According to Rujakumar (2006), educational technology has proven to be one of the emulated learning systems. He points out that educational technology incorporates efficient learning systems that have not only adopted effective learning methods and processes but have also made it possible to meet the educational goals that have been laid out in the education systems. He notes that the educational technology engages systems that help in the identification of the primary educational goals, highlighting the needs of the learners, initiating appropriate learning processes, and identifying various rules and regulations that are needed to effectively enhance the educational systems.
Rujakumar (2006) points out that educational technology initiates learning processes that address the problem of enhancing appropriate educational systems. Such systems enable the full exploitation of the teaching and learning systems in meeting the primary educational goals. In most cases, meeting educational goals has been a challenge to many institutions due to their inefficiency of identifying better educational systems. However, Rujakumar (2006) points out that, the involvement of educational technology in the learning process has not only improved the quality of learning, but has also enhanced the teaching-learning processes that help in equal addressing of the learners’ demands by creating equal learning processes in the classroom.
According to Rujakumar (2006), the educational technology has enabled the development of flexible educational systems, the improvement of curricular, the organization of appropriate learning classes, and the reduction of both the teaching and learning materials. These factors have in turn enhanced the quality and reliability of education. In addressing the educational technology, the write up highlights its importance in reaching the peak of education and that in initiating class structure. Moreover, the paper uncovers how the educational technology enhances students’ ability to gain excessive knowledge.
Importance of Educational Technology in Reaching Peak of Education
As pointed out by Rujakumar (2006), the educational technology engages a number of educational experiments that not only improve the quality of education in various learning institutions, but also involves systems that are aimed at addressing various problems that arise in the learning process. He notes that during analysis and effective address of educational problems, learners’ demands are met which in turn helps promoting education standards to its peak. According to him, the educational technologies promote educational initiatives that are intended to improve both the teaching and learning processes either by lowering the cost of educational materials or promoting effective curricular which captures the learning demands of learners. He points out that the educational technology normally enables learners to build on their research capacity, engage in appealing educational presentation, enhance realistic inquiry procedure, and gain access to learning resources that are within or beyond their physical location.
Rujakumar (2006) points out that in improving the education standards, the educational technology continues to utilize information technologies such as digital media in reforming the education system by initiating better students’ learning methodology. He notes that the application of information technology in various learning institutions enhances the technological-based learning processes that enable the improvement of educational standards. According to him, the system reforms based on the intervention of educational technology help in utilizing both the special and external educational resources that are important in initiating better education standards. For instance, the use of Internet in the learning processes has not only made it reliable and effective in teaching, examining and researching, but it has made it possible to instantly reach respective teachers in addressing problems that arise from the content of various subjects.
According to Rujakumar (2006), the use of information-based technologies such as multimedia and broadcast channels help learners in developing sense on the subjects they have at one point assimilated about but in the meantime for which they have not fully developed complete understanding. He points out that this reflective approach normally results into interactive educational discussion which is not only essential in converting information into knowledge, but also helps them in drawing full understanding on various subjects thereby increasing their education standards.
Moreover, Rujakumar (2006) points out that using educational technology helps in changing the model of teaching among teachers which effectively suits the learners’ demands thereby promoting their education standards. For instance, some teachers normally use educational technology as their teaching-centered parameter which helps them in their teaching methodology. He notes that these teachers normally use technology in updating and improving their subjects’ content thereby devising appropriate learning procedures and understanding among the learners. Additionally, some teachers normally use technology as an educational instruction instrument that enables them in supporting student-centered learning processes especially in researching. As a result teachers become educational facilitators to learners thereby enabling learners in actively and interactively conduct research and engage themselves in appropriate discussion. This enables them to expand on their knowledge, and hence raise their educational standards.
According to Rujakumar (2006), educational technology does not only enhance collaborative instruction of knowledge among the learners, it also gives teachers the strength and purpose of enhancing appropriate teaching methods. He points out that educational presentation normally motivates learners in mastering and understanding subjects which are perceived by them as uninteresting. He also observes that teachers normally identify and utilize technologies that they believe will enhance their instructional education goals. In this respect, teachers are in most cases encouraged by the students’ active involvement in the learning processes. This motivates them to initiate better teaching processes that fully capture educational goals thereby raising the education standards.
On the other hand, Rujakumar (2006) points out that educational technology improves learners’ education standards as it enhances on their realistic educational inquiry. He notes that technology is an essential tool that can engage learners in real activities hence improving their learning skills. For instance, learners can use graphic calculators that does not only help them in solving mathematical problems, but also induce mathematical concepts which enable them to develop advance educational concepts. Moreover, learners use technology for their educational inquiry enabling them to fully investigate problems that at times touches on their well being. He notes that by using Internet, learners are able to investigate and study current events which may be addressing the human wellbeing such as international environmentalist forums. By this acquaintance, learners are able to update their knowledge which in turn helps them in integrating their educational standards.
Importance of Educational Technology in Initiating Class Structure
According to Dede (2008), education technology is an essential tool for addressing learning problems that are associated with large classroom structures. He notes that teachers normally encounter teaching challenges especially in cases where they use project-based teaching methodology in their classes. He points out that the large sizes classes normally limit the teachers’ service delivery as they are not able to effectively address each learner’s educational demands. However, with technology teachers are able to deploy teaching methodology that suits the classroom structure in enhancing educational standards.
