Technology in the Classroom

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Technology in the Classroom

Almost every single occupation in today’s working world is impacted by technology in one form or another. As I have grown as a person and a student, I have noticed the obvious impacts and changes technology is taking on in education. These changes and impacts are both positive and negative to the children, young adults, and adults who are pursuing technological opportunities. In The Art of Fiction, John Gardner said, “The business of education is to give the student useful information and life-enhancing experience, one largely measurable, the other not…”

One of the main reasons technologies are becoming so popular in today’s education is because it is introduced to children at any earlier age than every before. “Ninety-nine percent of all elementary and secondary schools in the United States have installed computers.”[1] Students are encouraged to research by using the internet for book reports, making banners or signs for science fairs, and typing their paper for an essay. I believe it is important for students to be introduced to this at an early age. I also believe that they get a well grounded understanding of the “important” reasons to use a computer. So many children get caught up in games, email, chat, and music because they may spend too much time on a computer. These things are okay to an extent, but they should really learn from an early age the true importance of technology in education.

Technology is a major focus when discussing the ways to improve schools in the future. Because students are now becoming extremely educated when it comes to technology, school districts are now making it mandatory for teachers to be knowledgeable when it comes to technology, no mat...

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...d not just be exposed to computers and the internet without some simple base knowledge. They need to understand the dangers that chat rooms, email, and “free” sites can have. Along with students, teachers and professors should be aware of what their students are accomplishing while using these various forms of technology. Not only will technology in the classrooms benefit their users in the present, but it will aide them when finding a job in the future. Technology is such and important part in education and it is only getting stronger.

[1] Computer Confluence George Beekman Pg.419

[2] A Vision for Technology in Education

[3] Will Technology Really Change Education? Authors: Todd W. Kent and Robert F. McNergney 1998


[5] Computer Confluence Author: George Beekman Page 426