The impact of the Internet on modern education

The Internet not only has an impact on our lifestyles and values, but also on modern education, and will continue to have a profound impact as Internet technology develops and grows.The development and application of Internet technology will bring about a revolution in education.The invention of computer and Internet technology has broken the situation that books are the main carriers of knowledge transmission and made education step into a new information era. The Internet connects schools, research institutes, libraries and other kinds of information resources all over the world and becomes an inexhaustible and massive information resource bank. Excellent teachers or experts all over the world can provide learning materials and teaching guidance in the same knowledge field from different perspectives and sides, and anyone with knowledge needs can learn anywhere and at any time through the Internet, forming one-to-many or Many-to-many teaching interaction. A new form of education is about to be formed.

Each technological advancement not only adds new knowledge content to education, but more importantly, brings new forms of knowledge dissemination to education. The invention of paper eliminated the heavy knowledge carrier – bamboo slips, and the sweaty bamboo slips were condensed into thin books, which greatly facilitated the dissemination of information, and the idiom of “learning to be rich” became a distant past; the invention of printing liberated a large amount of manpower from the tedious work of copying, and information could be copied thousands of times without loss, and knowledge was more widely disseminated; the invention of radio and television made The invention of radio and television has made one-way distance education possible.

Second, the Internet has greatly contributed to the realization of human-centered values in education.

Human-centered education means human-centered education, highlighting that human beings are the biggest beneficiaries of education. The comprehensive development of the educated is the core of education. People are the center of education and the purpose of education. People-oriented education means that teachers are student-oriented, principals are teacher-oriented, government officials at all levels are principal-oriented, and students are educated to serve society.

The Internet provides a vast amount of information resources, and the abundance of educational resources makes it possible for students to develop individually. The diversity of resources brings about the diversity of learning styles and contents, and the diversity of personal development. Students can independently choose the direction of their development, select excellent resources in a specific direction, learn and dialogue with top masters, and deeply explore their potential for development.

Third, the Internet has brought great challenges to the traditional concept of education.

The impact of information technology on education will be immeasurable. It will not only bring about significant changes in the form of education and learning, but more importantly, it will have a profound impact on the ideas, concepts, models, contents and methods of education. Informationization of education is a revolution that we must face from ideology to practice.

The change in society’s understanding of education informatization. China is increasing investment in education informatization, and some visionary universities or government departments have set up education informatization offices to coordinate the planning of school informatization construction and grasp the direction of educational development changes. However, as a whole, the whole society is not sufficiently aware of the importance of education informatization, and some departments are only shouting in words, with far less investment in network infrastructure, teacher skills preparation, and education resources construction. Do we recognize that a school without a campus network is the same as a school without a classroom, a school without an Internet connection is the same as a school without a library, and a school without a library of teaching resources is the same as a school without a teacher?

The transformation of school functions. With the advent of the era of information technology in education, the functions of knowledge generation, knowledge dissemination and knowledge application of universities are gradually evolving. The function of knowledge generation is gradually increasing, and the function of knowledge dissemination will be gradually weakened by the influence of the Internet. In a sense, universities should gradually evolve into research-based knowledge production institutions. Due to the diversification of learning methods, the other function of universities – the function of knowledge level identification – will gradually increase. Universities will be authorized by the government to issue examinations and certificates for the purpose of identifying the level of knowledge acquired by people. The identification and certification of learning effectiveness will become more complicated, scientific and professional as students’ personal development diversifies.

Change of teachers’ view of teaching. Teachers with modern teaching concepts should change from being the traditional knowledge transmitter to being the organizer and coordinator of learning, i.e., guiding, planning, organizing and coordinating students’ learning activities, and focusing on cultivating students’ self-learning and the ability to acquire information and knowledge. In the past, the development of students’ ability to learn on their own emphasized the use of two tools, namely, the dictionary and the library. In the future, the Internet should be added and emphasized as a tool and learning through the Internet should be emphasized. Teachers should pay attention to the improvement of their own quality, pay attention to the use of new technology to develop curriculum courseware, a lesson plan with years of teachers will certainly be eliminated by the information society.

A change in the view of student learning. Education informatization certainly can not be equated with the simple concept of the Internet, students should be guided by teachers, the information network and technology into a tool for conscious learning, self-discovery, independent exploration. There is a problem of perception here, not only that only entering the classroom is learning, only what the teacher says is knowledge, only test scores indicate ability, but also a comprehensive and correct understanding of knowledge and learning, and of education informatization.

In short, in education information technology wave sweeping today, no matter you are a teacher, students, no matter where you are, whether you are five or eighty years old, everyone has the opportunity, everyone should be prepared. Grasping education and information technology is the same as grasping our future.

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