Human history is an interesting thing – every bit of it. From the evolution of man from apes to discovery of fire and invention of wheels to the later inventions and developments in science and technology, we have indeed come a long way. And the most fascinating of these is the invention of the internet.
How astonishing it is, indeed, to think that with just an internet connection, the whole world is at your fingertips. Today, it is definitely impossible to imagine a life without the internet, as it has now become a part and parcel of our everyday life – both personal and professional.
From accessing news from across the world to saturating the business online to sending a simple ‘hi’to a friend, the internet does it all in a jiffy. The leading search engines such as Google and Yahoo! are always a go to for people with questions and curiosity. And it doesn’t end here, because we now have new media platforms such as YouTube, TikTok, Instagram, Facebook and many more from where we can not only access information but also share it. Through the internet, we build connections that we never thought would have, as well. The internet has become a powerful tool whereby every other person seeks information, communication and entertainment.
INTERNET AS A MEDIUM OFEDUCATION
As much as it is an effective tool of communication, with the onset of pandemic, the internet is now considered a very crucial instrument of education, as well. Though there was widespread use of the internet for educational purposes such as gathering information for assignments, seminars/projects, doubt resolution, etc. it is the necessity that the pandemic posed for alternative methods of education that has boosted use of the internet in the field of education entertainment. Now, the internet has become an integral part of our life than it ever was, and the field of education especially, owing to the many benefits that it poses. Many believe that the purpose of the internet has always been education, as it is basically a tool of communication, information flow and awareness.
Bush and Dawson, in the year 2013, have rightly noted that,
“The Internet isn’t just a powerful tool for communication. It’s arguably the most potent force for learning and innovation since the printing press. ”
And the following says, why:
1. Affordable and Economical:
Offline education owes its high cost to the infrastructure required to house the students and the cost of maintenance of the same, year after year. The commercialization of education and the high costs that followed have become one of the stinkiest barriers of education.
The internet, however, provides easy access to education owing to the affordable prices and costeffectiveness. With just a smart phone and/or a PC with internet connection, students can access quality education. What more, the maintenance cost for these is much, much lesser than what was required otherwise.
2. Multimedia Access:
Another plus of the internet in education is the access to multimedia study materials that Each individual is different in terms of thoughts, personality and capability. As such, the modes of learning also vary from one person to another.
While some are visual learners, others are auditory learners while others learn faster with both audio and video media in place; while others might require further assistance, too.
The Internet with the huge bundle of information that it stores, also provides for all these modes of learning. Also, this information can be accessed multiple times as and when required.
The internet is always updated. Anything new at any corner of the world can now be accessed by us within seconds. So is it about the information from the past. The Internet provides us with a plethora of options to choose from. From research papers, PowerPoint presentations, tutorial videos to question banks, study guides and platforms such as quora and many more educational websites, we can learn it all from one place.
4. Quality Education
This has now become a point of debate across the country whether online education is an effective tool for imparting knowledge. While it is indeed a point to ponder upon, we can owe its inefficiency to many factors such as novelty due to the changed environment, the lack of access to steady internet connection, the distractive surroundings, etc.
In this way, the internet has become to education, what fuel is to fire. And while we have discussed the benefits of online education, we must also acknowledge that this is not true for all. However, we firmly believe that if these issues are addressed at the right time, in the right way, these benefits would indeed prove for themselves. Excluding these factors and their subsequent impact, the internet with its resources and the endless possibilities that it possesses is the best mode for provision of quality education. It also improves the teacher-student and peer interaction.
5. Environment Friendly
The last, but a major benefit of the internet as a tool of education is that it is an environment friendly medium. Education over the internet significantly reduces the use of paper. Moreover it saves upon the many resources that would otherwise be put to overuse during offline education . With the preservation of these energy sources and reduced paper use, online education proves to be yet another method of sustainable development.
In this way, the internet has become to education, what fuel is to fire. And while we have discussed the benefits of online education, we must also acknowledge that this is not true for all. However, we firmly believe that if these issues are addressed at the right time, in the right way, these benefits would indeed prove for themselves.
We, at eGenius, being the frontrunners of digitally revolutionising the education system look forward for the same.
William Shakespeare, undoubtedly is the most celebrated playwright of all time. His works have always reflected the complexity of human emotions and how, when uncontrolled, can often cause mishaps – sometimes comical and sometimes tragic.
‘Othello’ is a work of domestic tragedy where our hero, by the name Othello, blinded by jealousy falls from the heights of virtue to the abyss of sin. Being the brave warrior that he is, Othello wins over Desdemona, a young, noble lady’s heart and marries her despite the opposition posed by her father. Desdemona loves Othello for his valour and he loves her back for she loves him for what he is. While in deep love, both fail to notice the storm brewing around them. And the storm happens to be none other than one of Othello’s trusted servants – Iago.
Iago is a villain, and a villain that you’ll hate with all you’ve got. His motive is very much unclear throughout the play and as it goes on, we only realize that all his evil deeds are given a motive than have it.
Iago knows for a fact that nothing can hold back Othello if it is not Desdemona. And he very much exploits it. Iago ushers Othello to believe that his beloved wife, while seemingly loyal, is having an ambiguous relationship with Cassio, another of Othello’s trusted friends. Instance after instance, he provokes Othello in such a way that the latter lets rationality slip away in face of raging emotions – of love, jealousy and pride.
‘Othello’ is yet another master piece by Willaim Shakespeare and ePatra recommends our readers to float along in the roller-coaster of emotions that this play offers.
Integrated Teachers’ Education Programme is a 4-year pre-service training cum graduation program launched by the Ministry of HRD in line with the new National Education Policy, 2020. Considering that the teachers’ engagement, starting from 2030, will solely be based on ITEP as the minimum qualification, it is important to know what, where, when, who, why and how of this course.
The ITEP course is crafted by the National Council for Teacher Education, a body under the Ministry of Education, in such a way that it offers a dual-major Bachelor’s degree along with the other basic training that a teacher is expected to possess.
The 4-year ITEP course is set to be launched across 50 multi disciplinary educational setups across the country in pilot mode for now.
Specialised disciplines available under the course include history, arts, commerce, economics, mathematics, science, the nation’s cultural heritage and values of our democracy as well as Early Childhood Care and Education, Foundation al Literacy and Numeracy among others.
The course will commence with the academic session 2022-23 and is open for students who want to establish a career in teaching after Class 12 and offers B.A. B.Ed./ B.Sc. B. Ed. and B.Com. B.Ed. programmes, and is expected to be a revolution as far as teaching, as a career, is concerned. The National Testing Agency will carry out the admissions for the same through NCET.
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