Technology today plays an important role in our Nigerian society and the world at large. It affects the way people communicate, learn and think. It has made learning from home straightforward and has many useful applications in education too. Technology helps both students and teachers in various ways that will be discussed as you read along.
I will be discussing how the use of technology in education is beneficial to four parties namely the teacher, student, school and the parents.
Technology is gradually having a tremendous impact on our educational system in Nigeria, from how students learn, to how teachers enhance their own skills, enrich classroom environments; as well as impacting how administrators manage grades, maintain security, track payments and follow up with guardians or parents.
The whole world is now a library, you do not have to buy hardcopy textbooks, you could either buy softcopies online or download free resources that can even help. Technology today has taken learning beyond the classroom.
It's a cycle that even continues after the classroom for both the teachers, students, school and the parents. The use of technology is now making our little children internet savvy which will be certainly more useful to them as they grow up.
There are boosted engagement on the level of the student and teacher and effortless and timely communication between educational institutions and parents.
You can contact any of our tutors on Superprof to teach and help you in any educational subject you can think of. Remember part of the added advantage of technology is learning from the comfort of your home with your internet-enabled device.
We all know that without teachers, the word education is not complete. The role of the teacher is to ensure the student has everything they need to learn the curriculum set by the school. This simply means setting learning goals and objectives, keeping discipline in the classroom, and teaching the material in a way that continues to maintain the student’s interest.
Technology now allows our teachers to expand their influence beyond the four walls of a classroom. With the use of video conferencing platforms and chat platforms, our teachers today can provide lessons to students, follow-ups and offer guidance, regardless of time and place. Tech helps make teaching and learning more meaningful and fun.
Teachers can teach and tell students to do more research on the topics because information can most likely be gotten with thorough research on the internet on practically any subject matter.
Let us take a look below at how technology helps teachers with the learning goals for students, keeping discipline in the classroom and teaching the required material.
Setting Learning Goals
There is always a curriculum each teacher has to follow for the level of students they are teaching. Curriculums keep the students focused on what they need to learn, study at home and do as assignments. Edalaf Sms is a type of educational software that Nigerian teachers can use that offers flexibility to suit a schools curriculum and educational system.
It offers online and an offline school management solution that integrates daily school activities through interphase that involves parents, students, teachers, and school administration.
This way teachers can set tasks and homework for their class, and every party can know what is happening with a student and monitor their progress. There are also other digital educational platforms available in Nigeria that can also be used for these said purposes.
This way, it becomes easy for the student to take what they learnt at school home with them, and strengthen the connection with the material by completing a related assignment independently.
Classroom discipline is very important to teachers, and thankfully it can be a lot easier to maintain with the use of technology. Educare is system software that teachers can use in Nigeria for behavioural tracking, discipline module, attendance monitoring for their students. While it may be geared towards younger/teen children, it is very effective for incentivising good behaviour and performance in the classroom.
Teaching the Material
Technology can make children's education more fascinating and a lot easier.
The sky is definitely the limit when it comes to using technology to teach.
Softwares like Educare, school software pro and Edves can be used for e-learning to aid teachers lessons and boost students learning capacity in our educational system. It also allows students to create a fun and compelling presentation on a topic they have researched themselves. The teachers can also use technology to track students progress in the classrooms and monitor their assignments.
The role and expected results from students is to learn, do their assignments, perform well, research and participate in class. The introduction of technology into education makes the roles and responsibilities of each student easier. E-learning makes it easier for students to do research, group works, presentations and also to be timely in their assignments. It aids curiosity and the hunger for more knowledge beyond the four walls of the classroom.
We at Superprof believe that one of the biggest ways that technology can help the student is by keeping them connected to their education.
Before the technology, students will have to go home, get their books to study or have to access a physical library to get more information but now with the advent of technology, students can get information online, access e-library on the internet and even log in to learning platforms like ours "SUPERPROF'' to get tutors to help them.
Now if you missed a class or a particular instruction for an assignment, information can easily be uploaded online by the teachers or other students. You can also use some of this listed software discussed above that are gradually becoming popular in Nigeria to even contact your teachers without having to phone the school.
The top priority of most of our schools is to ensure consistent academic performance and excellent examination results from their registered students. This, of course, will boost the school's ratings and make them more marketable and desirable. By introducing technology to the schools' platform, teachers, students and parents or guidance involvement can always be monitored.
It can extend information between the four walls of the classroom for all the parties involved.
School software Pro has a lot of features suitable to manage primary, secondary, colleges, polytechnics and universities in Nigeria. School management can use it to manage students records, access Admin, Staff, Student and Parent dashboard, track fee payment, payroll, has Communication features: text, audio and video support, group chat and so much more.
With the use of technology, schools can now decide to have online classes for students in and out of the country they are located in.
Rather than having to do a lot of paperwork as before, technology has reduced that and made access to records so much easier. It helps school management have a feel of what is happening in the school without having to discuss with the various departments in the school.
Having access to software such as this, top management can monitor the progress of the school, teachers, students and even the involvement of parents and guardian.
Likewise, one of the best ways to entice future students is to let them and their parents or guardian know that the school is equipped with modern technology, which can replicate the experience they have at home on the computer and with a mobile phone.
Technology today has allowed parents to be actively involved in their children's education.
Parents before had to rely on the information their children remembers to tell them or letters successfully sent to them from the school but with the use of technology, parents can have access to information at all times and even track their children's assignments and progress at school without having to be in the four walls of the school.
This positively means the parent can track the progress of their offspring, without having to interrogate them every time they come home from school claiming to have no homework to do or having any reports on their behaviour and class participation from their teacher.
The job market is becoming increasingly reliant on one being technologically literate, so kids must learn them as young as possible which gives parents more assurance and peace that with the use of technology at their school, their offspring would not be lagging in that area.
Parents can now pass any information on their children or give suggestions to the school on what they think can help the children educationally without having to be present in school. With the use of technology in our education system in Nigeria, parents can be rest assured their children are actively learning.
This can be anything from seeing their children conducting independent research for an assignment, to getting to grips with online software, assignment submission, and correctly referencing essays.
This heightened engagement of parents now with their children's education can help them to identify what their biggest interests are academic, which can help with the process of selecting a higher education institution in the future and/or what career path makes the most sense for them.
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