The changing pattern of education in the era of “Internet+

There is no doubt that Chinese society has entered the era of information technology, and the number of Internet users and the speed of development of the Internet economy are the first in the world. When the Premier mentioned the Internet, mobile Internet and other emerging industries eight times in the Report on the Work of the Government and proposed the new concept of “Internet+”, it drew millions of praises from netizens every day. It can be said that the rapid development of “Internet+” in China has not only raised the level of one traditional industry after another, but also brought opportunities, hopes and challenges to everyone. What does “Internet+” mean for China’s education sector? In a nutshell, Chinese education is entering into a greater change based on information technology.

The Internet + curriculum has not only produced online courses, but more importantly, it has made the entire school curriculum, from its organizational structure to its basic content, change dramatically. It is because of the existence of the Internet with massive resources that the curriculum content of primary and secondary school subjects has been comprehensively expanded and updated, many cutting-edge knowledge suitable for primary and secondary school students can enter the classroom in a timely manner and become a spiritual package for students, and the artistic and lifelike content of the curriculum has become a reality. I remember when the Internet was not yet developed, the author taught Mr. Ye Shengtao “the making of cloisonné”, I think it is difficult to explain the production process of cloisonné, the author’s lips dry tongue to describe the cloisonné model, explain each production process, listen to the teacher said not like a language class, to like a craft class, but students are always like falling ten miles of clouds, confused. Nowadays, the Internet is full of illustrations of the cloisonné production process, there are a lot of cloisonné physical color photos, and CCTV10 elaborate “Craft II – Cloisonné of Blue”, the teacher can not even say a word, the students can know all aspects of cloisonné. The wealth and advancement of knowledge gained by students through the Internet may well surpass that of the author. In addition to the innovation of the content of the compulsory courses, with the support of the Internet, the development and application of school-based elective courses have also become sky wide. More and more schools are able to offer hundreds of special school-based elective courses, and many courses that were once unthinkable have now become a reality.

The Internet + teaching has formed many new concepts such as network teaching platform, network teaching system, network teaching resources, network teaching software and network teaching video, which not only help teachers to establish advanced teaching concepts, change classroom teaching methods and greatly improve teaching quality, but also, and more excitingly, revolutionize the traditional teaching organization form. It is because of the development of Internet technology that the “flipped classroom”, featuring learning before teaching, has become a reality. At the same time, teacher-student interaction in teaching is no longer a formality, and the Internet has completely broken through the time and space constraints of the classroom. Students can communicate with their peers and teachers almost anywhere, anytime, at their own pace. In the Internet world, the teacher’s leading role is at its highest limit. Through mobile terminals, the teacher can instantly give students pointers and guidance, and at the same time, the teacher no longer imparts knowledge from above, but more often provides links to resources, implements interest stimulation, and conducts thought leadership. Since teachers can reach out to any corner of any field through the Internet at any time, and can even have live video chats with famous experts in various fields thousands of miles away, they become more comfortable and have richer means to teach in the classroom. When students can get the knowledge they want in the classroom, meet the people they admire, and have their doubts solved through images and voices, you can imagine their love for the subject is unparalleled.

Internet + learning has created the very popular mobile learning today, but it is definitely not just a concept that exists as a simple way to learn anywhere and anytime, it represents a change in the way students think and act about learning. Through the Internet, students’ initiative in learning is strengthened, and they find the need and value of learning in the Internet world, efficient ways of learning that do not require rote memorization, and answers that can solve many of their learning doubts. Research-based learning has been advocated for many years, but it has not really been applied and promoted in primary and secondary schools for the important reason that it is limited by the research instructor, the research site, the research resources, the financial and material resources, and so on. In the world of the Internet, students can easily make comprehensive and multi-faceted observations of research subjects, conduct large-scale research on people they know and unfamiliar with, and even conduct virtual scientific experiments. When Internet technology becomes a powerful tool in the hands of students, students can truly establish their main position and get rid of the passive feeling of learning, and independent learning can change from slogan to actual action. Most primary and secondary school students will have the ability to explore knowledge, discover problems and find solutions in the Internet world. The rise of distance training for teachers is entirely based on the development of Internet technology, and the concept of lifelong learning for teachers has also become a reality in the Internet world. For most teachers who use the Internet, they are very aware of the fact that the knowledge they once possessed is declining at such a rapid rate, and they truly understand that “a disciple does not have to be inferior to a teacher, and a teacher does not have to be wiser than a disciple. The Internet has not only changed teachers’ teaching attitudes and skills, but also their learning attitudes and methods. He no longer looks down on his students with the authority of a teacher, but really crouches down to talk with them and becomes their partner in inquiry-based learning.

Internet+evaluation, another buzzword, has become an important tool for modern education management in the field of education. Through the Internet platform, students give scores to teachers’ education and teaching, teachers give scores to education administration and leaders through the Internet, and the administration also conducts timely evaluation and monitoring of different schools and teachers’ education and teaching activities through the Internet’s big data, so as to ensure that each school and teacher can achieve positive development. In other words, in the era of “Internet+”, everyone in the education field is the subject and the object of evaluation, and it will be easier for all social strata to intervene in the evaluation of education through the Internet. In addition, the Internet+ evaluation not only changes the way of evaluation mentioned above, but also changes the content or standard of evaluation. For example, under the traditional education and teaching system, teachers’ education and teaching level is basically reflected by students’ performance, but in the “Internet+” era, teachers’ information organization and integration, the transformation of teachers’ education and teaching research results, and the extent to which teachers’ accumulated experience can be shared through the Internet will become important indicators for teachers’ evaluation.

In short, when the “Internet+” is incorporated into the top-level design of the national economy for the first time, it means the official arrival of the “Internet+” era, and education can only go to a new level by continuously making revolutionary changes in response to the needs of this era. In the face of the new opportunities and challenges offered by the “Internet+” era, every educator must have firm confidence, emancipate their minds, focus their attention and persevere to create a “new education on the Internet” that is ahead of the world.

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