The Advantages and Disadvantages of Using Information Technology in
The most obvious advantage of using information technology in teaching
and learning is the flexibility for learners to get access to
computers. Now that computers have become common, learners can get
access to the Internet and engage in study at any time, any place and
at their own pace. This is the reason why distance learning has become
so common nowadays.
Another advantage of information technology is its versatility. Other
than just sounds, computers can produce colourful graphics, which will
greatly enhance the learning outcome as learners will retain the
majority of what is taught through sights rather than sounds. Besides,
compared with humans, computers have absolute superiority in
generating attractive graphics. In a nutshell, a picture is worth more
than a thousand words.
Besides, computers can provide instant feedback to learners when they
are doing exercises or practising. Learners don't have to wait for
teachers to mark their answers or give comments. Immediate feedback
will sustain learners' interest.
Finally, through the Internet, learners can get access to a huge
variety of knowledge from various sources. Moreover, the knowledge is
Despite the many advantages mentioned above, there are drawbacks and
obstacles of using information technology in teaching. First and
foremost, the teachers' knowledge of information technology is the
most crucial factor in determining the success of using such
technology in teaching. In general, the younger the age of teachers,
the more information technology they have, and thus the more willing
of them in using such technology in teaching. On the contrary, many
older teachers find it very hard to grasp the concepts and develop the
skills of using...