Technology, these days, is omnipresent. From satellites to household chores, technology is everywhere, helping us simplify our work and exemplify our experiences with day to day jobs. Education is one such sphere where technology is gaining more and more importance with each passing day.
Technology does affect children in various ways. It is up to us to let technology ruin their childhood or to make its effects positive and constructive. As the western world moves to replace study tables in schools with computers and providing high-speed internet to achieve its vision of smart classrooms all over, the tech wave seems to have arrived in India too.
Integrating technology is empowering the learner. Children are fascinated by the world around. They want to explore and create. In a smart environment, they want to create websites, engage in computer programming to develop applications and put them to use. With its logical and analytical approach, learning to code automatically helps children develop these skills:
- Creative problem-solving
- Logical thinking
- Effective and independent decision-making
- Healthy debates and discussions
Recently, 14 year old Ramesh Advay, a class 10 student from Chennai, developed a mobile application named FELT(FishErmen Lifeline Terminal) that warns fishermen if they are about to cross an international water boundary or a safety line mark during rough weather. He won the Google Science Fair Community Impact Project award from the Asia Pacific region.
The Chennai kid went ahead to win accolades for his app that benefits fishermen. If we want to see more creative problem solving ideas coming in from children, we need to introduce coding to kids at an early age. Technology-integrated classrooms and an early introduction to coding will help them achieve a sense of pride while learning.