It has been debated that whether the open, cost-effective and a reliable access of internet to students can be a pillar of any education system. It is said that it democratizes the student to easily access various information and all the educational content also enabling the teachers to equalize with the technology and get familiar with the teaching tools such as it also eliminates the geographical barriers of understanding the education system that is trending and enhance the facilitates like interaction with teachers and the schoolmates.
If applied with due care, the internet access can help us to improve the education systems that is lagging, especially places that are often challenged by issues related to the lack of teachers in the schools which are outside the large centres located in urban areas and sometime carrying an inefficient book distribution system and logistics. In the early 2000s, several countries around the globe had launched the worldwide school connectivity programmes for the overall development. In the United States and Australia, almost all the schools had the internet connections and the established computer rooms. While the other countries had been less successful at implementing these programmes. While the programmes conducted also failed to acknowledge the role and to adapt the innovation so as to achieve the connectivity enabled learning and the technology uplifted teaching models, as their prime purpose was the “connect the school” platform. But the practical phenomenon of connecting only the school also includes problems and some implications. The time span a students may spend in front of the screens for education purpose while in school is also a point of concern for educators. On this concern the experts say that it should be used as a tool for the interaction of student and teacher along with the social collaboration at large stage and various skills development program. At home with the access to internet, students can have leverage to the screens for education and creative content and along with the online interaction. That is not possible with programmes without internet access that accounts for the connectivity out-of-school.
By: Anuja Arora