Everywhere uses internet nowadays, especially schools. In fact, it’s become a vital part of learning. Teachers are able to plan and research lessons more easily, and young people are able learn in a modern way. There’s no denying that the internet has helped education come a long way in the last couple of decades. Here are some of the main advantages of having internet in schools.
Learning doesn’t have to cost students anything
Before the internet, students often bought their own books to study from, which meant that the grades of those that couldn’t afford it suffered.
Books aren’t cheap, and when you’re studying for a whole load of different subjects, it can be pricey to buy books covering every topic. Now that almost everyone has access to the internet, this isn’t so much a problem anymore, as most of the information required for exams and standard school syllabuses is available online. Whether students have their own methods of accessing the internet, or just use the school computers, they’ve got access to all the resources they could need.
It provides the latest research
The internet also has webpages added everyday with the latest research and findings. Before, books would become outdated as new discoveries were made, and more money would have to be spent on acquiring the latest versions. With the internet readily available, young people can quickly find the latest news and academic research.
Career planning through the internet
A big part of schooling is preparing young people for what comes next – a career. There isn’t always time for teachers to plan as many lessons as they’d like on career planning, but use of the internet allows the suggestion of specific career planning websites, so that if young people find themselves at a loss for what to do, there’s a wealth of information and websites online that can steer them in right direction.
Whichever path they think they might like to go down, no matter how obscure, there’ll always be enough information online for them to be able to take the right steps to reach their goals.
It makes lessons and research more enjoyable
The internet has become a part of young peoples’ lives, so to incorporate it into lessons can boost excitement to learn, and make lessons more enjoyable. Technology is generally the area of expertise for most young people, so using it for learning gives them their time to shine.
There are also now a lot of online educational games, so that students can learn in fun and interactive ways. This is good for those who have different styles of learning, as often generic lessons don’t cater to those who learn more effectively with visual and interactive methods.
The internet provides a range of ways that students can learn in visual ways. PowerPoints, images, animations and even YouTube videos can be a more interesting and effective way of learning.
The internet allows for effective communication
Think about how many times children are given letters to give to their parents, and then think about how many times those letters actually make it to their parents. If my school days are anything to go by, then there’s a big difference in those numbers.
Now that schools are equipped with internet, letters are being sent out via email instead, so that they definitely reach parents, rather than remaining crumpled at the bottom of book bags and lunch boxes. This has improved communication between schools and parents, and is also a lot better for the environment.
Using the internet is actually saving the planet
Schools use more paper than any other institution, text books, exercise books, hand outs and letters all use tons of paper, and as we know, that’s not great for the environment. But use of the internet allows for less use of paper, as students can read books online, or on kindle, and they can type on laptops rather than in exercise books. Even things like interactive whiteboards mean that teachers don’t need to produce so many hand outs – information can just be shown to classes on the big screen.
Using the internet in schools teaches pupils more about technology
We are currently in a quickly developing age of technology, so it’s important that students are able to confidently use many different forms of technology. There aren’t many jobs or leisure activities that don’t rely on technology any more, so for young people to grow up with a hesitant approach to technological devices would mean they’d be somewhat behind the times.
Internet usage in schools allows students to explore technology in an environment where they can ask questions, and independently discover and research, without stumbling across the wrong sites!
Students can learn any time and anywhere with access to the internet
A lot of schools now have their own learning portals online, which means that students can learn any time and anywhere. Before the internet, access to resources were restricted to school hours, and library opening hours, but now students can revise at any hour. This is great for those young people who prefer late night learning, or last minute revision.
It’s also good for teachers, as there’s no excuse for not being able to complete homework. Even if students go away for the weekend, or take a holiday during term time, as long as they still have internet access they can still complete the school work.
A lot of learning portals also allow teachers to see what students have accessed, when they last used the learning portal and how long they spent on it. So for students, there’s no way of claiming to have done work they haven’t even looked at.
Students can easily complete group projects
Group projects can be a nightmare, especially if no one’s free on the same day to meet up and get things done. The internet allows students to communicate about projects over email or social media, so that delegation can begin, even if they’re not together at the time.
There are also sites that allow for students to collaborate on projects in real time. Take Google Docs for example, students can all work on the same document at the same time. They can see everyone’s input and edit it, or offer feedback and improvements.