One of the best innovations of the 20th century is the Internet. How can it not be when you can do and find almost everything in this new medium? In fact, the term revolution is truly the most appropriate way to describe this discovery. At present, more than 50% of the entire world’s population is using the Internet for various reasons: to keep in touch with long-lost friends, buy and sell products, market goods and services, listen to music, watch movies, download free online games, the options are limitless! But above all, the advantage of the Internet can be best seen in education.
The Internet has become cheaper and more accessible through the years. In fact, almost every household has a connection. In terms of education, communication and information are the most important advantages of the Internet.
Through E-mail and other chat services, students can now contact fellow students as well as teachers, with less hassle. Even if they’re outside the classroom, they can still talk about various subjects and topic and share other kinds of information.
The Internet can also help in the creation of projects for schools and colleges. Since it is a readily-accessible source of information, students can easily find materials that will be useful for their projects or studies. At the very least, browsing through a website is much simpler and less time-consuming than going through every book in a library. The ease by which pages can be updated also means there is a lower chance of finding information that is outdated.
Not everyone has access to a full set of encyclopedias and libraries. Some students find that they barely have any time to even consider going to a library. However, the Internet can make things much simpler by providing volumes of information at the click of a button. The technology has made it much easier to find relevant information and supporting topics, while also adding a degree of interactivity. In many cases, topics are covered not only by written content, but also with pictures, presentations and videos.
Not all the students have time to read the newspaper or watch the news on TV. Good thing news websites are updated regularly. Students can now catch up with the current affairs. Historical accounts such as speeches and biographies are also accessible in detailed and complete versions.
There’s another impact of Internet in education, and that is the possibility of distance education or online learning. With the course material available online, students can take vocational and crash courses under this special type of curriculum. As a matte a matter a fact, it’s also possible to get a degree through online education. Unconventional though it may, the program is nevertheless effective. Therefore, it’s really good news for single parents or individuals who are handling two more jobs who barely have time to complete units in a real university.
After knowing how education benefits from the Internet, students should be given the opportunity to use it to expand their knowledge. However, their guardians or parents should oversee their use of the Internet so that they don’t get exposed to age-inappropriate content or unethical information.
The Internet has undoubtedly changed the world, with everything from entertainment to education starting to get in on it. So it isn’t unreasonable to let kids get a few hours in to chat with their friends or play free online games. So long as they are also finding something useful or learning from it, then it all balances itself out.