The millennial generation is the biggest benefactor of the internet explosion. It is safe to conclude that the late stage of the millennials is entirely dependent on the web. The average millennial is equipped with at least one internet-enabled device. The Internet of Things concept, which connects several devices to communicate, makes a huge percentage of generation Y digitally driven in performing mundane tasks. The benefits of the internet’s rapid growth have trickled to the youngest generation; school going children. The digital education culture intensifies with age as individuals realize the importance of the internet in making substantial educational progress.
Availability of a Vast Array of Information and Educators
Wikipedia and Google Search are inevitably a student’s best companion. It could take hours to compile information from the traditional library scavenging. The internet is a literal concentration of billions of data bytes, accessible with a serial of clicks. Wikipedia is especially a powerful connectivity platform that links the profiles of experts on informational web pages, as is other newly developed channels such as LinkedIn. TedX has a flood of creative entrepreneurs who are changing the world’s thinking. Some of the explored topics highlight the strengths and weaknesses of the current educational system.
Enabled Distant Learning
Homeschooling is a genius choice for a variant of candidates such as kids from military families, a higher education student with a traveling career and high school kids preparing for their tertiary education. A few of decades ago, it was only possible to pursue a volatile lifestyle by halting the education schedule. The internet supports a vigorous life by availing consistent online tutors, testing, grading and an attendance list. Schools have opened their education platforms with complete course plans and online lectures to the public at no charge.
For instance, K-12 online homeschooling layers the top of the available online portals for its commitment to students and exciting curriculum programs. The course study is customized to each user’s learning skills and delivers a consistent flow of information with doorstep delivery of books. Apart from an intense focus on academics, K12 offers extra-curricular activities such as clubs and societies for social interaction.
Students no longer have to spend strenuous amounts of time redoing a school project. YouTube, in particular, is extremely helpful in the construction of minute details. Students also acquire hundreds of project idea from the web and improve its functionality and design. An extensive internet search heightens investigative skills and a passion for deriving a smart and unique project.
Increased Intellectual Exchanges
The internet provides a free pathway to anyone looking to up his or her knowledge on any particular topic. It is, therefore, a well of research for students and pioneers changing the wheels of education. The launch of informative, educational sites like Quora has connected curious and intellectual personas from around the globe. This seamless exchange of information stimulates smart conversations and sparks new ideas. More so, some schools have blog forums to discuss homework assignments with teachers. This information flow is not limited to Quora as social media is currently the primary news channel for a big percentage of the world’s populace.
The virtualized world has created a population that is confident, adequately informed and versatile. The internet may not be the core of today’s education, but it is the catalyst in creating a fast learning and richly educated community. Internet-powered learning such as distant learning has certified millions of professionals. Speculators predict that the high school student’s backpack will lighten in the coming years with the conversion of books into electronic formats. The internet will become center stage in the later part of the century.
The guest post was written by Rachelle Wilber. Follow her on Twitter and Facebook.