In conclusion, technology in the classroom can be argued to be both improving and hindering learning. I have experienced both sides of this argument in my school experience and feel as though it could be both helpful and hindering. Technology in classrooms can be a distraction and a tool for plagiarism and cheating. On the other side, it can also improve learning by increasing productivity and performance, lowering school costs, and prepare students for life after school. Technology is something that will always be in our lives and because of this; professors need to implement it into classes. However, schools must do this correctly or it can have devastating effects on students.
Computer Technology in the Classroom
Not many people would argue that computer technology is bad for the K-12 classroom. There is, however, a serious and thought-provoking debate going on regarding computer technology in the classroom. At issue is to what extent and at what age should computers be integrated in American classrooms. There is no question that a certain level of technology will bring improvements in academic achievement.
Technology in the classroom is an up and coming technique that has caused controversy among teachers, parents, and experts. Technology has become and could quite possibly forever be a part of every day life and educators now have the option of either fighting it or embracing it. “Technology is killing our work ethic” is a buzzing debate between educators of every grade level and studies around the world are taking place in hopes to “prove” which teaching method would result in benefiting the pupils. According to Hicks (2011), “In today’s educational system technology is inevitable. Technology ultimately boasts many benefits when used in the classroom and can enrich the learning experiences of students” (p. 188). Hicks stating that “technology is inevitable” is a quite bold yet true statement when it comes to the way of life today’s societies. He continues to say “Unlike other fads that have come and gone in the educational arena, technology is here to stay and it is probable that the use of technology in schools will dramatically increase over time” (Hicks, 2011, p. 188). It is true that education has come across various teaching “fads” that either changed teaching in a positive way or may have completely failed and were eliminated. Technology, which has been flourishing since even before the turn of the century, has clearly demonstrated that human life will never exist without it again and that is exactly why educators have the opportunity to enhance their teaching styles and expand the minds of their pupils. The use of technology in the classroom is rather beneficial in elementary classrooms due to the way children are growing up today, at college level courses when properly demonstrated for effective use, and in an overall inc...
Technology in the Classroom
Technology is becoming more and more dominant in our society. Everyday upgrades are being made and new innovations are being discovered. Technology is all around us whether we want it to be or not: it is the vehicles we drive, it can be found in our homes, and can even be found in the grocery store. Every place we look there is some type of technology. I believe technology has had a major impact on our school systems and is still impacting it today.
Do you ever think about how much technology has changed the way we work, learn, play, and even think? Technology is a major beneficiary to society; especially in the classroom where we get the opportunity to learn and grow. In recent years, schools have begun implementing tablets and other devices in the classroom to better student’s education. The use of technology in the classroom provides more of a personalized learning experience and gives students a widespread availability to engage in learning. Technology is necessary in today’s modern globe, it is basically “the pen and paper of our time and the lens through which we experience much of our world” (Warlick, 2013). Technology is not just considered the “internet”, it is so much greater than that. Overall, it enhances the quality of education and engages students deeper than ever before. With all the significant gains, why would people argue that technology hinders students more than it helps? Critics may try to repute the use of technology in the classroom but I believe what really matters “is the way we use it, the context that we use it in, and the learners who we use it for” (Chong, 2012).
Tablets can help improve the way students attain their studies. According to Cam Lincoln “Students who used the iPad version of the textbook scored 20 percent higher on standardized test versus students who learned with traditional textbook”(parag.2).This demonstrates that, students who used the iPad version of the textbook learned more effectively than the students who learned with traditional textbooks. The iPad clearly shows that it can help improved test scores. According to National Association for the Education of Young Children “for children with minimal exposure to technology or limited engli...
With the rapid growth of technology in America’s society today, the use of computers in school classrooms has increased tremendously—an action that certainly has become beneficial to students, educators, and parents. The use of computers has positively skyrocketed over the past ten years. Not only are computers utilized daily in large companies across the world, but the everyday use in classrooms has also become prevalent. Using modern technology to assist school instructors with his or her daily lessons should definitely be regarded as a positive, acceptable method of instruction and not definitely does not prohibit students from understanding or critical thinking.
The twenty-first century has arrived, and it has brought some of the most advanced computing technologies into the classroom; this leaves us with a very important question, do we really need technology, such as iPads or computers, implemented in our learning plans? As a student that has taken entire courses on iPads or computers, I can tell you that the former is not the case. There are plenty of reasons to teach about technological advances in each individual field of learning, but, more often than not, technology is unreliable and distracting for students. Not to mention that methods of maintenance rehearsal, like taking notes by hand, are more effective for recollection of information than staring into a screen. The bottom line is, using technology as a tool for education in the classroom is not necessary because it can inhibit the way students learn material.
Technology properly used in the classroom has many advantages to a student’s learning. Technology can help students become more involved in their own learning process, which is not seen in the traditional classroom. It allows them to master basic skills at their own rate rather than being left behind. Teachers and students alike can connect to real life situations by using technology in the classroom; this can also help to prepare students for real world situations. Technology can be used to motivate students as well as to offer more challenging opportunities. It can also be used as a visualization tool to keep students interested in the subject that is being taught. When technology is used effectively, students have the opportunity to develop skills that they may not get without the use of technology (Cleaver, 2011). Assessing and monitoring students is easier on the teacher because of the ability to use technology in the classroom. When technology is used correctly it offers limitless resources to a classroom atmosphere.
Technology in the Classroom
Over the years many new technologies have been key factors in the process of learning. Fifty years ago when someone would need to research a subject the only sources were books and classes, when someone needed to do a math problem they had their brain, paper or an abacus to use, and interpersonal communication was limited to how loud you could talk, how detailed a letter you could write, or how long you could afford to pay for long distance phone calls. Now we have the calculator, internet, and computer that help children, as well as adults, learn faster and easier. The assistance of these technologies has helped to further research beyond what many thought possible. Due to these recent advancements, time is less of a problem: humans have been able to accomplish more now than in the past in a shorter period of time.