Over the years, the role of the teacher has changed profoundly with one perspective maintaining that “A teacher touches eternity” while at the other end of the spectrum, it was espoused that “Those who cannot, teach”. The giant strides in technology made by humankind compelled the inclusion and integration of media into the education and learning space. In the present day, the wheel has come a full circle, with the teacher embarking on a search for students, through digital learning technologies.
Empirical research tells us that welcoming technology into the classroom and modifying the pedagogical techniques accordingly has not proved to be entirely beneficial to the student community with regard to learning, motivation, entrepreneurial and academic performance. While it cannot be denied that it has benefited certain communities among the entire cross-section of learners, others have failed to reap its benefits. While, in many cases, both the teacher and the student are to be blamed for this lapse, the very nature of learning and education, nullifies the usage of technology elsewhere.
This study is aimed at analyzing the current trends and providing a rationale for embracing technology in the classroom setting. Further, the development of twenty-first century skills among the student contingent is also highlighted.
(Technology, n.d.) The branch of knowledge that deals with the creation and use of technical means and their interrelation with life, society and the environment, drawing upon such subjects as industrial arts, engineering, applied science and pure science.
A New York Time report on learning machines (“The Learning Machines”, 2010) retraced the journey of technology into the education sphere. 1870, the Magic Lantern which was the precursor to the slide projection machines, beamed images printed on glass, was the first technological foray into the classroom. By 1950, stereoscopes, a three-dimensional viewing device, gained ...Show more