The internet is probably the reason you’re reading this. It’s probably the reason you follow my posts. It is probably where you get most of your research and assignment material from if you’re currently a student. As a matter of fact, your kid or your small bro/sis is most likely on social media. And if the internet was shut down and the two options in megabet were Lonely and Usual, 99 point something percent of netizens around the world would put their money on Lonely. Long story short, the internet is part and parcel of our lives today. But how does the World Wide Web really affect education? Here are some advantages and disadvantages of the internet in education.
1.The Internet Promotes Opportunities
Regardless of whether you’re a current student or not, education never seems to have an absolute end. There’s always room for more learning as you utilize what you learned some years ago. And the internet is a huge source of information. You’ll always get new, existing, and historical information from online magazines, books, journals, research publications, websites, blogs, and new sites. There are multiples disciplines and courses you can take online. You can even pursue a masters in special education.
2. Virtual Field Trips
As students, especially in college, academic field trips are an important learning tool. Thanks to the internet, students are nowadays, able to take what is called virtual trips without having to leave the classroom. In addition to being awesome, virtual trips save time, effort, and money. The tech is a huge advantage when utilized in the education sector.
3. Improves Social Skills
Today, even newborns, let alone infants are on Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter. And you might be surprised to find out that some of them are even more active than you. This aside, social media plays a huge role in the education sector. In addition to improving people’s communication skills, it tends to foster togetherness, group work, and team-ship, some of the most adorable qualities in education.
4. Job search
Who uses manual letters anymore when applying for a job? Okay, people do, but most of the job opportunities out there are communicated and applied online. And during their studies, students need to be abreast with the respective job markets of their specialization. They get updated through the internet. Additionally, the internet promotes recordkeeping, as well as education systems, which means that it’s easy to monitor the learner’s progress as well as verify their claimed achievements.
The internet also doesn’t come with unappealing traits when it comes to education. For one, it can promote laziness among students in some cases, especially depending on the level of study. For instance, consider a student who’s given an assignment and ends up copy-pasting content from the internet. Most instructors would find such a move lazy, ignorant, and reckless.
Compared to the past where getting information from physical libraries was much more involving, it can be safe to postulate that the internet could promote laziness in education.
Additionally, no technology has been discovered yet, that can restrict adult content to adults only. It has to be done manually. Most online adult content providers only require the user’s content that they’re an adult or at least over 18 before giving access to content. There’s no reliable way to verify that the user is actually over 18. The internet can thus be said to promote exposure to inappropriate and sometimes promiscuous content.
In general, the internet is a huge utility when it comes to education. And with essays being among the most common methods of assessment in school, did you ever think that writing a reflective essay doesn’t have to be that stressful?