Introductory Concepts

In recent discussions of teachers and schools using technology in the classrooms, a controversial issue of whether or not it is more beneficial or more harmful to the students and their educational development. On the one hand, some argue that it is beneficial to incorporate technology within the educational system, but in moderation. From this perspective, people, such as blogger Kathy Cassidy, urges fellow teachers to utilize all the tools and technologies out there in order to grow their student’s minds. Cassidy supported that idea by stating that “technology should be for accessing what was inaccessible.” Teachers have had to rely on only what the schools have provided and the books in front of them in order to teach their students. With technology, it allows teachers to access new materials and tools to help make learning more fun, enjoyable, and effective. However, while technology is a great way to access so many materials, it is important to not solely rely on it. Pencils and books are just as important; when teachers are able to successfully incorporate both books and technology, it allows the students to grow in multiple ways. On the other hand, others argue that technology should not be in the classroom at all. According to this view, technology in classrooms have more negative effects than positive. An article I came across, “Technology in the classroom, don’t believe the hype” written by Tim Walker, goes into detail about how policymakers and tech gurus are wrong about technology being “the golden key to unlocking students motivation and engagement.” While technology can be beneficial it can also be limiting. Technology limits the students brain to imagine and explore ideas. Playing outside and doing science experiments by the creek behind the school, has been known to be a better way to engage students than a computer that tells you about that experience. In sum, the issue is whether to integrate technology more into the educational system or to put limits on it.

My own view is that teachers should utilize technology into the classroom without forgetting about traditional methods, such as books and hands on learning. From what I have learned and gathered from these two sources, is that technology is very important and it allows the students and teachers to access more opportunities. Although, I concede that technology can be damaging at some points, I still maintain that technology should be used in the classroom as another tool to teach and learn but not to be the only one available. For example, doing math on a computer program is valuable when paired with other tools such as counting chips and math problems on white boards. This allows the student to think using different parts of their brain to really understand the concept. Although some may object that teachers need to stick with traditional teaching methods to in sure that students don’t lower their proficiency in literacy and arithmetics, I would reply that technology provides more opportunities to learn. The issue is important because technology is already on a fast track to being a dominate tool in the classroom. While technology can be very beneficial it also can be very over powering. Our students need the best education they can get an technology is a great tool to reach new ideas and opportunities.

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