Task2 - Education >> Computer Assisted Learning

"Computer Assisted Learning"


Are computers an essential tool for modern education? What subjects can be better taught using computers? Are there aspects of a good education that cannot be taught using computers?

The computer age is well and truly here. In fact, computers, and the information that they disseminate, are now an indispensable part of our lives. Education is an area where computers are becoming increasingly useful. While there are many facets of a good education that can be aided by computers, there are also some subjects that cannot be taught through computer assisted teaching.

Computers play two important roles in a modern education. Firstly, a computer offers a tremendous information resource. It is true that almost all the world's libraries have now been converted to a digital format and are available on the internet. For example, a geography student can access information about every country in the world simply by clicking a button. Secondly, computers offer great opportunities for language learners. Students studying a second language can easily access and utilize listening and reading resources. In addition, they can use the social media on the world wide web to practice their speaking skills.

However, there are some facets of a good education that do not lend themselves to computer assistance. Critical thinking skills are a case in point. Admittedly, students can find a wealth of information on the internet, but skills in how to relate to that information must be developed by a real live teacher. This is because a computer is unable to evaluate and push the ideas coming from students.

To summarize, in my opinion, computers are of great use to both teachers and students. It is likely that the computer will be employed more and more in education although teachers will always be necessary.

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