Educational technology is essential in the modern world in order to achieve the highest standards of education, class structure and students’ ability to gain additional knowledge. This is particularly true because of the development of Information and Communication Technology (ICT) that has made an impact on the major part of society.
According to Educational Technology Insight (2011), “The way we do business, socialize, amuse ourselves and learn are all being radically changed.” Similarly, the field of education is growing due to the use of educational technology initiated under computer-assisted learning curricula that have been in use since the early 1980s. Computer-assisted learning has changed the class structure accordingly to the need of altering resources for the incorporation of educational technology. For instance, the National Research Council (2003) notes that classes have been restructured to avail Internet services and classrooms have been equipped with multiple computers to be used by students.
Educational technology has been helping students to acquire additional knowledge since its inception in the 1980s, when new technological advances, which now play transformational roles in expanding students’ knowledge, took place. This was made possible due to individualization of instructional learning to all students and in continuous development of teaching.
The success of implementing educational technology depends on the capability of teachers to use the innovations appropriately to the benefits of students. These innovations and applications of IT include web-based designs, hyperlinks, multimedia, interactive 2-D and 3-D graphics and animation, modeling, data visualizations, geolocation and community-oriented features (National Research Council, 2003, p.2). With these new techniques, a student’s experience will change significantly and students will boost their abilities to master key concepts of the IT world in order to meet future challenges. The students will be next in line to replace the current variety of employers, employees and business leaders to define the future of technology and counter the effects of the population explosion (Venkataiah, 2008).