Due to infrastructural constraints, every educational institute may not be able to employ computer teaching methods. Though computers are a good aid in education, they may not be able to completely replace the conventional textbook-based teaching. Let us consider different aspects of both sides.
There are some who don't find computers very comfortable to use. For them, assimilating information by referring to different books is more enjoyable and more satisfying.
Technology is the need of the day and it is ubiquitous. It has proved beneficial in all spheres of life. Computers have revolutionized common man's life and have brought a dramatic change in the life of every human being.
The Internet allows for access to all kinds of information; right from preliminary facts in science to the philosophy of life. Almost everything that the books carry is also accessible through a computer. Everything that textbooks have is already there on the web, and it is only a click away.
A lot of things are simpler to teach by means of computers. If the information is supplemented with an attractive interface, it can result in greater readership. The different font styles, colors, and sizes provided by computer software enable ease in reading and understanding. Content on a computer can be made livelier than in textbooks with the use of eye-catchy pictures, colors, and animations.
It is about providing them with a learning system wherein they can view pictures, watch videos, and listen to speeches or lectures. It is about making the process of teaching and learning, interesting and interactive.
For bringing out elaborate explanations on topics, books take up a lot of pages, thus contributing to a high amount of paper use.
Information can be stored in a condensed form on computer systems, thus saving paper and the environment. The high storage capacities of electronic devices can be harnessed for housing large amounts of information.
Computer teaching can inculcate the idea of self-study in students. It can help them become self-reliant. It introduces the students to a new world of knowledge. It makes way for new technology to be a part of their education.
Computers can be a brilliant aid to teaching. It is time we harness technology for education but textbooks can never go out of date. The treasure enclosed in textbooks is still of great utility. Computers can replace textbooks to a certain extent. But the human component has no substitute. In any form of teaching, teachers are irreplaceable.