Thursday, May 16, 2013

Could Computers Ever Replace Schools?

Most children studying in western schools will use a computer at some point in their education. In fact, online education is now actually part of the curriculum with a class dedicated to learning computer skills – IT.

More and more schools are dropping the chalk and picking up the mouse to integrate online with learning, but could computers ever really replace institutionalised schooling?

Most universities have some kind of portal that acts as a hub. Which usually includes taught materials, relevant information and timetables – these hubs could almost eliminate the need to go to the class at all.

If each student had a computer in class, it could save universities a lot of money that they would normally spend on huge lecture halls and projector screens – but would each student learning through a computer really make for Interactive education and could this filter through the chain down to primary education?

Long Distance:

Online learning allows for long-distance learning, meaning that location would no longer be an issue for people that live in remote areas.

Free Education:

The first thing most people do when they want to find something out is Google it. The amount of information on the internet is absolutely staggering and there is actually a growing trend of teachers and academics breaking away from traditional methods of teaching and uploading educational and engaging videos online. With themes ranging from algebra to aeronautical engineering, millions of people are tuning in to learn online. If this trend continues, there would be no limit to the amount of people being taught at one time and new students could access the videos whenever they like as the videos would remain online.

What’s stopping it?

All of this sounds great, so what is it that hasn’t allowed for this to happen already?

Well, of course, a computer could never really replace the benefits of physically being taught by a teacher and interacting with other children in class.

A lot of a child’s experience of discipline comes from being taught at school. Learning that you have to listen, learning that you must let others talk, patiently waiting for your turn to talk and hearing other people’s ideas all comes when being taught in class.

This allows a child to develop a lot of their characteristics, traits and life skills that they may not achieve by being taught by a computer and a mouse all day.

Author Bio:
Rich finds the development of computers and internet devices interesting as he works for a company called Case Comms that installs Industrial Routers


  1. There are things that a kid might missed if he/she would home study – it limits socialization, eliminates leadership’s role and causes of poor academic performance. But having educational apps is really a useful thing for learning. I found one that helps my kid to prepare her from schooling.

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  2. Eventually all will become possible. "Ever" is a long time. When looking at current developments as described in Gore's book "The Future" and Kaku's "Physics of the Future" it seems we will be learning either super fast with genetic alterations or will become part robot with which we can download all knowledge within a second. Even I guess learning will become an entirely new thing in the future with many new possibilities to gain knowledge. Perhaps schools will become forums of discussion or guides in the world of information.

  3. Yeah you are right Rowan, Education is fast developing with the invention of newer technologies to make studying much easier than ever.

    Thanks for standby and leaving a valuable Comment Rowan. You are most welcome! :)


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