Modern education has been flaunted all round the world, which is useful and easy for teachers but not for students. Some days back I was browsing through the internet for some education details. That time I was just mouth struck to see a photograph where a school is with modern teaching methods like LCD in a class room. It was showcasing me the a great apadptalization towards technology by using instructive aids by modern day teachers to educate children. Actually it was a kindergarten school, where the children were of age 8-9 years sitting in their seats and a teacher was teaching and guiding them through a LCD projector. I'm not sure how in a dimly-lit classroom, which is lime light so that the screen is visible to all where anyone could imagine how much it is difficult and how sustainable the delicate eyes of small children could bear.
Modern methods with modern problems
Day by day technology is growing, but the problems which is created by them is just rapid and many are suffering from it. The world is behind new and modern
technology which makes their work easy. While the world is growing rapidly more in technologically advanced, thus increasing the need for balanced, bright,
educated and healthy individuals but our school systems are falling further and further behind in meeting the needs. Due to this, the schools find it easier to
educate the children, but they don't care on the health of those small kids. Even not only schools, we need to talk about parents also who just introduce
computer and gadgets to kids at a small age. With the current addiction on using technology in education many parents and schools are introducing computers to children at young ages. This is on way of making their life easier and make them to know lots of things, new things just on surfing rather than reading books and understanding. They just give them a head start on developing academic skills and well also to prepare them self for the workplace of a better future to competitiveness. But recently educators, doctors, scientist, psychologists and various organizations like WHO have raised their concerns about children's using computer at an early age. Even though disability and difficulty can be bridged by technology but the number of questions that are raised on whether this form of educating children will really be helpful and beneficial for their physical, mental and emotional taking care on over all development of a student to face this World ?
On talking of physical development, we know that there are many health issues in using computer and other electronic gadgets at a early age. The most important and the compelling arguments which was found and made against the use of computers were the risk of repetitive motion injury which is scientifically known as Carpal Tunnel Syndrome. This problem mainly comes for children that adults. It has a greater risk for students who are just using computer from an early age. This is because children's skeletal and muscular systems are not fully formed as it will be in the growing stage and also prone to greater risk for injury at a very early age.
Parents just choose the school for their children based on the infrastructure and luxury the children needs as they are same like in their home. They just prefer schools which advertise in bold letters providing the facilities heading that they are providing Air - Conditioned classrooms and use modern technology to teach students. So on seeing these ads parents opt for such schools international schools for their children without even thinking about the harmful effects which takes place on their child's growth. Scientist and Researchers have found some health issues which happen due to change of nature condition, which is they indicate that air-conditioning undermines and changes our natural adaptation to heat which hinders and affects the endocrine system. They also found that Air-conditioning leads to obesity. Because usually humans burn calories more slowly in a cool environment that is Air-Conditioned and also tend them to eat more. On practicing in schools, even at homes children's are preferring the same, were they just turn up the air-conditioning and do their work on computers and watch television. Due to this Children do not want to go outside for playing games, as a result they get less exercise and this leads to obesity. Also due to continuous usage of computer an another possible risk is eye-strain and eye-rashes which may include dryness due to not blinking enough, often getting headaches and blurry vision.
Emotional and Intellectual Development:
The concern over here is on using computer at an early age. Due to this consequence of intensive usage of computer early age use on children's mental and intellectual development. The time spent on a computer is at very risk which not only affects the life of the people but also the amount of time available for interaction with humans and it also decreases the amount of time a child spends in creative play. The creativity and finding his own knowledge will limits the development of a child's imaginative skill and creative abilities. Educators emphasizes that direct interaction with others have the greatest impact on a child's language and literary development. Interaction is more important in the part of education. In modern education we don't find it. Students are engaged and mage to be active when they are interacting with teacher and with other students. But in LCD projectors, we don't find any interaction with students. These LCD projectors which are now widely used in schools for educating children fall flat in all means. They are just a stable device which just spoils the children's life. Student's engagement and activeness is lot more important than attending schools.
