Let's Let Technology Take Over The Classroom

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Submitted: January 20, 2017

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Literacy Learning in a Multimedia World

 

Technology Is The Future-Let’s Let Technology Take Over The Classroom

In a world where everything is available at the click of a button, would it be wise to suggest that even more technology should be introduced and encouraged in the classroom? Many would exclaim that this encourages youth to be lazy and we should make use of the good old fashioned books.  But what we need to think about is the benefits verses the disadvantages. Are there any disadvantages? Not really and this is exactly what more people need to understand. There are many different opinions from individuals when it comes to technology. Some say technology has helped the youth of today with their education, whilst others say technology Is not the way forward. Technology has definitely helped us as individuals, we are able to read books on a device on the go, type up notes onto a laptop, present presentations on power point and let’s not forget the internet. Technology has also made it a lot easier for children with special learning needs, from technology that helps you read or specially device pens which record a teacher speaking to help children with dyslexia. Tablets can help an individual explore their interest on a personalized level and improve both the teacher experience as well as the learning experience( Nancy Frey, Doug Fisher, Alex Golzalez, 1959). Nancy and her team of authors investigate how using tablets can encourage different strategies which encourage independent learning and assessment. A whole book I written on this topic which will guide you through exactly how to make the most of your tablet. It may sound surprising but yes there are books out there to help individuals learn how to make the most of their devices. The book goes by the name Teaching with Tablets: How Do I Integrate Tablets With Effective Instruction and is a very good read for anyone who is interested to learn more. There have been various studies conducted which show that teachers are not making the most out of technology. What this means is that technology is simply being used for limited tasks as opposed to making the most of it in the classroom.  (Albion and Ertmer, 2002; Ertmer, 2005; Lawless and Pellegrino, 2007; McCannon and Crews, 2000; Becker, 2000; Hayes, 2007).  It has also been said that teachers are simply sticking to using technology for simple basic administrative tasks such as registers/ logging in absences etc (McCannon & Crews, 2000).

 

Technology has helped individuals to better organise their workload everywhere. Though this article is focusing on the classrooms only, technology has helped businesses, workplaces, charities and many other organisations also. So why not make use something that has so many advantages? Why does there need to be a limit? It’s an actual shame that technology is seen as a bad thing by some. Words such as lazy fit the stereotypical view when it comes to technology many times. But we really need to ask ourselves, if technology is misused by individuals, does that make technology itself bad? It is the individual’s responsibility to make use of technology in a positive light. If someone spends all day playing computer games, technology can not be blamed. Yes, as humans it is important for us to make sure that students do also do things by hand, however technology does not have to take away from that. Stephanie Norman who is a writer on the benefits of technology and has done extensive research regarding this topic also backs up claims that technology can make learning a whole lot of fun. Stephanie discusses on the e learning website how technology makes teaching easy as well as helping teachers to progress and track a student’s learning via a progress tracker. Stephanie also discusses issues which may not even come to our mind at first thought. Technology also is good for the environment. Does anyone actually think of the amount of trees that can be saved by using technology? Using laptops and Tablets means less paper and this is surely environmentally friendly as well as cost effective. Other points Stephanie brings to light is how easy distant learning can be as you are able to learn through your computer as well as making it fun and enjoyable at the same time!

 

Technology can help us immensely. Does anyone think about the amount of subjects a child studies during GCSE’s? Maths, Science, Art, Languages, History, English literature, English Language and many more. Teachers in high schools should encourage pupils to bring in their own mini laptop/ tablet to type up notes. Technology can easily help a student with his or her workload.  It’s rather odd how students will take a laptop to university to type up notes, but pupils in high school are encouraged to write up every single word the teacher is saying by hand. GCSE’S can be argued to be one of the most important exams one takes, as they determine whether you can progress in the education sector or end up in a fast food joint. We as adults should have a responsibility to make things easier for students at that stressful time as opposed to making things harder.  Instead of having various opportunities to re-sit exams are a waste of government funding as well as time. Let’s make that time of their education the easiest, as that’s when the most support and help is needed.

 

So what exactly should we do might be the question of many of you.  More lessons where you have access to computers and can research and investigate a topic should be introduced. Having ICT available in a classroom should not be a luxury. Students in high school should be encouraged to bring their own laptops/tablets to type up notes in the classroom. Homework should be given to students and asked to be completed in different formats ranging from power point presentations to animated slides. Technology can be fun especially with the amount of different learning apps (applications) that are available. We should also not forget how technology can make it a lot easier for children with special needs as there are different programmes which help with phonics. Encouraging the use of technology in high schools will also help students to prepare for university as they will have experience with using different forms of technology.

 

 

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Educational App Store. 2016. Best Educational Apps. [ONLINE] Available at: http://www.educationalappstore.com/. [Accessed 17 January 2017].

 

Janelle Cox. 2016. Benefits of technology . [ONLINE] Available at: http://www.teachhub.com/benefits-technology-classroom. [Accessed 30 December 2016].

 

Phonic Games. 2017. Free online phonics games. [ONLINE] Available at: https://www.education.com/games/phonological-awareness/. [Accessed 1 January 2017]

 

Stephanie Norman. 2016. 7 benefits of technology integration in the education sphere. [ONLINE] Available at: https://elearningindustry.com/benefits-technology-integration-education-sphere. [Accessed 11 December 2016].

Smart Classrooms. (2015). Collaborative Classroom technology.Naturally Smart. [Online Video]. 17 June 2015. Available from: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SK8InwlWkYg. [Accessed: 11 January 2017].

 


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