Embracing Technology in Schools

   Embracing Technology in Schools

International economies have been globalized by the global information technology revolution, this has virtually seen communication being costless and instantaneous and has transformed how people live their lives in countless ways by putting information storehouses within the reach of almost everyone globally. The American education as well is destined to be transformed by technology. The change driver is simple enough: the learning process greatly benefits from the technology process and, due to a enhanced nature of the learning process, productivity is promised to be changed. Schedules and methods of teaching the curricula can all be customized to meet the individual student’s current life situations and their preferred styles of learning. Everyone can have access to the most advance and even remedial coursework at any time. There are more interactions between students and teachers; and even parents can integrate easily into the course work and learning process.

However, even with all these advantages concerning the advance in technology, there are several education groups that see it as a threat to the profession and in this manner resist it in the political sense. This is because the very core elements of schooling are threatened by technology; it disrupts the specifications of the job, people’s livelihood and existence that is derived from the current resources and routines are threatened. It is in this respect that this article will highlight the advantages and disadvantages of the above subject and will try to strike a balance on the debate. Embracing technology in schools helps prepare students for the world and the workforce that they face once they exit school and also helps in teaching and promoting better understanding of topics. Despite this, technology could be harmful since the education process is directly affected by replacing and sometimes transforming the teacher’s role by altering the means of instruction.

Argument

Embracing technology in schools helps prepare the students for the world and the workforce that they face once they exit school. In this respect, it dictates that they get equipped with both collaborative and independent ability of earning. In addition, it means abandoning the comfort zone of the traditional models of teaching for more project-based means of learning and real world context example through online and face-to-face interactions. It means teaching them how to integrate the existing technology, so that it can be relevant to their future careers.

Since it is evident that whether the technology aspect of learning is embraced or ignored, current students will be digitalized anyway, as seen by the way a majority of them are recorded to spend most of their time on social sites like Facebook, as well as viewing instagram and snapchat of other people. Since the job description of teachers dictates that students have to be guided into being morally upright and responsible citizens, students can adequately be taught to be digitally upright citizens through embracing the incorporation of electronic devices in the classrooms. A sense of online community is developed, while addressing cyber-bulling is achieved concurrently; they can be made to understand the effects and impact of using harmful words online.

The students’ ability to think critically is increased as their knowledge on differentiating reliable and unreliable sites is increased. By educating the students on the dangers of quickly trusting people they meet online, they are taught how to be safe as they send information or chat online. Embracing these measures in classrooms, students can learn the most responsible and best way to apply the knowledge and safety measures in their daily lives.

Another aspect is that in schools technology can help in teaching. It can be viewed as an advantage to understand that even though teachers are familiar with the common educational apps, content and tools on the internet like camera phones, e-mail, and Facebook, technology is rapidly advancing. With this in mind, students have apps that help them understand topics by using examples that are supported by technology like animations. If used in English classes, technology would help in literature, for instance, with interpretation without ignoring or spoiling the challenging, yet amazing aspects of the language. This is because platforms such as the internet allow students to read and research more on topics. Through the use of such practical tools, teachers can instantly evaluate and access the students progress and learning, students can easily create quick presentations.

It also enhances a more personal teaching experience of learning for a student since everyone has their own representation of technology. Creativity and encouraging of innovativeness are facilitated since the students’ brain is forced to work at its fullest potential with the evident challenges that are characterized by the advanced technology. In this way, it is easier for students to diversify as in they can multitask even in their professions and studies. Another example of the creativity aspect for students can be seen with the creation of platforms like Facebook, Amazon, Google, Apple by students who have effectively managed to fund their own individual projects. Improvement of communication is also another important aspect that the students stand to benefit from; thus, they can be able to gain first-hand experience of different aspects of their learning.

