Timesofummah.com – The internet in today’s digital era is very important role in everyday life. Starting from the Z generation, the millennial generation, to the X generation, they have used and utilized internet facilities. The internet is mostly used as a medium to do and connect various human activities and jobs effectively, accurately, economically, and efficiently.
Today, we recognize primary needs, secondary needs, and secondary needs in economics. We already know which needs are primary, secondary, and which are tertiary. 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 no one could use and enjoy.
Along with the development of the times and increasingly rapid technology, the need for the internet is more evenly distributed for everyone and in various fields of human life. Internet is useful and increasingly felt by the general public. This article reviews what the internet is about? How is the development of the internet? What are the benefits of the internet in education? How important is the internet in education?
What is the Internet?
The internet is a communication network that can connect various available electronic media. History records, the internet was first discovered 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 states that the internet is a communication network that functions to connect one electronic media to other electronic media quickly and precisely.
Onno W. Purbo (2005), an expert in the IT field, stated that the internet is a medium used to make the communication process efficient using applications such as websites, electronic mail or email, and voip (long-distance communication technology with the internet).
Meanwhile, O’Brien gave an understanding of the internet, according to him the internet is a computer network that is growing very rapidly. The internet is useful and has a positive impact in the fields of education, business/economy, government, and other fields.
How the Development of the Internet?
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 obtain various information related to curriculum, modules, articles, journals, supporting references, general knowledge, and so on quickly and practically. This allows each individual to find various things through a search engine that is available and is 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 throughout the world. So what are the benefits of the internet in education?
Benefits of the Internet in Education
The use of the internet in the field of education is very useful for teachers. The benefits of the internet in general can improve the quality and support teachers in teaching and learning activities. Besides being useful for teachers, the internet is also beneficial for students. The existence of the internet is useful for students to search/learn anytime and anywhere.
Let’s look at the 10 benefits of the internet in the field of education for the following teachers and students.
1. Information related to educational institutions is increasingly accessible
In the past, educational institutions still carried out promotions in conventional ways in the form of: brochures, banners, and so on to introduce educational institutions to the general public. Almost all educational institutions choose the method by providing booklets or brochures in promoting schools/universities.
By using conventional methods, the dissemination of information on educational institutions is less accessible to the general public. The presence of the internet has changed the conventional way to be more efficient, fast, and cost-effective, one of which is the creation of a website. The existence of a website for educational institutions 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 and can be accessed by the general public.
2. Save time and cost in recruiting new employees
Nowadays, there is no need to advertise job vacancies in print media. It is enough to provide information on the official website or social media of the relevant educational institution, it will make it easier for everyone to access the information. Besides being more efficient and having wider access, it also saves more costs because you don’t have to pay for advertising services. Even job seekers can easily find the desired vacancies with only internet access.
3. Provide convenience in attracting prospective students/students
The existence of a web of educational institutions will certainly bring its own charm to those who see it. To make it more interesting to look at, the content on the web must be well-designed and beautiful so that it looks more attractive and easy to read and understand by the accessor, in this case, prospective students/students.
4. As a reference for making 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 finding reference materials that are more complete, up-to-date, and easily accessible.
To be able to teach well and transfer knowledge effectively, teachers must master the knowledge of the material to be delivered. Teachers can use the internet to find whatever references are needed about the material to be taught. If the teacher has enough material, then students will get good and useful material too.
In addition to saving costs because we don’t need to buy printed references, we can also save more time because only one search will show up many references we want and need.
5. Learning methods will be more interesting!
As a teacher (teacher/lecturer), sometimes you face obstacles in providing understanding to your students. There is a possibility that caused this to happen, maybe not because the material is difficult, but because the delivery is less effective.
Teachers who only teach with method A continuously and students who are taught do not understand, then the students who become victims are. As a teacher, you must be aware and know if there is something wrong with the way you teach. It 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. The teaching methods are fully available on the internet if the teacher wants to look for it.
If the teacher teaches with a method that is monotonous, boring, and difficult to understand. This will make students more lazy to study. Therefore, teachers can look for other options in delivering material via the internet.
6. As a medium of discussion between teachers
The teacher of course has a group in one subject, if as a teacher it is called MGMP or Subject Teacher Consultation. With the internet, providing benefits during the discussion. Discussions can be held without having to meet face to face. Through WhatsApp group chats or other messaging applications, discussions can still be carried out.
7. Availability of multimedia facilities
We can find multimedia facilities on the internet that can be found and are very supportive to visualize explanations to their students. By looking directly at the media in the form of images or videos, it is hoped that it will 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 useful for teachers. Students will also find it easier to understand the material according to the form of visualization (images & videos). Students will be easier to remember the material if it is given in the form of pictures/videos.
8. Make it easier to find subject matter
As is the case with writers, it will be easier for students to find reference material for subject matter on the internet. Besides being easy to access, on the internet it is usually also easier to understand in a shorter way.
Moreover, access is free or not expensive, which is also beneficial for students because it saves money. Students who have a strong desire to develop and progress, the desire to learn and curiosity must also be high. With the internet, students will find it easier to find reading material to study.
9. Make it easy 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 participate in learning and understanding the foreign language.
Students can also practice learning a foreign language through YouTube or foreign language learning service providers on the internet.
10. As a means of obtaining scholarship information.
With the internet, any information will spread faster, including scholarship info. For students who are looking for scholarships, they can quickly get scholarship information via the internet and social media such as Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, and so on.
In fact, another advantage is that the registration mechanism does not have 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.
Apart from those mentioned above, the internet in the field of education certainly has other benefits. Although it has many benefits, we cannot deny that there are negative sides to it. Let’s use the internet for positive things. Make the internet a staple in positive things.
Currently the internet has become a secondary need, no longer a tertiary need. Almost everyone already has a smartphone so that it is easy to connect to each other with the internet.
How Important is the Internet in Education?
After discussing the benefits, then how important is the internet in education? Currently, the development of Internet technology in everyday life has a very positive impact on various aspects of life, including in the world of education, although it does not deny that it has a negative impact as well.
The education system supported by good internet technology has resulted in distance learning methods that can be used by teachers and students at schools or universities. Especially during this pandemic, when we are all limited to interacting with each other directly for fear of contagion 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. Available online meetings through Google Meet and Zoom Meetings are our alternatives to be able to carry out teaching and learning activities during this pandemic.
The main benefit that we get from 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 up-to-date than books and other sources available in the library. We can say that almost all information about education can be accessed via the internet, such as subject matter, curriculum, syllabus, lesson questions, and how to do it.
In addition, the internet also makes it easier for us to find literature references. We only need to type in keywords according to our needs, then we will immediately get information according to the literature keywords.
The current use of internet technology is a distance education system. Almost all universities or higher education institutes distance education. This allows students to carry out lectures without having to attend the university. We can also access learning modules remotely without worrying wherever we are.