Technology in the Classroom

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Over the last several years I feel there has been a huge shift in the way people around the world are taught and the way people learn in the classroom on a day-to-day basis. In my opinion this is not a result of change to a single element involving teaching techniques, but more specifically a change in amount (increase) of technology used by teachers and students alike. Technology provides many major benefits to society, proven by its dramatic advancement over the last 30 years, but it also presents the question- If we are choosing to make our lives easier by using technology, which in essence is what it is made for, are we really learning/ comprehending as much as we once did? Technology is changing quickly and dramatically. Not only in the amount we use technology, but also in the way we use technology. In today’s day and age information is easily accessible due to increases in devices that connect you to information and even to others. We now have tablets that work as notepads, cell phones that work as computers and computers that work as telephones, all of which can or will have a place in the classrooms of tomorrow. For the first time in history we are now a finger click away from having a virtually limitless amount of information on topics a random as the Internet itself. As a result of this, students do not need read as much material or to the extent, that was once required. Reading was, is, and will always be a skill that people need to survive in modern society, but with the decrease in the amount of reading required for academic success due to research accessibility student reading comprehension must be affected. Students are no longer writing their notes by hand, which many people know to be an effective wa... ... middle of paper ... ... New Media Consortium. Parry, D. (2011). Mobile perspectives: On teaching mobile literacy. EDUCAUSE Review, 46(2), 14-18. Duncan, D. K., Hoekstra, A. R., & Wilcox, B. R. (December 01, 2012). Digital Devices, Distraction, and Student Performance: Does In-Class Cell Phone Use Reduce Learning?. Astronomy Education Review, 11, 1, 10108. Schubert, P. (2011). Grasping the realities of educating in the digital age. EDUCAUSE Review, 46(2), 8-9. National Survey of Student Engagement (NSSE). (2009, November 9). A wide range of colleges and universities show gains in effective educational prac- tices, survey finds. [Press release]. Retrieved from Skiba, D. J. (January 01, 2011). On the horizon mobile devices: are they a distraction or another learning tool?. Nursing Education Perspectives, 32, 3.)

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