This is a real fear but it’s not true because with the right programs and motivation of students tablets can be a great saver in many areas. Tablets are the future and schools need to join the jump before they are behind in the changing world. Schools administration needs to start integrating tablets into schools because of the easy access to knowledge, everything is on one device, and cost-efficient over time. Getting knowledge has change over the years with the evolving of technology and the need to know everything. If someone wanted to know about someone or something they would have to look it up in a book or ask around to see if anyone knew it.
Clemmitt writes that, “More schools have computers, but most are used for record-keeping, other administrative purposes.” (1011). Clemmitt, displays how things progress as time moves on by telling us that computers are moving their way into schools. Clemmit mentions that, “Schools sensibly start by giving the teacher a computer to serve as a grade book, communicate using websites and email and replace audio-visual aids. Helping teachers become comfortable with technology is an important first step toward helping them figure out how to use it productively for student learning, she says.” (1019). Before technology can take hold in an environment it first need to go through baby steps.
Additionally, iPad apps help students to work cooperatively and independently. Gasparini (2011) mentioned that “iPads have also worked great for independent tasks that students could practice (using a variety of Apps for creativity, 3D viewing, searching or simply working with curriculum)”(p. 49) with technology students will get the knowledge and skills faster and easier because technology tools have many diverse and appealing ways for students to learn. McClanahan et al., (2012) said “technologies have come to redefine literacy in school, work and home” (p. 20) and it makes learning seem easier for students. A large number of people in this generation are spending less time watching television and reading a paper books and more of their time on playing games, texting, using the computer and accessing the Internet. Those devices were essential to engaging students in their learning (Geist, 2011).
Contrary to popular belief, technology has and is helping with the improvement of education. Technology has had a huge impact on education systems, giving major educational benefits to elementary schools, high schools, and universities. As with all activities and technologies, there are positives and negatives. With the help of email, text messaging, electronic grading systems, electronic books, cell phones and many online resources at their fingertips, teachers and students are able to complete work and tasks easier and faster. It has also given parents direct access to their children’s grades, assignments and teachers’ notes through electronic media.
Every effort is being made in implementing technology in the classroom. The traditional way of teaching should be that of the pass. Technology has evolved in such a way that a new learning environment should be implemented or at least attempted to encourage students develop the necessary skills to be more confident in their learning environment. By creating a more active learning environment that students are allowed to collaborate with peers only enhances their critical thinking skills. “The participation required when children are grouped around a computer, as opposed to working in isolation at individual computers, can have a positiv... ... middle of paper ... ... that 10 states and territories had been awarded $11.8 million in grants under the Technology Literacy Challenge Fund, administered by the Department of Education (Clinton, 1997).
Children can have flexible schedules and customized lessons taught by highly qualified teachers. Reform in the educational world is being reviewed and challenged to help improve the entire teaching profession. This new opportunity available through the unconventional pathway of education is in the clouds, so to speak, known as virtual learning or online schooling. Schooling choices are expanding in the twenty first century and making a difference in the world of education. “An (Updated) Primer on Virtual Charter Schools: Mapping the Electronic Frontier,” by Gregg Vanourek and updated and extended upon by Evergreen Education Group, and “Laboratories of Reform; Virtual High School and Innovations in Public Education,” by Bill Tucker, are very similar articles that expand upon the benefits of virtual schooling or online learning.
The world is different than it was twenty or thirty years ago and schooling has barely changed. Modern schools goals need to prepare students for a world driven mainly by technology where innovation, creativity, autonomy, and individual and group research is learned and understood by students enough to where they can be effective and efficient in the outside world (O’Donovan 46-47). If the United States can connect technology to schooling to the point where it is used as an everyday tool and no longer have it thought of as a privilege, but rather as a necessity, it will catch the United States up to other countries currently leading in education. To have any notable progress in classrooms, technology, such as mobile devices, tablets, and laptops, should be allowed in any and all classrooms without punishment or restrictions as long as the device or devices are used for educational purposes only. This would include, but not be restricted to, note taking, PowerPoints, projects, internet research, diagrams, and models.