Internet and education

Internet is an excellent tool for studying. It is endless and available to almost everyone, and its influence on the learning process is constantly growing. There are thousands of mentions and connections for every subject in it. New information is constantly added to websites, blogs and software. However, some important traditional learning methods cannot be replaced: group study, experimentation and interaction, for example. The excessive amount of content and options is also an issue, because so many stimuli might disrupt concentration.

Despite the facilities offered by the web for studying, reading and exchange of thoughts, there is also a great variety of tools for distraction – games, videos, social networks – that reduce many people’s reliance on Internet’s power for creation and democratization of knowledge.

Every new technology that becomes as essential to society as Internet brings solutions, but also new issues. An example of that is the difficulty to manage the great amount of information and distinguish what has quality from what doesn’t.

Universities want students to participate in on-line learning environments and to search for more information outside of the classrooms. What is important is that education happens through discussion and exchange of knowledge – not vertically, but horizontally. New educational methods aim for real participation. Usually, their flaws are not technological, but communicational. Management of human relations, in order to raise cooperation instead of competition, is more important than the creation of new technologies.

Nowadays, it is possible to participate directly in virtual knowledge building, by publishing written or multimedia intellectual production or by creating virtual debates. Technology works as ground for creation of partnerships for learning, which is vital, because exchange, trust and freedom of expression are necessary to raise intellectual productivity.

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