How Technology Has Changed Education

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Throughout time, much advancement in technology has directly lead to changes in the way knowledge is both passed and received. Today, we are no longer chained to heavy textbooks, forced to take them where ever we decide to go. Textbooks today have virtually no weight, because they aren’t carried in book bags or in hand, they are now pieces of data, available on one’s personal computer or even kindle. The ability to access information at any time or place is just one of the remarkable changes that the surge in technological advancement has brought to education. Computers are now also tools to help one learn, they can provide students with many different simulations to help explain how different things work. In the past, using a rubber hammer to demonstrate reflexes in the human knee has always been an adequate way for students learn visually. However when it comes to showing students why mixing different chemicals can be potentially harmful or chemical bonding, computer animations can be a key tool in teaching and this is just what separates education today from the past.
 
Living during the 21 century gives many students these days an advantage in today’s ever growing technology oriented world. Since a very young age many of us were exposed to computers and the phenomena that is the internet. Because of this fact, students quickly adapt to services such as Blackboard; an internet based classroom that many schools including NYIT use to structure their online courses. Through Blackboard students can take courses online rather than in an actual classroom, this makes learning on a global scale possible; a student at NYIT’s Abu Dhabi campus can take the same online course as a student at the Manhattan or Old Westbury campuses. Through time technology has shaped education and how it is delivered from a professor onto a student.
 
One of the most intriguing and advanced classrooms at NYIT are the DL classrooms or Distance Learning. Here the classroom comes equipped with many large screen TVs as well as cameras pointed at various different angles and all of this equipment is connected with similar equipment at a corresponding classroom at the Manhattan campus. Thus, students at both the Old Westbury campus and the Manhattan campus can share a class together, learning simultaneously while a professor teaches at either campus. “Having such technology available to us is extremely helpful, it provides a much more visual approach for students to better grasp of the material” says Neetu Shaji, a senior at NYIT.  It is technology like this that makes a real difference and separates education today from before.
 
Kindles are another upcoming piece of technology, although they are slowly taking over the electronic book market, soon they will also be available at schools throughout the country. The Kindle is portable electronic equipment that allows its users to purchase different books and read them whenever they choose; making the need to carry various different books simultaneously a thing of the past. A similar and popular method of learning among students involves downloading textbooks from the internet and then viewing them on their personal computer. This also is a lot more convenient for students who do not want to pay separately for a Kindle.  Electronic books hold an inconceivable amount of potential for innovating education.
 
Technology has always been a big part of NYIT, always adapting to the newest available changes. Many of these technological advancements have brought with them positive changes that better equip professors to teach and students to learn. While taking classes within the 300 building, one is overwhelmed by the amount of technology present. Everything from massive TVs connected to state of the art computers and blue ray players and even a smart board. These changes bring a lot to education, if used properly and on a regular basis they can help students learn better than trying to grasp information from the usual lecture. NYCOM, NYIT’s on campus medical school provides its students with all lectures from its classes uploaded online for students to view at anytime. “It makes learning a lot easier, students can go at their own pace and better learn the material online,” says Vinay Kudur a first year student at NYCOM, who also attended NYIT. In the past, such ways of learning would only be true in ones imagination. Today students can email their professors for quick communication, although this seems like a minute thing, its small changes like these that make a huge difference in student’s lives.
 
Recent advances in the medical field allow us to harvest and grow entire organs, 3D phones and TVs make images pop out the screen, and our cars can navigate for us: technology is ever growing; one can only imagine what will be available to us in the coming years. But one fact remains true; as long as technology is advancing changes in the educational system will be made. We have already come a very long way from the “old fashioned” textbooks. Computers now being extremely portable allow for students to carry textbooks as “pdf” files, online learning centers such as Blackboard allow for global learning. Changes are continuously being made within the educational system to help students better learn.
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