Technology and the Positive Affect in the Classroom

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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...

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I plan to use this in my argument about the success of technological tools in student scores and participation as well as importance in elementary classrooms.
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This study took place in Kuwait in PK-12 classrooms with a control group and experimental group of students. The control group had a traditional classroom setting and the experimental group had a blended learning environment with technology for projects, assignments, and tests. At the end of a year, the blended course outscored the control group in participation and actual grades. The numbers did not lie.
I plan to use this in my argument about the success of technological tools in student scores and participation.
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