Computers have become so ubiquitous today that they are being used for everything— from basic computing tasks like writing a word file to high-end weather forecasting and drug discovery and everything in between.
While computers are making their way into every aspect of human life, the question is should students be exposed to computers early in life? The answer is yes.
For several years now, educational institutions have used computers for several purposes. Teachers use them to collect student data or gather teaching activities and resources. On the other hand, students use them as resources for gathering information.
Computers in the classroom are not new, however, in the scope and use of computers has increased several-fold in the classroom. today, students have access to unprecedented technology tools both at schools and at home.
This blog will explore the importance of computers in school.
- Personalized Education
Students like to use computers. It has been proven that students love to learn at their own pace and computers play an important role here. Whether it’s a projector, robotics, or computer, students are always keen to learn from computers. Technological materials, such as computers, will always support classroom learning and introduce different teaching methods.
- Instant Knowledge
The internet is as useful to students as it is for adults. It gives students instant access to answers beyond what’s written or available in their textbooks. Today’s children are already familiar with Google and will use it to find answers. However, computers will help them study any subject in a more holistic while still giving helping the students to the right source.
- Preferred Method of Education
The fact is students are already aware of and use tablets, mobiles, and computers at home and will be happy to have these at school as well. They prefer being taught with these devices and will be happy to use computers for studies at any point in time.
- Makes Them Future Ready
One of the advantages of using and learning computers in school is that it makes students future-ready. Whatever the students want to do in the future- business or job, computers are essential at every place and learning computers at a very early age gives them the confidence to be ready to take up any challenging role that life might show them. In short, it makes them job place ready and students that learn computers now in school will be adept at using this in their workplace. Do remember that the importance of computers goes beyond education: it also promotes and trains them to think critically, research independently, and be proficient across technology.
- Student Engagement
Computers keep students focussed and engaged for a longer time than traditional textbook/notebook method. It also makes them excited to learn more— especially STEM subjects. This is so because computers make it easy to deliver STEM education as all subjects look good on computers.
- Improving Technology
Technology is improving at an alarming pace. Tools like interactive whiteboards, tablets, and computers are always improving and becoming better. This way students are always engaged in meaningful and gainful ways which, while giving them knowledge, also updates and upgrades them in more ways than we can imagine. In short, computers are one of the best tools to teach them about the world.
- Influences Career Decisions
Introducing students to computers early on will inspire them to choose careers in the technology and engineering disciplines. It also enhances their knowledge of how computers have impacted people’s everyday lives. The knowledge that students acquire during their schooling years will increase their interest in technology-related disciplines when they prepare for college.
- Enhancement in Creativity
Computer classes in schools allow students to put their creativity to the right use. For example, if a class is asked to search something— how to draw a dam or a bird or a vehicle, students can search online for different ways to draw some. It could be an individual or group activity. Computer education in school also greatly improves the time needed to effectively learn something new. For example, students could be asked to find out ways to keep their surroundings clean. Although students know how to keep their surroundings clean, computer search will give them ned ideas on how to do it. They can also learn to repurpose existing materials at home which could otherwise go waste.
- Better Performance
Computer education has been known to improve the performance of the students by helping them to engage better with their school work. It’s believed that computers completely enhance students’ mathematical knowledge, critical thinking, and improve scores, besides helping with problem-solving. Computers are also known to play a major role in the students’ ability to score high in their competitive exams. By introducing computers to 3 and 4 years old children, they will see gainful improvements in abstraction, intelligence, non-verbal skills, as well as long-term memory.
Computers have become an absolute necessity today and are so ingrained in our daily lives that not knowing computers can become a significant liability.
At Orchids The International School, we believe in computers as one of the easiest ways to gain knowledge apart from the books. It’s for this reason that we conduct regular computer classes to enhance our student’s knowledge and skills.