls of the classroom. They also have more time to learn, without being time-bound through school lectures. The opportunity to learn anywhere and anytime creates an entire new world of opportunity for students.

  13. Goodbye Heavy Bags, Welcome Tabs
  14. Parents are often highly concerned about the weights of school bags, which almost go up to 6 kg in most cases. With technological advancements, students can now reduce the load on their backs and embrace lighter and sharper materials like tabs.

    Virtual classes are now preferred by students all over the world. The flexibility and ease of learning combined with the availability of rich and deep content makes internet learning an ideal choice. Plus, this form of education is thoroughly enjoyed by students, leading to better attention and engagement.

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Re: The Impact of Digital Education

Shame on you for intimating us about reduced prices of NSO books on the day of the exam. The Olympiad exams organized by you are nothing more than a sham.

1. The OSDS ebooks are sold at an exorbitant price for a set of 8 question papers costs Rs.3000. The cost of textbooks and notebooks for an entire academic year for a child in ICSE is Rs.2500. 

2. Students of a particular standard are expected to demonstrate advanced knowledge about the subjects, which is beyond the scope of their normal academic curriculum in ICSE/CBSE. In the normal course of learning, a child in 3rd std. would be learning the advanced topics repeated again in 5th standard. But to do well in the Olympiad, he/she has to put in the extra effort to learn these advanced topics while in 3rd std. itself, putting undue stress on the pace of absorption, defeating the objective of "making learning fun/enjoyable". In it's stead, the Olympiad exams merely serves to prepone the entry into the 'rat-race' as early as 3rd Std. 

For ex. a student studies about Light and Optics in 5th, again in 7th, 9th, 11th and then can go on to specialize in the subject in B.Sc. Physics and M.Sc. Physics. The depth of the subject taught at each level is appropriate to the standard. Expecting a child in 5th std. to learn and demonstrate knowledge about the subject equivalent to 7th std. level - in the name of Olympiad is stupidity. And in order to "accomplish outstanding performance" in the Olympiad, the children sacrifice their play time, time for social interaction, sports etc. and instead sit and mug-up books and other reference material to "do well" and get medals / certificate of excellence. The sad part is that short-sighted parents also put pressure their children to learn-up and perform, so that they can boast about the achievements of their kids in the community/family. It is not enough for such parents if their kids are 1-rank in class with 95+% scores, they need to be gold medallists in Olympiad !!! No lessons learnt from the movie 3-Idiots which is now being screened to students in IIM institutes across the country.

3. If you truly desire to broaden the knowledge of students in Science, Math, English etc. then as would ebe appropriate to each level, first provide a consolidated reference book similar to a textbook, with relevance to the chapters / subjects, with illustrations, practical applications and working examples that they can use to their benefit without going overboard on the depth of subject explained at that particlar standard. The Question bank can then cover not only the syllabus as prescribed by ICSE/CBSE, but this additional reference book published by you - in preparing for the exam.  Keep the costs for buying these ebooks affordable so that Olympiads are not only for the rich and elite. Talent can be nurtured from any spectrum of society by providing a level playing field.

Else the attraction for Olympiads will dwindle like the dime-a-dozen spelling bee contests that are commercially managed for TRP ratings and black money generation without payment of taxes by the promoters/organizers.