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Revolutionizing

Our World:
Modern Technology and Its
Role in Education
By: Ian Ohari
Essential Question
How does modern technology make a positive
difference in education?
Thesis
Modern technology improves education by
increasing the accessibility of education, expanding
research, and facilitates education through video
games
Overview
▪ Accessible Learning
▪ Expansion of Research
▪ Teaching Through Video Games
1st Point:
Modern technology has
improved accessibility of
education
Points
▪ Education is inaccessible for many
▪ Socioeconomic limitations
▪ Distance learning
Education is
Inaccessible for
Many
Statistics of Poor People
▪ 264 million children don’t have access to
education
▪ Many are from Africa, Asia, and Pacific Islands
Niger
▪ U.N. Education
Index rank
▪ 15% literacy rate
▪ Mean years of
schooling is 1.5
years
Socioeconomic
Limitations
Socioeconomic limitations
▪ Conflict
▪ Poverty
▪ Poor
infrastructure

“However, those who lack access to
digital technologies and the
knowledge, skills and competencies
required to navigate them, can end
up marginalized in increasingly
digitally driven societies.”
- Iqra Sarfaraz
Study
▪ Economic Study of Pakistan found the literacy
rate decreased from 60% to 58%
▪ The use of ‘literate’ is not accurate
Distance Learning
Benefits of Distance Learning
▪ Increase of literacy rates
▪ Expansion of accessibility to education
▪ Improvement of poor countries
Literacy Rates
What Enables
Distance
Learning?
The Technology Behind It
▪ The Internet
▪ Computers
The Problem
▪ Poor people can’t afford computers
▪ Poor people don’t have access to the Internet
Potential
▪ Advancements are making computers more
affordable
▪ Internet access is becoming more accessible
2nd Point:
Modern technology has
expanded the vastness of
research
Points
▪ Long distance collaboration
▪ More extensive research
▪ Vastness of research is improved
▪ Accessibility to research is improved
Limitations in The Past
▪ The lightbulb
▪ WWII Manhattan
Project
How Has
Technology
Improved
Research?
Collaboration
▪ Limitations in the past
▪ Famous inventions
▪ How technology improves research through
collaboration
Vastness
▪ Large amounts of data
▪ Implications for education
Extensiveness
▪ Research is more detailed
▪ More complex problems and solutions
▪ Building upon previous success
3rd Point:
Video games and VR can
improve education
Points
▪ Educational video games
▪ Educating misconceptions
▪ Future of education through video games
▪ Use of virtual reality in education

“The use of digital media has shaped
our lives and the way we live and
interact with others. Children are no
exclusion to this rule. Today’s children
of all ages are living in a highly media
influenced environment with access
to a variety of digital electronic
devices which are accessible both at
home and elsewhere including
school.”
- Ohoud Abdullatif Alshaiji
Educational Video
Games
Examples
▪ The Oregon Trail
▪ Mario Teaches Typing
▪ Assassin’s Creed
Origins
Their Success
▪ The Oregon Trail sold over 65 million copies
▪ Seen in many school computer labs
▪ Many millennials were educated
Misconceptions
From Video
Games

“For some students, the line between
reality and fantasy is blurred. At the
extremes, there are those who
believe that the depiction of concepts
in the game is a reflection of the real
world, and those who see the game
as pure fantasy with no relation to
science and the world at large.”
- Lara Sharp
Misconceptions
▪ Misconceptions from video
games
▪ The potential for education
Using Minecraft as a Tool
▪ Types of misconceptions
formed
▪ Correction of
misconceptions
▪ Potential for classroom
discussions
YouTube
▪ Educational YouTube
channels
▪ Focus on misconceptions
▪ Focus on real world viability
Using Virtual
Reality For
Education
What Are Some
Applications For
Virtual Reality?
Applications
▪ Medicine
▪ Engineering
▪ Research
▪ Sports
▪ Military
▪ Entertainment
Training Surgeons
▪ Surgeons can be trained using virtual reality
▪ Virtual reality creates total immersion
▪ Some surgeries are too complex
Virtual Classrooms
▪ Virtual learning spaces
▪ Expansion on distance learning
▪ Creates a better system for teachers
Summary
▪ Modern technology improves education
▪ Distance learning improves accessibility to
education
▪ Technology improves the vastness of research
▪ Virtual reality enables new opportunities
How Can I Do
Something?
Moving Forward
▪ Work with a school to educate about the
advantages technology can bring
▪ Create a piece of technology that can educate
people
Why I Chose This
Topic
Thanks For
Watching