Digital Information Technology: Demolishing Socioeconomic and Geographic Barriers to 21st Century Learning

By blurring Geographic and Socioeconomic lines that have always separated the elite from the poor, digital information technology is the catalyst in a learning revolution.

As we have entered the 21st century, learners have access to unprecedented resources to aid them in their quest for knowledge. Digital information technology and access to worldwide internet has allowed people from all over the planet from a variety of socioeconomic backgrounds to achieve success in school.

Perhaps the most prominent area that has been influenced by 21st century technology is Southeast Asia. The following article by Dr. Lee Kwok Cheong outlines this phenomenon:

Democratised learning holds the key to 21st century education in Asia

The traditional paradigm of teacher-centered classrooms is also being demolished by the emergent style of learner-centered instruction. This is being aided by the access to the internet, which provides the 21st century learner with a personalized education plan.

With the 21st Century teacher serving as a facilitator of learning as opposed to the dictatorial approach that has been in vogue for the last few thousand years, the 21st century learner is allowed to flourish.

Peer-to-peer learning is also coming into fruition, with students learning from other students, teachers learning from teachers, and students reciprocating their own knowledge with teachers. No longer is the teacher the only source of knowledge, but students are expected to contribute and share their findings as part of a collaborative learning community.

Overall, this shift is allowing for the democratization of learning. Perhaps this learning revolution can and will begin to influence geopolitical philosophy and ultimately, action.