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HOW TIMES HAVE CHANGED – THE EVOLUTION OF LEARNING

If you were born in the 80’s or before, you will remember a time before the internet, before computers were in every home and before everyone had a mobile phone. Let’s take a short trip down memory lane (for those of us old enough to remember) and look at where we have come over the last 30 or so years.

School education

Learning in school has changed a lot in the last 30 or so years. When I first started school the class registers were taken on paper, homework was written in books and research was done at the library or by asking people who knew about the subject.

Fast forward to now and the class register is taken on an electronic device, homework is often completed on a laptop or computer and research is at our fingertips thanks to the internet.

Many children are introduced to technology at a young age with the introduction of learning apps on iPads and tablets which are popular with both adults and children. Many children are now more tech savvy than their parents which means learning in school has to advance with the times. Personally, I think it’s a good thing. Technology has helped revolutionise the way we communicate, work and learn.

I think it’s amazing how quickly young children are capable of picking up and using technology. Children as young as 7 and 8 are being encouraged to learn coding which is something many adults would have no clue how to do. This is the modern age and whether we like it or not it’s important that children learn how to use these everyday devices.

Workplace learning

In most jobs, you will come across some form of workplace learning. In the past workplace learning wasn’t as big as it is now, and often fellow employees would train and help new employees learn the ropes. That wouldn’t be acceptable in this day and age. Workplace learning has come a long way and now there are usually specially trained members of staff who help employees learn the skills they need to perform the job to the best of their ability. If there aren’t specially trained staff, companies such as GP Strategies can help improve employee performance.

Home learning

Learning at home has come on leaps and bounds from what it was 20 or 30 years ago. Previously, at home learning would involve finding your learning material which would usually be a book from the library or a VHS tape. If you wanted to learn with a teacher that would involve attending a class – how times have changed.

Now there’s really no limit to what you can learn at home and usually for free. With the invention of YouTube came video tutorials for every manner of things, learn a language, how to repair your computer, how to bake the perfect cake, etc. Anything you would like to learn or know can usually be found on YouTube.

Another great thing that has come from the advancements in technology is long distance learning. Long distance home learning is now a thing and many courses can be taught by teachers over skype. This has made learning more convenient and accessible for those who might not have been able to get access to classes or research material in the past.

Future learning

So, whether you love or hate how technology has changed the way we learn there’s no denying it has and will continue to do so as technology continues to advance. Maybe, one day, we will have robots teaching in classes, or is that a bridge too far? You decide…

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