The use of computers has become widespread in this age where technology is everywhere and we interact with it almost every single second of our lives. We’ve seen how it changed the way we live, the way we deal with others and the way we educate ourselves.
Children are by far the perfect example of how technology is changing the landscape of education. With 70% of children aged 2 to 5 able to maneuver a mouse yet only 11% can tie their shoelaces we can only speculate just how much computers and its spawns have made a huge impact in our lives.
A good infographic that depicts this is shared in LearnStuff. The infographic shows how well students, especially the younger ones, are using gizmos to help them learn concepts in school.
The infographic illustrates that 40% of teachers in the elementary grade are starting to use computers while teaching. This coincides with the fact that the US government is pouring in its resources to provide all schools with Internet and computers with current penetration at 98% as of this writing.
Not to mention that 3 out of 4 students prefer to use tablets like iPad to read books and other reference materials. With majority, at 90%, thinking that the use of such gadgets instead of the traditional printed textbooks help them gain more knowledge and perform well in school.
To date, there are more than 1.5 million iPads in use in schools and the numbers are steadily increasing as more and more learning institutions are switching to digital technology. Apple has successfully provided a great platform where students and teachers can use tablets and smartphones as learning materials and paved the way for the production of more than 200,000 educational apps in the Apple App Store.
The good thing about iBooks, Apple’s version of traditional printed textbooks, is that it drives the prices of textbooks down. Comparing the same book produced at traditional publishing house, a single textbook costing $65 would only cost $14.99 in Apple iBooks. This could save every single student around $900 per year for buying textbooks in school.
Many teachers are starting to see the positive effect of technology in student learning and many of them now use social media tools like social networks to assist students in their day to day academic work.
Latest statistics show that two out of three professors now use social media in their class as part of responding to students’ learning needs. In fact, 91% of school faculty now use social media as part of their work routine. What’s more exciting is that 84% of learning institutions now use Twitter as a communication tool to disseminate special school-related announcements. If you can’t be convinced, consider this: students who use Twitter achieve, by an average of .5 points, a higher GPA than those who don’t.
All these statistics can’t be ignored. What say you about these numbers? We’d love to hear your thoughts. Leave your comments below.