The 2019 Technology Invention Conference held last December at Bangkok, Thailand, featured some of the most groundbreaking researches, inventions, and innovations in the country. Approaches from various fields such as statistics, biotechnology, chemistry, and marine science, among others, were explored in the studies presented. The goal? Restoring the deteriorating ecosystem.
Incorporating Technology And Education
Such conferences underscore the importance of incorporating modern technology not only in higher education institutions and academic research but also in primary and secondary education centers. After all, those are the places where learning and development begin. Given that the world is in constant flux, humans, with the need and desire to make life better, continue to further scientific and technological breakthroughs. They become global citizens whose ability to access, understand, and control technology can define whether they’ll succeed in their pursuits or not.
With the explosion of information and available sources of knowledge, education is one of the sectors that saw massive and rapid changes from the technological revolution. Earlier generations of students who flocked libraries have now been replaced by a breed of learners who can access knowledge at any time and place. Big data can now be processed by statistical software in seconds. Mechanical and architectural designs can be designed with digital tools, and, including its motion and composition, can be analyzed with ease.
Making The Transition
Expectedly, learning institutions had to change their instructions accordingly to apply online and digital methods of teaching. Some have already required their pupils to transition to digital modes of studying in their tablets or laptops. This is the case for private schools and students who have purchasing capacity.
Numerous discussions between parents and teachers were conducted pre-roll out. These discussions focus on the trade-offs between efficient and lightweight technologies versus the expenses, security and safety issues, and compromised attention that it entails. Unfortunately, this shift widens the gap for students who have little to no resources.
We are at a time when possibilities are endless. Thanks to the iterative process of education and society, individuals continue to experience, ideate, prototype, test, and inspire. Learning is now literally at your fingertips. It is up to the knowledgeable and capable individuals, as well as the society, to promote digital literacy and equip students with the resources they need. Then, the youth can hopefully find the cure to the world’s most complex problems.