Huda, Parveen “Impact of Information Technology on Education” http://alochona.org/magazine/2002/january/tech.htm. Link Accessed: 2004-04-28.

Keywords: Information technology, IT, human capital,

Abstract:

This article was published in Alochona Magazine, a publication dedicated to generating and promoting innovative ideas and actions that create dynamic improvements in Bangladesh.

The article focuses on how the Internet provides an important technology in which information can be harnessed on a global scale. Without a global information infrastructure knowledge can remain fragmented and isolated to specific regions of the world. Information Technology (IT) is the key to removing barriers that inhibit the flow of information. This article suggests that IT must grow out of business and human needs and should be the product of regional choice. While IT opens up new doors to innovation, challenges lay ahead. As in other parts of the world, one of the major concerns regarding technology deployment is that the gap between those that “have” and the “have-nots” will grow larger, suggesting those that have access to IT will grow and prosper, while those lacking such technology will fall further and further behind.

Schools have been reluctant to give up time honored curriculum in exchange for classes about IT, but in Denmark schools have already had IT programs for many years. For everyone to share equally in the prosperity that IT can afford, this article suggests a new approach to education is needed. For instance:

  • There must be a shift from simply imparting knowledge to someone, towards a system where new ideas must be developed and new skills must be learned.
  • Learning new skills must become a lifelong habit
  • IT literacy must be taught at an early age
  • Bringing global business into the classroom: Students will need to learn the skills and comprehension of an increasingly global market.
  • The emergence of information technologies has brought about a fear for some that technology would take over tasks normally performed by a human. While IT does streamline workforces and increase efficiency, the authors emphasize, human capital will always be the most valuable asset to any workforce.

    Contributed by Adam Collet – Accounting & Information Systems, Virginia Tech