NEED FOR EDUCATIONAL TECHNOLOGY
Educational technology has captured classroom teaching To-day’s classroom is totally different from the classroom of the past. To-day the teacher is well-versed in the art of teaching. He has mastered many teaching skills. Although the blackboard remains the best means of effective teaching, he has numerous other modes, both visual and audio, at his ready command. It is other modes, both visual and audio, at his ready command. It is this new situation which has highlighted the need for educational technology. The following points are important in this regard.
For improving the quality of education. Educational technology is needed for im0proving the quality of education. The kind of education given in the past fulfilled the needs of those who received that. They had limited needs and the means of education were limited too. The scene has changed to-day. An educated person needs advanced skills to excel in the competitive world. Educational technology provides the knowledge of these advanced skills. Michael J. Apter has rightly said, “Today a technology of education is being deposed with the aim not only of making education more widely available, but also of improving the quality of education which is already available.”
For improving education at different levels.
Educational technology is needed for improving education at different staged, such a pre-primary, secondary, University, teacher education and so on.
At the pre-primary stage, educational technology is needed to answer the special needs of the pre-school child. A pre-schooler needs experience more than instruction. With the help of audio. visual and audio-visual aids, a pre-school child can gain practical experience which would help him in his later schooling.
The primary stage is the first stage of formal education. The children are required to acquire certain standards of learning. If the teaching-learning environment is not congenial, children are likely to develop dislike for the school. Educational technology can be of great help to the primary school teachers. With the knowledge of educational technology, the teachers can develop play-methods and materials for maintaining children’s interest. The use of toys and games can make routine teaching interesting.