Dede (2008) points out that document cameras, projectors and computers are essential technologies that are nowadays commonly used in the classroom. He notes that these technologies limit the learners’ freedom of adapting to the classroom structure by creating a real-time interactive learning experience which actively accommodates the learners’ responses. For instance, the projectors normally allow the active learning and discussion on various topics and subjects by the whole class thereby expanding on their skills and knowledge towards a particular topic. However, he notes that this addresses the problem of classroom structure that is teachers’ centered and is not capable of addressing the educational demands of each student.
According to Dede (2008), educational technology has restructured the classroom teaching environment. He points out that this technology has made it possible to teach outside the classroom structure. For instance, distance and open learning has made it possible for learners to adapt and has also enhanced flexible learning processes that are outside the classroom environment. He notes that the E-learning process has made it possible for learners to initiate individual learning style that does not only help them in researching the content of the topics they engage in, but also enables them to interact with either their teachers or colleague students outside their classrooms. According to him, educational technology has extended the classroom teaching and learning structure outside the classroom parameters.
Rujakumar (2006) points out that the educational technology has enabled the structuring of classroom sizes that can be managed actively and effectively by teachers. He notes that this technology provides a range of education opportunities that include classroom attendance. For instance, teachers and institutions that normally use E-learning processes at times reduce the scramble for available learning materials by large student population in the classroom. He points out that open-learning process normally assists teachers in meeting the educational goals outside the classroom as they are able to teach and examine their students away from the classroom. Therefore, learners are able to meet their educational demands outside the classroom. This has not only helped in addressing the problem of classroom size, but has also assisted the learners in developing appropriate learning techniques.
According to Dede (2006), the use of computers in classrooms has restructured the students over reliance on teachers in the classrooms. He points out that most of the computers that are used in the classroom have students’ tracking programs that not only enable the students to work at their own pace, but also keep track of their work and record. This makes it easy for the teachers to assess the students’ performance. He notes that this normally helps in identifying students with learning disabilities in classroom thereby assisting teachers in using appropriate organizational teaching methodologies that can fully address the learners’ educational demands. He points out that using this kind of approaches allows students to be easily categorized into better learning groups in the classroom that enables them to actively participate in the learning processes thereby creating an effective classroom structure.
According to Rujakumar (2006), the use of instructional media has provided teachers with more opportunities of using various educational learning resources in their classrooms. This has made it possible for them to capture the educational standards of students in the classroom. He points out that rather than reducing the teachers’ instructional authority in the classroom, these technologies encourage active learning processes in the classroom. According to Rujakumar (2006), it is lack of adequate technological skills of educators and the corresponding unavailability of appropriate educational technologies that have hindered the transformation of classroom structure. He notes that these educational technologies do not only help students in the classroom by developing flexible educational system, but also enable them in engaging on constructive learning processes that help in designing the classroom structure.
The Importance of Educational Technology in Gaining Excessive Technology
According to Lu & Liu (2008), educational technology has played an important role in enhancing excessive knowledge to learners. They point out that educational research is an essential educational entity that enabled learners to gain more knowledge on the specified topics. They note that educational technology helps learners in creating an effective learning framework that enables them to identify the important skills that they need in perfecting their educational standards. For instance, the use of Internet in the learning process enables learners to fully research and analyze various topics that are normally regarded as difficult and uninteresting thus enabling them to gain additional knowledge towards the topics.
Lu & Liu (2008) point out that the educational technology helps in constructing new knowledge. It enables learners in gaining excessive knowledge. They note that the use of educational technologies in institutions normally averts the learners’ trend of being knowledge consumer and instead make them become knowledge producers. As pointed out by Rujakumar (2006), teaching and learning processes normally engage learners in presenting reports in either printed or oral form for assessment. In such cases, learners normally develop additional knowledge on advance technologies that would help them in developing new knowledge useful in presenting their original reports. For instance, the use of computer programs enable learners to develop new methods of interpreting their report’s data by either converting them from text data into word-processed documentation or create web-base documentation report. This enhances their new technological knowhow.
According to Lu & Liu (2008), institutional technologies normally enable students in accessing better classroom instruction which in turn helps them in gaining excessive knowledge. They point out that educational technology continues to integrate the education standards of learners, especially those who have either physical or learning disabilities. They note these students normally utilize the technologies to be active in their classes. For instance, the Braille writer and screen readers normally enable physically challenged learners in utilizing the computer technology in either presenting their work or communicating with others thereby developing new knowledge not only about the use of computers but also in contributing to education topics. According to Dede (2008), a combination of handheld computing technologies and software enables learners with disabilities not only to organize their educational ideas but also enhances their ability to develop better writing and reading skills that is essential for them in coping with the classroom standards. Hence, they are able to improve learning skills thereby enabling them in gaining additional knowledge.
Moreover, Rujakumar (2006) points out that the use of mobile technologies in the educational system enhances better teaching approaches that brings with it better educational standards. He notes that the efficiency of these technologies in enabling teachers to gain adequate knowledge on their teaching methodologies enables students to acquire excessive knowledge on various topics that are adequately and effectively illustrated by their educators. Furthermore, students also develop attitude to turning over dependent on such technologies that does not only assist them in their research work but also help them to develop their intellectual knowhow.
The write up has highlighted educational technology as an essential education tool that not only helps in devising appropriate teaching and learning processes, but also promotes educational standards of learners and institutions. It has pointed out the need of educational institutions to encourage the use of technologies in their educational framework as it offers adequate educational incentives and also helps to identify the students’ learning disabilities as well as illustrating the way of overcoming such problems in the educational systems. Moreover, the paper has illustrated the importance of educational technology in enabling students gain additional knowledge, through active participation, that would not be possible otherwise. Through having active participation of learners in class, technologies have enabled the development of better learning strategies that make possible the acquisition of new knowledge by the students.