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Technology & Education in Kenya

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The world today has advance in such a way that technology has taken centre stage when it comes to how things are done. Gone are the days when one only needed to rely on the teacher to learn. Students are now exposed to the internet which has a wide range of information that they can use for their learning needs. Access to the internet is easy as it is just a click away and information is readily available.

Research has now been made very easy because students do not need to rely on textbooks only. Some schools were limited in terms of books and stocking libraries was becoming a problem. Now students can get several versions of eBooks online and still do their research or assignments. E-learning is also taking centre stage as more and more people opt to learn from the comfort of their homes or are too busy with work for find time to attend classes.

Social media has overtaken the natural way of interacting between people. Especially for young people who are student, it touches almost every part of their lives. This can be integrated into learning even thought most schools lag far behind when it comes to integrating technology into classroom learning. Many are just beginning to explore the true potential technology offers for teaching and learning. Properly used, technology will help students acquire the skills they need to survive in a complex, highly technological knowledge-based economy. This will take away the ideology they hold that technology is just for fun.

Integrating technology into classroom instruction means more than teaching basic computer skills and software programs in a separate computer class. Effective technology integration must happen across the curriculum in ways that research shows deepen and enhance the learning process. It should allow for frequent interaction and feedback just as it would happen in a normal classroom. Effective technology integration is achieved when the use of technology is routine and understood by all and when it supports curricular goals set up by schools.

Technology also changes the way teachers teach providing a more effective way of reaching different types of learners and assess student understanding through multiple means available. It also enhances the relationship between teacher and student in that it is more interactive and interesting especially to the student. 

Learning using technology tools allows students to be intellectually challenged early in life so that when they later start working, they have a thorough understand of how technology works so they easily integrate it into their daily routines.

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