The Role of Technology in Distant Learning

by: Aireen V. Virtus

 

        Adding technology makes remote learning in the classroom easier. Students who have access to computers and the internet can better communicate with their teachers during distance learning. Educators are also able to reach out to their colleagues and their students’ parents. This pandemic brought us changes in different perspectives in the curriculum as well as how this can be delivered to the clientele the - students.             

        The shift to distance learning is terrifying for teachers, students, parents, and school administrators. A lot of things about education can be changed and adapted in this new environment. When students and teachers have access to technology, it makes the process a little bit easier.             

        According to NETOP Vision (2020) the pros of adding technology during distance learning. This includes: first as a communication tool adding technology to the remote learning classroom can make communication a lot easier. When students have access to computers and the internet, they can better communicate with their teachers during distance learning. Teachers are also able to reach out to their colleagues and their students’ parents. Students can also chat more easily with each other. Second, is a place to hold class, computers allow teachers to hold their classes virtually. Instead of just sending paper copies of assignments to students to complete, teachers can hold class time with everyone in their class. Students can watch their teachers instruct through a computer screen with tools like Zoom. Computers during distance learning also allow students to participate in the lesson and interact with other students. Third, streamlining coursework using different types of software during distance learning can help streamline the delivery of coursework. LMS systems like Canvas allow teachers to put all their coursework in one spot that is easily accessible to their students. It saves time for both parties. Finally, it gives access to resources when your students have access to the internet and computers, they have more access to resources. There are so many great educational websites and pieces out on the internet that help students better grasp content.            

      Through these pros, the teaching and learning process in distance learning makes it easier for every student. Using technology in classrooms has the potential to create increased student motivation, increased social interactions, positive outcomes, enhanced student learning, and enhanced student engagement. Technology is capable of unlocking the keys of learning with all students.            

        Finally, technology in distance learning will prepare the students for the future, as well as serve as arms that will allow the educational world to soar beyond and nurture ever before – if we will allow it.