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20 February 2015

What role does technology play in Education?

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Technology unavoidably reaches all aspects of our lives. When we consider education, technology may appear to be rather harmful. Many tend to think that technology does more harm than good to their young students. A generation that lives attached to their mobiles or computers, who hardly play out and resort to browsing the internet for homework answers they can copy and paste.


However, resisting the inevitable is not the solution. It is better to adapt technology to education and take advantage of its benefits. Indeed, technology can be a tool linked to a change in education. The Internet provides a vast network of infinite data content; to learn techniques, obtain and contrast information and adapt it to our needs.

Videoconferencing and online audiovisual content give us access to great professionals worldwide, at just the click of a button. Clearly this encourages self-education, but can be used in universities for distance learning or complementary e-learning applications for any educational organization, which gives many advantages such as:

  • Tec-educaciónCustomized classes: According to the study time, level, material … everyone is different and assimilates knowledge differently. Thus, the way of studying the content can be better suited to the student.
  • Educational software: There are many types of educational software, according to the intended public. However, it is now common to find textbooks accompanied by cd-roms for exam purposes which reveal the common mistakes, for example.
  • Flexibility: Each student can manage their time and daily commitment independently.
  • Intranet: In the university environment, for example, the use of a computer system which has agendas, exam dates, recoveries, teacher and student contact details, etc. is almost mandatory.  An Intranet system helps students and teachers to take greater control and hand in or review work at all hours, allowing more time for the completion or correction of complex work or projects. It is a system that most universities around the world have been using for some time but is improving day by day and allows a connection between teachers, students and organization.
  • EducationMOBILEApps for Education: Smart Apps to help students in their learning. As strange as it seems, Smartphones can become educational allies. Below is a link to another article by a fellow blogger that speaks of one of the universities in Finland that most applies technology in their own classrooms; Link.
  • Internal and external social networks: Yes, it’s true, social networks can be used to create groups of class assignments, discussion groups and more educational topics.

If we add BPM software to the educational organization, administrative, financial and educational tasks will be managed by a single system, unifying information and getting an organizational order allowing quick access to any queries, student reports, the success or otherwise of the use of various educational systems, etc. AuraPortal is currently the most comprehensive tool on the market for developing an effective training management. It has all the possibilities of latest technologies which make the physical location of organizers, teachers and students irrelevant.

With AuraPortal you can carry out an efficient training strategy which addresses all models, including traditional courses (taught from classrooms with physical presence of teachers and students) and Online courses (e-learning) using any device. AuraPortal training management includes the entire set of procedures that are performed to develop an effective training project: Planning, Convening, Monitoring and Measuring of Results (in cost and time).

Thus the use of technology in education can have very positive effects on educational efficiency.