Internet and televisions have recently become a great source for entertainment, reading, listening to music, or even relaxing. Apparently, learning can now be operated via these means of technology as well. Still, people believe that teachers better equip students with knowledge rather than those sources. I agree with this idea but believe that the educational benefits of the internet and television are undeniable.
Face-to-face instruction are imperative for one to penetrate deep into a field or subject, which is not feasible through the internet or television. Not all professionals with thorough understanding about their field would be willing to recreate educational content on the internet or produce it into TV series. Students, therefore, are still definitely in need of face-to-face learning and instruction from their teachers in order to fully grasp the concepts and technical skills. For example, we can easily observe that there are no professors self-made by the internet because becoming a professor requires profound understanding about complex subjects. And the internet cannot fulfill such a standard.
However, internet and technology products like television have undoubtedly made it easier for users to access to a wide range of information. Technology has fortified the concept of distant study and also self-study. We can easily tell names such as Youtube, Khan Academy or Duolingo as concrete proofs that studying from the internet is possible and very helpful. They offer a vast number of tutorial videos of all types of subjects from music, technology to language. People can easily learn how to play a piano piece from Youtube, learn computer programming on Khan Academy, or learn conversational foreign language at ease on Duolingo.
All in all, learning from the internet and TV is very helpful but to really dig deep down into a subject, a student would still need a teacher by his/her side.
Nguồn: DOL English