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The Internet and Education

Over the past few decades, rapid changes have been witnessed in different sectors across the world. During this period, new technologies have been introduced to make work easier. The most outstanding of these developments is the Internet. This technology has brought students into a world of new possibilities by exposing them a wide range of information, resources, and communication irrespective of their geographic location. The internet has tremendously enhanced education. Through it, students’ learning has completely been changed. Studying is now flexible and fan. The internet has also broken barriers in education, thereby promoting individual and long-distance learning.The Internet and Education

The Internet has played a key role in promoting individual learning in addition to research. Today’s students have access to tools that allow them to study on their own. The advantage of this form of learning over the traditional one is that learners, especially the slow ones, will not feel embarrassed if they fail to understand or learn a concept. A host of online platforms offering virtual classrooms have been developed over the past few decades (Yilmaz, 2015). Many students are now visiting these sites to ask questions and find answers on various topics. Therefore, the Internet has played a key role in promoting individual research, enabling students to learn in great depth their topics of interests.

Cuevas and Kohle (2010) have carried out research to determine ways in which Youtube and Facebook, two of the greatly visited medium of information, can be used to enhance learning. Students that belong to the net generation use social media extensively, raising an interesting question about ways in which this could be harnessed to promote education. The nature of these media make them suitable for students to use for learning: they have low access barrier and involve little or no cost at all making them highly accessible by students. Cuevas and Kohle (2010) found that the Internet is effective in supporting student-centered learning. If used appropriately, it allows learners to provide instant feedback. This delivery method is favored most by students in both multi-cultural and cross-disciplinary learning environment. Additionally, the authors found that Youtube is used by both teachers and students as an efficient platform for the delivery and distribution of information. Outside the classroom, Facebook is also used to provide instant peer feedback. Moreover, it is an efficient tool that is used by teachers for evaluation. Therefore, it is evident that the Internet and social media has contributed to student-centered learning by improving the way students receive information inside and outside the classroom.

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Cuevas, A., & Kohle, F. (2010). A case study in using YouTube and Facebook as social media tools in enhancing student centred learning and engagement. In 3rd International Conference of Education, Research and Innovation (Iceri2010) (pp. 3596-3601).

Yilmaz, O. (2015). The Effects of” Live Virtual Classroom” on Students’ Achievement and Students’ Opinions about” Live Virtual Classroom” at Distance Education. Turkish Online Journal of Educational Technology-TOJET, 14(1), 108-115.