They can use Skype to talk with students from other parts of the globe and this way gain better knowledge of different cultures, technology, and people. This would be an advantage to both teachers and students. The students’ productivity and efficiency are also affected by embracing of technology in schools since with the help of the technological tools traditionally difficult aspects of learning can be simplified, for example, through online tools they can learn how to write reports, proposals, and so on, which would be effective even when they leave learning institutions. It also helps with the efficiency of their delivery, mainly through e-mails, and it bridges a gap with the traditional face-to-face learning. It also offers convenience in learning for students if they can implement the use of modern technologies like using the iPads to facilitate classroom visual lessons for a better learning experience, and through this they can learn from anywhere and without tuition, which makes it more enjoyable for them.

Counterargument

With the high-quality information the education process embracing technology will be more harmful since the education process is directly affected by replacing and sometimes transforming the teacher’s role by altering the means of instruction. In future, schools will be mostly hybrid, with students being partly taught in classroom settings and mostly learning remotely and directly through online platforms. It is evident in this respect that younger students will not be more engaged, thus requiring more attention. However, as they gain more skills or grow up to independently work alone, their time with teachers will decrease while they get more time with the technology. In terms of this aspect, it is evident that parts of different learning segments will change due to the technology process.

The first sources of instructions will always be teachers who help students master core skills and concepts of learning and then customized remediation of learning that the technology offers to students, not being able to accelerate or grasp the core components of the learning process, which is not only impractical, but will not be efficient for the students who need specialized attention. The modes of teaching that technology in schools proposes is a troubling issue mainly in programs that are supposed to offer teaching literature skills and other relevant skills, as well as decoding essentials of subjects. This issue in terms of modes and depth of content is always not sufficient or in some cases is seen to be harder to grasp by students as compared to conventional means of teaching that require a one-on-one interaction of students and teachers.

As explained above, this concept of trying to advance the already existing teaching programs is able to effectively handle teaching certain subjects like math mainly from a basic to a more advanced level. This will dictate or require a programmer to be more direct in that he/she will have to compromise on some of the technicalities to make it easily applicable and easier to understand. According to the current level of studies, students will not be more attached to the concept or program since it will not offer them any form of entertainment or anything that holds their interest and, thus, it will be a waste, especially to those who need special attention with their studies. There is also increased loneliness and withdrawal syndromes exhibited by most students as the more they get involved with the technology, they get more socially isolated.

They spend most time online and they get derailed from their studies and get addicted to other vices in the process. The fact that they have friends online affects their real social life as it replaces their real lives. Students also get to exhibit more of a robotic way of thinking since they lessen their chances of getting employment or job creation in future with no divergence in thinking as exhibited in the traditional forms of learning. They are more used to being handed down information and they are not go-getters by nature. This is one of the main reasons why most employers tend to hire foreigners for most jobs as compared to the locals they tend to be thinkers who are more critical and spontaneous in their thinking, which is a characteristic that current American students lack.

Students’ competence is also affected by their dependence on technology to solve even the most basic functions. Hence, technology has affected their creativity; an effective example is the fact that when they cannot think for themselves to solve any issue, they resort to Google for answers or use calculators to do the most basic calculations. This is an evident fact that they have stopped using their brains and have left all the thinking to the electronic devices. Technology being embraced in schools also tends to affect the moral standings of students since it is easy for students to not only get attacked with all the immoral content that is readily available on the internet, but also to get addicted to the immoral content to some extent.

As seen by the above arguments, schools incorporating technology have both negative and positive aspects. Being so close to technology gives students access to endless information at their fingertips. The extent of each individual’s education with such limitless resources can exponentially increase. With such an understanding, virtually all the limits to what students can be taught are removed. On the one hand, they can see and explore things that initially most people have not even heard about or thought of ever seeing. On the other hand, technology brings severe effects and can hurt student’s skills of critical thinking. They no longer try to figure out or handle problems they should by themselves. An example of this is through the incorporation of a calculator as they no longer can handle manual algebra without the use of computers or calculators for assistance.

This makes it clear that they have not only become addicts, but lazy in their quest for trying to be more digitally acceptable citizens. However, the proposed argument that the technology is meant to make the human life simpler is also another aspect that makes this debate more difficult since it is possible to argue from both sides. Therefore, answer to the question how one can embrace technology in schools is unknown, but personally I think that whether embracing of technology would be good or bad for students mainly depends on how it is implemented.

 

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