The Benefits of the Internet in the Field of Education – The Internet in today’s digital era is very important in its role in everyday life. Starting from generation Z, millennials, to generation X have used and utilized internet facilities. The Internet is mostly used as a medium to work on and connect various human activities and work effectively, accurately, economically, and efficiently.
Today, we know primary needs, secondary needs, and secondary needs in economics. We already know which are the primary, secondary, and which are tertiary needs. However, along with the emergence of the internet, human needs are increasing. In the early days of the entry of internet technology in Indonesia, the internet was an expensive item that people could not use and enjoy.
Along with the development of the times and technology that is increasingly rapid, the need for the internet is increasingly evenly distributed for everyone and in various areas of human life. The Internet is useful and increasingly perceived by the general public. What is the internet about? How is the development of the internet? What are the benefits of the Internet in the field of education? How important is the internet in the field of education?
What is the Internet?
The Internet is a communication network that can connect between various available electronic media. History records, the first time the internet was invented in the 1960s. The invention of the internet was first used for research and research needs in the military field. Now, the Internet is used for needs in various areas of human life. In Indonesia, the internet was first introduced in 1994 which was initiated by several people who are experts in the field of Information Technology (IT). Another source mentioned that the internet is a communication network that functions to connect one electronic media with another quickly and precisely. Onno W. Purbo (2005) an expert in the field of IT, stated that the internet is a medium used to make the communication process efficient using applications such as websites, letters electronic or e-mail, and voip (technology of remote communication with the Internet).
Meanwhile, O’Brien gave the understanding of the internet, according to him, the internet is a computer network that is developing very rapidly. The Internet is useful and has a positive impact on education, business/economics, government, and other areas.
How Is the Internet Developing ?
The development of the Internet year after year is increasing rapidly, this is also due to the increasing human needs. The benefits of the internet can also be felt in various fields of human life, including in the field of education. In the field of education, the use of the internet is one of the important factors that help in the learning and learning process. Internet users can access and get various information related to curriculum, modules, articles, journals, supporting references, general knowledge, and so on with fast and practical. This allows every individual to find various things through search engines that are already available and connected to a stable and good internet network.
It is undeniable that the internet has many benefits that can be used and enjoyed by internet users. The existence of the internet has brought changes in various fields around the world. Then, what are the benefits of the internet in the field of education?
Benefits of the Internet in Education
The use of the internet in the field of education is very beneficial for teachers. The benefits of the internet in general can improve the quality and support teachers in teaching and learning activities. In addition to being useful for teachers, the internet is also useful for students. The existence of the internet is useful for students to search / study anytime and anywhere.
Let’s look at the following 10 benefits of the internet in the field of education for teachers and students, you!
1. Information related to educational institutions is increasingly accessible
In the past , educational institutions still promoted in a conventional way in the form of brochures, banners, and so on to introduce educational institutions to the general public. Almost all educational institutions choose the way by providing booklets or brochures in promoting schools /universities.
By using conventional means, the dissemination of information of educational institutions is less affordable to the general public. The presence of the internet changed the conventional way to be more efficient, fast, cost-effective, one of which was by creating a website. The existence of an educational institution’s website will make it easier for people to access information about certain educational institutions without having to come directly to the location. It can be accessed anywhere and anytime it can be accessed by the general public.
2. Save time and costs in recruiting new employees
Nowadays there is no need to place job advertisements in print media. Simply providing information on the website or official social media of the relevant educational institution, it will facilitate everyone’s access to find out the information. In addition to being more efficient and wider access, this also saves more costs because there is no need to pay for advertising services. Job seekers can easily find the desired vacancy only with internet access.
3. Provide convenience in attracting prospective students / students
The existence of an educational institution’s web will certainly bring its own charm for those who see it. To make it more interesting to see, the content on the web must have been designed well and beautifully so that it looks more attractive and easy to read and understand by the viewer, in this case, it is a prospective student/ student.
4. As a reference to make teaching materials
In the past, we could only get teaching materials or references to support learning through print media , for example: books, newspapers, and magazines. Now, teachers can choose the internet as another alternative in search of more complete, up-to-date, and easily accessible reference materials.
To be able to teach well and transfer knowledge effectively, the teacher must master the knowledge of the material to be delivered. Teachers can use the internet to find references to what is needed about the material to be taught. If the teacher has enough material, then the learner will get good and useful material as well. In addition to saving costs because there is no need to buy printed references, we can also save more time because just one search will appear a lot of the desired references and needed by us.
