Monday, June 27th, 2011 | education, technology
Young people may not realize how much the world has changed because they were not alive to see what it was like in the past. If they talk to their parents – or better even, their grandparents – they may be surprised to learn how many changes took place during only the last two generations.
Some of the changes older people will recall are:
The way in which we communicate is different. Fifty years ago people wrote letters by hand or with a type-writer and sent them by what the current generation calls “snail mail” – now we’re sending emails and text messages, reaching their destination instantly. A telephone call was a time consuming business, since calls were put through manually by operators – now we are directly in touch with people in all parts of the world though technologies such as cell phones and Skype.
Computers and the internet have changed the way in which we entertain ourselves. In the past international sports events were available to only a few – today the whole world can watch world cup events in real time. We had to go to the movies to see a movie – now we can watch the latest movies at home, even on our cell phones. And just think about computer games – they opened a whole new world of entertainment to us.
The way we work has changed. Over the years we have moved from manual labour to the use of machines to help us do our work. In more recent times this has again changed to a situation where electronic devices are taking over the functions of both machines and people.
What has made all these changes possible? They all happened because of technology.
Can you think of any area of life where technology has not brought about changes?
The one area that stands out like a sore thumb is education. Technology has not yet succeeded in transforming education, even in countries where it is available in schools. On the African continent (including South Africa) we are even further behind.
Most jobs today require proficiency in the use of technology. Organizations may rightly expect that people working for them will have technology skills, but the basic education system does not equip learners with those skills. The general lack of the use of technology in schools therefore places a burden on tertiary education institutions and the economy.
We can ill afford this situation to continue.
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