Technology has become a major part of our society whether we like it or not. Technology can be found in our workplaces, homes, and even our pants pockets. We also see technology being used in the classroom, and that has caused a great debate. Since I am planning on being a teacher, I am going to address this argument and see what the world is buzzing about on this topic.
Benefits of using technology in the classroom:
More hands-on learning: Smart-boards, IPads, and tablets, allow students to really dive into their learning. These devices offer interactive activities that can serve as a creative additive for any teachers’ lesson. For example, my biology teacher had us use the smart board to participate in activities like labeling a strand of DNA.
Bank of resources: Teachers can have classroom pages, blogs, and grading systems all online. This makes it easier for the parents and students to keep track of progress and have access to information at any time.
The variety of assessments: The internet has tons of assessment tools that teachers can use to test students’ knowledge. Online quiz games like Kahoot! and Quizzizz engage students with fun pictures and music and help them learn at the same time. Grading is also a lot quicker on websites like these because results are generated automatically.
Kids use technology already: If you were to ask any kid today what a tablet was, they would most likely have an answer for you and be able to tell you different brands of tablets that are out there. Why not incorporate technology in the classroom was children love it, know how to use it, and it’s already a part of their everyday lives?
Cons of using technology in the classroom:
Distracting: If people are using their phones or computers to complete an assignment or activity, it is very easy for a student to jump on over to Facebook or Twitter without the teacher knowing. Texting and taking selfies can also be an issue.
Replacing teachers: Teachers can create quizzes online. Make videos of their lectures online. Grade papers online. I mean, is a teacher even needed after that? The teacher can teach a class without even stepping into a room. Will teachers eventually be replaced like factory workers were during the Industrial Revolution?
Students can become dependent: Let’s say a group of students is used to using only a computer for class (taking notes, doing class work). What it the power goes out? Will students know that they can use a pen and paper to take notes? Using an actual dictionary of going to the library? In some cases, we are depriving students of learning basic practices so much that they feel like they can not complete anything without technology.
Creates poor study habits: You can enter pretty much any question into search engines like Google and get an answer. Students are becoming lazy and turning to the internet for answers instead of reading their textbooks to find their answers.
Based on these points, I still have mixed feelings about using technology in the classroom. On one hand, I think it is hard not to incorporate it because it is a major part of our lives. I like the idea of using online assessment tools for quizzes or creating an online teacher page. I don’t agree with using phones. There are too many distractions on smartphones. I can see myself using smartboards too because of the ability to incorporate interactive activities. Overall, I don’t think it’s so bad, but I definitely think there should be limited usage.