In the field of technology, the word disruption is used for technology or innovation that brings about a radical change in the way a sector functions by introducing efficiency, affordability and convenience. The technological revolution in the business sector is represented by the extensive use of smartphones or web conferencing in American offices. However, the impact of technological disruption on the education sector is much higher. The tide of smart classrooms and e-learning has changed the way education is delivered and pursued, today.
The presence of technology in the classroom makes students active, not passive learners. The education system is becoming more student-centered. Students can choose, manipulate, and produce what they want to learn and how. The students themselves create the learning environment and the way in which lessons are learned. E-learning has made the education system more convenient and flexible. Students can study through the platform of their own choice. The role of the teacher has also changed because he is no longer the only source of knowledge. He turns into a mentor and is responsible for providing guidance and resources to students.
This system increases the student’s self-esteem and level of motivation when he becomes an active participant in the whole learning process. It is known that a student learns more by listening and visualizing than by just reading. The use of activity-based audio-visuals in the classroom generates more interest in the lessons being taught. The e-learning portal makes education available to students who did not have previous access. Different courses and methods are being accessed by students of all age groups at their own choice of time and place. It makes the whole education system more dynamic and student friendly.
One of the challenges facing this system is that the standardized testing model is not adaptive to the varying pace and learning style of children. Some students respond to audio-visuals faster while others respond relatively slowly. However, these challenges can be turned into opportunities by teachers. Teachers can use traditional ways of teaching for regular teaching. The K-12 e-classroom method can be used simultaneously, depending on the different learning capacities of students for example, to improve the performance of weaker students.
The use of technology in the classroom encourages creative and out of the box thinking in students, because it presents monotonous lessons in a very interesting and innovative way. The process is interesting and stimulating for students. Project-based activities and learning are valued and encouraged. American universities were once considered the best in the world but are now seeking to pursue cost-effectiveness with their global counterparts while delivering through the K-12 system.
Smart class concept and e-learning is a revolution in itself, making the country’s education system dynamic, efficient, student-centred and flexible. There are certain challenges, which are being faced and will soon be overcome with the introduction of newer technologies, techniques and processes.