A Simple Machine
A simple machine called LCD projector do not engage students, only a Teacher can engage students with their teaching. May be it is not teacher's job to make the students attract and watch while they teach. But this an LCD can't do. It is teacher's job for what they are being as a teacher and their duty to watch while students work. Any way students do not learn or develop their knowledge by watching the teacher but they learn a lot while doing or interacting with them. Modern teaching gives us new and innovative methods which can be a welcome asset but at the same time they do not cater the needs for the overall development of a student. Their original purpose is to supplement and enhance the true methods of education but they fail to do it. They just spoil the students both mentally and physically. Instead these new modern methods are replacing those old traditional ways that were working beautifully and made students a over all development for his and left it their place a vast wasteland now.
Role of Technology in education
We all know technology plays an important role in enhancing and developing our learning system. Through internet it has been made possible to know all things. We can attend classes from sitting in home through Video Conferencing or live chat and clear all our doubts. The time of blackboards with chalk and notice boards are changed. The most extreme factor in a teaching methods and its process is the quantity and quality of the lessons given by the teachers are changed and not so understandable for students. Teachers are therefore should use modern teaching aids. Scientific proof has been made that learning from books and black board is comparatively less when the students understand a lot on pictures and videos. We all know a picture is equal to 1000 words and a video is equal to 1000 pictures. So our modern education follows these techniques to educate children well and make them understand well. Modern teaching aids are used to make learning sessions interactive and motivating. All these modern aids help the students to learn well and understand. Nowadays, as classes are modified and equipped with Modern teaching aids such as speakers, online streaming videos, Interactive Whiteboards, Visualizer, response system, CD's, projectors and educational software etc. The teaching done with all these technology makes the students to have interest in learning than the same old black board and teachers. Teaching done Modern teaching aids is important and most preferred in the technological age. Many subject topics can be taught better and made the students to understand well than reading from books. We can teach students in more depth and cleared all doubts with Modern teaching aids.
Teachers must use various types of Modern teaching aids to connect with students. Now days, we can find class rooms ith out teachers and just students sitting in class room and a teacher is teaching through online video streaming from some other place. These things are done by the satellite and communication to students is made possible to clear doubts and make them understand. Modern teaching aids incorporate audio-visual techniques like speakers, screens that influence and create the interest and memory of students. Utilizing Modern teaching aids successfully will create good educated students as it states to the best platform for learning and teaching. Teachers are using multimedia content which makes students to see more interestingly s they watch films with audio and video into their lessons. The teacher has to be sure to identify the main points of the contents so that children can absorb the knowledge. A multimedia and flash content gives the student a better learning and new experience as they can watch the actual phenomena and understand the processes and subjects well.
Our Classroom's and Student's:
With Interactive Whiteboards, Teachers can teach and save on their content with the important points which they want to teach and save it in computer files that can't be done through traditional boards. Due to this, time factor is reduced and also teacher is not needed to write each time on boards the same lessons. Time has come to integrate with the use modern teaching aids into the classroom for effective learning, understanding and teaching for students. Students, who come to schools for education especially small children almost find them very difficult to loathe about their daily assignments and homework which are filed to them. These young minds find it more strain and stress and makes the to get envy on their own teachers as they come in the classroom, teach and leave where they do not have any homework, tests and assessments for them. They just tell all those things to student's and leave. But that may not be true in the coming era of modern teaching aids where teachers themselves have to prepare and do a lot homework's before coming to the classroom. The textbook, writing and dictation have become a practice of the past. Modern teaching aids like LCD projectors, Power Point Presentations, Audio and Video presentations demand more preparations and homework from the teacher. Many schools have recently added such aids and techniques in the curriculum to provide to the
students an all-inclusive learning package and environment.
On teaching certain subjects like History, Social and Sciences, teachers find some difficulties to teach them as they cannot completely fully described on the blackboard or by oral recitation. Even take an example of the development stages of living cells, Human body, functioning or various organs, organ systems, etc. Even though the teacher may carry a chart or draw a neat diagram on the board, but effective learning still misses out. A video presentation or short film based on it will give students a better understanding. This gives the student a better learning experience as they can watch the actual phenomena and processes. The teacher has to be sure to identify the main points or emphasize on these points so that children can assimilate the knowledge. So I could say it is better we follow modern teaching aids in our education but we should not be addicted to it. So we have limits in following each technology and should use it accordingly to our use.