Technology is currently the force behind the growth in various sectors globally. According to Junco et al. (2008), technology is defined as the knowledge or science that is put in use to offer a solution to problems by making use of modern tools. The world seems to converge and rotate around technology (Bransford et al., 2006). The continued use of technology has both positively and negatively impacted the world. The positives of technology, however, seem to outweigh the negatives. Tremendous strides have been made in transport, communication, healthcare, and education because of technology. Companies can finish various projects using half of what they used to spend thanks to technology. I do not think that we depend too much on technology. When I look at distance learning, technological laboratories, online resources, and global student exchange, I think technology has had a positive impact on students.
In the past, students had to attend physical classes to gain knowledge. Some students in the developing and third-world countries were affected by this since some schools were located thousands of miles away. Technology has revitalized the education sector in that students can take online classes at the comfort of their homes or offices (Bransford et al., 2006). Some students have gained access in the world-class universities thanks to technology. With the distance learning, all that a student needs is the correct logins to the relevant class, a laptop, and internet access.
The technological laboratories are the other positive impacts of technologies. We have online laboratories whereby students from various parts of the globe can run several tests and analyze the results. The technological laboratories have helped in the widening of the scope of the students and have equipped students in the opportunities of the disadvantaged area to run several tests. The students share their findings and discoveries on these technological laboratories which helps them in understanding the various principles better (Junco et al., 2008).
A student has to study. Students are usually taken through the various lessons by their instructors. It is, however, vital to note that it is impossible for the instructor to cover everything in class. That is why assignments and examinations are issued to the students. Students are required to visit the library and read widely to understand different concepts. The technology has been applied in the education sector which has helped in making such materials to be available on the internet (Junco et al., 2008). Students can thus access books and other relevant materials with ease.
The global student exchange program is another positive impact that technology has brought to the students. The students can interact and share via various platforms on the internet. Different universities located in various parts of the globe partner with each other for exchange programs. The exchange program has enhanced understanding and led to discoveries in the academia.
From the above discourse, it is apparent that technology has had positive impacts on the students. Students no longer have to take classes physically, this has not only led to better management of time but has enabled some students in the third world countries to access first-class education in the renowned universities in the world. The technological labs have made it possible for the greatest minds to converge run several tests and come up with appropriate analysis that has helped them in solving various problems. The global student exchange programs have given students opportunities to travel and transverse different parts of the globe in search of knowledge, without the use of technology, this would have been a pipedream for many such students.
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Junco, R., & Timm, D. M. (2008). Using emerging technologies to enhance student engagement. San Francisco: Jossey-Bass.