Sticking to traditional methods of learning and not experimenting with different ways of attaining knowledge seems like a dull and stagnant idea. As an educator, I believe, that one can learn well only if they keep up with the times and keep their ears and eyes open at all times. Also, one must be open to new ideas and use every single resource available to them, to make their learning experience complete.
The times are changing
Sticking to ‘text book learning’ will not help us evolve. With the developments of technology, there are so many aids that are provided to us that help us learn so many new things at the click of a button. Technology does not only mean computers, there are so many applications, gadgets and devices, that we can use these days to stay updated. It is not necessary that we only abide by the books in our curriculum. For example, when you have assignments and projects to complete, I would advise you to surf the net and collect information because even library books may not have the information the internet can provide you. I believe that there is no end to learning and therefore, one must always be open to different ways of doing things.
Learning the thorough yet quick way
Say you don’t have the time to visit the library and skim through fat books because you have other classes to attend and hobbies to pursue, what will you do then? Give up your life because of an assignment? Of course not, extracurricular activities are as important as the curriculum in shaping your future. Therefore, it is time you turn to technology for help. Download e-books and study while on the go. Jot down points on your tab or smartphone when you have the time and later compile it. This way, you can collect proper and thorough information without compromising on anything.
Technology makes things interesting
Technology has made learning so much fun. You can now join study groups online and contact people from all around the world so that learning becomes interesting. Through these study groups you can discuss various topics and get new insights which might help you develop ideas in the long run. Information attained with the help of technology is interesting and engaging. Now you don’t have to go through fat and boring books to study a chapter. You can log on to the internet and watch videos related to the subject you are learning. You can also discover colourful, audio-visual treats that will help you learn faster without boring you. New technological aids help you find innovative ways of learning new things.
Missed a lecture in class? Are you afraid of lagging behind? These days you don’t need to worry about that. All you need to know is the chapter or subject discussed in the lecture. There are thousands of videos available online that will help you catch up in no time. Modern technology has been able to eliminate the fear attached to learning by making it engaging and fun. As an educator, I would suggest you to use technology more to learn not just your syllabus but things beyond it.