The education system today, mainly K-12, has many problems. Many schools are facing the same problem, should we use technology in schools? How will technology affect the students? Is it beneficial or harmful? I believe that technology should be allowed in schools because it not only enhances students learning experiences, but also gives them a chance to familiarize themselves with technology. In this post, I will go over the advantages and disadvantages of technology and what steps we could take to better implement technology in schools. Technology is rapidly evolving and it is important for schools to adopt the use of technology as it will not only benefit the students, but also the schools.
Over these past few years, schools have started to replace textbooks with tablets. In 2014, a third of the U.S. students had access to mobile devices for schoolwork. Tablets will provide students access to information they might not have when they are just given a textbook. Not only that, tablets are versatile, light, and easy to use which in turn makes students want to learn more. In this article, Sig Behrens, president of Blackboard Inc, talks about how the lack/limiting use of technology is harming students, “they are often forced to ‘power down’ when they enter the classroom. Instead of leveraging the mobile and social Web to fuel exploration and discovery, education is often still an analog, one-way activity: The instructor delivers information, students have to learn it.” Behrens is saying that students are not allowed technology in a classroom setting, thus limiting their learning experience because students use technology on a daily basis, and for it to be taken away as soon as they enter a classroom is wrong.
There are many more benefits when it comes to technology in schools. Such as making teaching for teachers easier, preparing students to venture on into the real world where it’s heavily reliant on technology, and most importantly making a more enjoyable environment for students. Some might argue that having technology, specifically mobile devices such as laptops and tablets, will distract students from learning. Students are in a controlled environment, the tablets and laptops given to them have set limitations; they can’t go on certain sites or download games. Another might argue that why should we even have technology in schools if it doesn’t improve student’s grades. Even if students are not improving, they are gaining a valuable resource that they otherwise would not have, which is experience in deal with technology. In this paper, Cher Ping Lim argue that just adding technology to schools isn’t going to make it better. You need to change the whole educational system if you want to see results.
Now that we are on the topic of changing the system, we can now go into what steps should be taken in order for technology to be effective. The main component for technology to be effective is that the teachers need to know how to use it. Lim argues, “the way technology is used by teachers and students will make a difference.” Showing that in order for technology to show its results, both teachers and students will need to be taught how to use it effectively. In the end, it’s not what we use that defines us, it is how we use it.
Behrens, Sig. “The Education-Technology Revolution Is Coming.” US NEWS. N.p., 1 Mar. 2013. Web. 21 Apr. 2016.
Lim, Cher Ping, Yong Zhao, Jo Tondeur, Ching Sing Chai, and Chin-Chung Tsai. “Bridging the Gap: Technology Trends and Use of Technology in Schools.” JSTOR. International Forum of Educational Technology & Society, n.d. Web. 21 Apr. 2016.
Nagel, David. “THE News Update.” One-Third of U.S. Students Use School-Issued Mobile Devices. Ed Tech Research, 08 Apr. 2014. Web. 21 Apr. 2016.