5. The learning method will be even more interesting!
As a teacher (teacher / lecturer), sometimes face obstacles in providing understanding to their students. There is a possibility that causes this to happen, it could be that it is not because of the difficult material, but rather its ineffective delivery.
Teachers who only teach with method A continuously and the students who are taught do not understand, then the victims are students. As a teacher, you must be aware and know if there is something wrong with the way he teaches. This can be known if the teacher knows several methods of teaching. If using method A fails, there are still methods B, C, etc. that can be tried. Those teaching methods are fully available on the internet if the teacher wants to look for them. If the teacher teaches in a monotonous, boring and elusive method. This will make students even more lazy to study. Therefore, teachers can look for other options in delivering material via the internet.
6. As a medium for discussion between teachers
Teachers certainly have groups in one subject, if as a teacher it is called MGMP or Subject Teacher Deliberation. With the internet, it provides benefits during these discussions. Discussions can be carried out without having to meet face to face . Through WhatsApp chats or other messaging applications, discussions can still be carried out.
7. Availability of multimedia facilities
KIta can find multimedia facilities on the internet that can be found and are very supportive of visualizing explanations to their students. By looking directly at the media in the form of images or videos, it is hoped that it can make it easier for students to understand the material even though the teacher can only explain the outline.
The existence of multimedia facilities on the internet is not only beneficial for teachers. Students will also find it easier to understand the material according to the form of visualization (images & videos). Students will find it easier to remember the material if it is given in the form of images / videos.
8. Make it easier to find subject matter
As is the case with pengar, students will also be facilitated to find reference material for subject matter on the internet. In addition to being easily accessible, on the internet it is usually also easier to understand in a shorter way. Moreover, access is free or not expensive is also a useful thing for students because it saves expenses. Students who have a strong desire to develop and advance, then their desire to learn and curiosity must also be high. With the internet, it will be easier for students to find reading materials to study.
9. Make it easier to learn foreign languages
As we all know, the internet is global. We will find various articles that use foreign languages. This will indirectly force students to also learn and understand the foreign language. Learners can also practice learning a foreign language through YouTube or foreign language learning provider services on the internet.
10. As a means of getting scholarship info.
With the internet, any information will be spread faster, including scholarship info. For students who are looking for scholarships, they can quickly get scholarship information through the internet and social media such as Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, and so on. In fact, another advantage is that the registration mechanism does not need to bother coming directly to register. We only need to fill in the data and requirements needed by the scholarship selection committee. Everything can be easily, with the internet and its benefits in the field of education.
In addition to those mentioned above, the internet in the field of education certainly has other benefits. Although it has many benefits, we cannot deny that there is a negative side to it. Let’s take advantage of the internet for positive things. Make the internet a basic necessity in positive things. Nowadays, the internet has become a secondary need, no longer a tertiary need. Almost everyone already has a smartphone to easily connect with the internet.
How Important is the Internet in Education?
After discussing the benefits, then how is the importance of the internet in the field of education? Today, the development of Internet technology in everyday life has an extraordinarily positive impact on various aspects of life, including in the world of education, although it does not deny it has its negative impact as well. An education system supported by good internet technology has produced distance learning methods that can be used by teachers and students in schools or universities. Especially during this pandemic, when we are all limited to interacting with each other directly because we are worried about the transmission of Covid-19.
Therefore, currently the internet has an important role as a means of supporting the development of the quality of education in Indonesia. Online meetings are available through Google Meet and Zoom Meeting as an alternative for us to be able to carry out teaching and learning activities during this pandemic. The main benefit that we get from the existence of the Internet in the field of education is as a means of finding and obtaining information. Moreover, the information available on the internet is more updated than books and other sources available in the library. We can say that almost all information about education can be accessed through the internet, such as subject matter, curriculum, syllabus, lesson questions, and how to work on it.
In addition, the internet also makes it easier for us to find literature references. We only need to type keywords according to needs, then we will immediately get information according to the keywords of the literature.
The use of internet technology that is being carried out today is a distance education system. Almost all universities or higher education enforce distance education. This allows students to carry out lectures without having to attend the university. We can also access learning modules remotely without worrying about wherever we are.