I am going to write about technology making education more accessible to all. First of all, I am going to write about what technology is in today’s world, and then I am going to write a definition of education. I am also going to write about the advantages of technology making education more accessible to all, but also the down falls of technology and then I am going to conclude this article by writing what I think about using technology for making education more accessible to all.
But a few points need to be raised:
1- Understanding what technology is in today’s world
The definition of technology in a dictionary is “the application of scientific knowledge for practical purposes”. In this article, practical purposes means for education and technology in today’s world is about using technical instruments for the purpose of education.
2- A definition of education
The definition of education in a dictionary is “the process of educating or being educated, the theory and practice of teaching, information about or training in a particular subject.” Education is not only going to school and learning in books it’s also knowing history of our past, having good manners, being able to talk about the world, being able to write an article, building our personality…
3- Advantages of technology
In today’s world we use computers, i-Pads, eBooks, web cams, printers, scanners, phones, digital cameras, filming machines… Thanks to all these technical instruments communication and education have become much easier, such as applying to university or for a job, information for school work or learning a language. Everything is much faster and much more accessible. For example: I am writing this article on the computer and I am going to send it by internet, so it’s going to get to the juries much faster than if I was writing it by hand and sending it by post. Most people in rich countries own a computer or have access to one. My school gave me one.
4-Down falls of technology
The down fall of technology is that nothing is physical; you are not taking a pen for example and writing with it. Writing by hand gives a personal touch which a typed document does not have. With technology you are either typing or pressing buttons. That is technology in today’s world. People rely too much on technology; it’s becoming life and death. For example: your brother has sent you an email and is asking you how you are. In the case that you are unhappy, you have the choice to either reply that you are fine because it’s too long to explain way you are not happy and in that case he will never know it and will not hear your tone of voice and see your facial expression; or you can say that you are unhappy but the risk is that he won’t understand your feelings because you are not talking face to face. The solution of a web cam is good but only for short periods of time because you can’t stay there all day, you need to do other things and it’s not the same as meeting in person.
In my opinion, I don’t think that technology can help to make education accessible to all. Technology can be used for particular educational purposes like researching information or submitting an article. Poor people don’t have these instruments but they can still learn because education is also about living with people face to face. It is sad that life is going at the speed of light.