INTERNET & THE COMPUTERS: A BOON TO
TEACHERS OF THE 21ST CENTURY
Technology, in the last ten years had advanced by leaps and bounds. For the
last decade alone, we had seen the tremendous advancement unseen and unparalleled
in the modern times. While computers have been in existence for more than fifty years,
it is the birth of the internet that really sent technological advancement to the roof. It
enabled people from all over the world to get connected, share information, made a lot
of work easier. Time zones became a thing of the past and the world suddenly became
almost borderless and less intimidating.
People from all walks of life are now enjoying the great benefits of the internet.
From plain housewives to topnotch honchos of big companies simply cannot do without
the net. Who would ever think that shopping could be done at home simply with a click
of your mouse? That’s unthinkable ten years ago. Many would admit that they could no
longer exist without the internet and a computer.
Career professionals reap a great deal of benefits from this technological marvel
and one specific group is the teacher. Whereas teaching, which I believe is one of the
noblest profession in the world, was tedious, laborious thus making it mentally and
physically exhausting, it has become an almost ideal career for many because of the
many benefits it derived from computers and the internet.
Whereas it was a daily grind for them to write their lesson plans by hand daily,
they can simply type away their lesson plans way in advance in one sitting, retrieving
them later on when necessary.
Whereas they rely solely on textbooks provided by schools, they can now update
their knowledge and scope of the subjects they teach by simply browsing over the net
making them not only competitive as teachers but also passing it on to their respective
students. They can monitor the latest teaching methods being adopted in first world
countries and apply it in local setting.
Many schools uses computers for their audio visual presentations which do away
with the archaic method of using actual big-sized pictures, manual writing on the board,
flipping of big manila papers, etc. Exchange of ideas from one side of the globe to
another among teachers is common nowadays. Teachers from first world countries are
able to pass on the latest teaching techniques to their local counterpart and vice versa.
Online conferencing among educators are ordinary occurrences today. It makes
these gatherings very quick to organize, cheaper and a lot more productive because
they need not be in one location physically which entails a lot of manpower to achieve.
They are able to conduct these types of meetings frequently and without any major
It is predicted that in the next ten years even in the remotest parts of the
country, computers and internet will be available for the teachers and students to use
and benefit from.
Arguably, teachers are having the best times of their lives with the aid of
computers and internet.