Humans have always used tools to help them with their everyday life. We went from sticks and stones to tools as sophisticated as computers. Computers required knowledge on how to operate them and use their functions to its full potential. More so, they weren’t an actual educational tool, that is, until the internet changed that. The power of the internet combined with the powerful search engines we have today allows the computers to be your personal encyclopedias, letting you access any piece of information that is on the internet. And humanity, as ingenious as ever, found various ways to implement that and offer people an accessible education.
Many students use the internet as their research tool which made it supersede libraries. Not only that you don’t have to travel to a library, but you can access multiple sources with a few clicks of a button rather than carrying dozens of books. You can even search for specific paragraphs or pages in much greater detail and by spending a lot less time, and shaving off the time is something that every student surely appreciates. Another thing that will save you the time and effort of travelling are the classes themselves.
Numerous educational institutions offer classes to be taken online while some of them are hybrid classes, with research material posted online. At the same time, it enables students to stay connected, allowing them to ask their peers about a missed lecture, an assignment or to merely clarify a problem. When you take all of it into consideration, the internet improves the learning experience and provides significantly better results.
The internet expanded the teaching field and, at the same time, introduced more working positions. Namely, teachers had to pass on job opportunities due to them not being able to commit to jobs that would either make them move or travel long distances. Nowadays, the internet has made it possible for teachers to do what they like across cities, countries or even continents.
Multiple businesses have transferred their work online. Some of those businesses employ teachers while some go as far as to recruit everyday citizens allowing them to teach their native language or the language they are fluent in. Some companies like Granny Cloud, for example, use Skype to offer a number of volunteers or retired teachers a chance to help children learn how to read.
You don’t have to be a part of a learning or teaching collective to actively seek a form of education online. Different prestigious universities such as Harvard, Yale and Stanford have opened their doors, allowing everyone to access their lectures. The different courses that they provide often come in the form of videos with notes attached to them. The best thing about it is that they are completely free so you can save yourself the tuition fees.
Other websites charge you for their services while offering a broad choice of different areas. Whether it comes to cooking classes, personal trainers; you can find anything that you can imagine.