THE INTERNET AND SCHOOL: BENEFITS OF THE INTERNET TO THE EDUCATION SYSTEM

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The internet is without a doubt the most useful technology of modern times. It has revolutionized our day-to-day activities as well as our professional lives making it difficult to discuss any aspect of contemporary society without considering the internet. The younger generation is reported to be the most active of users and parents go out of their way to make sure they use this space responsibly. Parental control apps such as FamiSafe are readily available and are aimed at safeguarding children 24/7. Like most parental control apps, FamiSafe has locationtracker feature that notifies the parents of the whereabouts of their children. You don't have to call or text them often to know where they are. A quick look at the app will alert you the exact location and time. This is through the use of GPS that helps in the location tracking to give peace of mind to parents. 

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The impact of the internet on the education system is debatable. This is because well over half of the world’s population has no access to power let alone the internet. The unequal access to technology and dominance of traditional forms of classrooms has created a divide of those who are pro internet and those who are not. The internet has immense potential to improve the quality of education. It may not be the answer to every educational challenge but it sure eases some of the processes. Below is a highlight of some benefits that the internet has towards the education system;

  • THE INTERNET IS A LEARNING TOOL

The internet is a pillar of any future-oriented education system. It’s full of interactive teaching methods that enable teachers to offer more attention to each student and support shared learning. Teachers use online materials to make lesson plans and prepare exams. If used well, the internet eliminates teacher-student geographical barriers and promotes interactions amongst teachers and colleagues all over the world.

  • ACCESS TO INFORMATION

The internet is an online library that gives teachers and students the ability to access all sorts of information. It keeps us up to date with the latest information regarding the subjects we are interested in. Gone are the days when learning was limited to an out-of-date encyclopaedia that was to be shared by a bunch of students. Nowadays, anything that you want to find out more is just at a click of a button and teachers have a lot more resources at their fingertips which improves learning.

  • THE INTERNET BRIDGES COMMUNICATION GAPS

The Internet enhances communication and helps teachers avoid any glitches. Information shared digitally is more secure than passing data through notes and blackboards. The internet facilitates communication both inside and outside the classroom using websites and blogs that give students the ability to download their assignments and projects. The use of email makes it easier for teachers to have quick feedback from students and ask questions instead of having to wait until the next time they are back to the classroom. This type of communication is also great for parents who would benefit from updates and reminders received digitally instead of digging through their backpacks after school to make sure they don’t miss any important notes from the teachers.

  • THE INTERNET ALLOWS STUDENT TO ENJOY VIRTUAL FIELD TRIPS

The internet can take students on virtual trips without ever having to leave the school. For learning purposes, some things are better taught practically but given the budgets and cost-cuts that most schools face, going for a virtual tour to a museum in Africa can have students learning a lot without having to leave their seats.