“After a highly successful experience in the renowned Special Education program at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, you took a critical position with a school district seeking to accelerate technology and innovation throughout its classrooms. Midway through the year, a building principal has forwarded you an email from a concerned parent. The parent had just read an article on the Huffington Post titled “10 Reasons Why Handheld Devices Should Be Banned for Children Under the Age of 12″, and is now concerned about the expanded use of technology in the school district. The principal and superintendent would like you to provide a significant and meaningful response.”
“Teachers will not be replaced by technology but teachers who don’t use technology will be replaced by those who do.” Sheryl Nussbaum-Beach
This quote demonstrates the importance of technology. Numerous articles discuss the idea that today’s classrooms are filled with digital natives, and most teachers are digital immigrants. Technology is continuously changing and growing, making drastic impacts on all individuals’ lives. It is essential that future generations can live in the future: a world filled and enriched with technology. Technology will help teachers prepare our students to succeed in the real world as it becomes much more technology-dependent. Websites also argue how they foresee a future in which both higher education and the work world will be centered on technology. If technology is not included in schools, students may suffer and fall behind peers who are using technology in all aspects of their lives.
There are numerous ways the technology can be used. As this article demonstrates, technology may have some negatives. That is why is it up to teachers and parents to work together to make the positives of technology overcompensate the negatives. Having set rules for each student can prevent obesity, sleep deprivation, addictions, and more negatives discussed in the Huffington Post article. By setting a strict time limit of how much time your child has to use technology at home will help keep kids actively engaged in other things besides technology. For example, there are settings on tablets that allow parents to set an automatic time limit, in which the tablet turns off after a certain amount of time. Working as a team with your child’s teacher will have a positive impact on your child’s life. As demonstrated in this audio clip from people who experience technology in schools, the pros of incorporating technology outweigh the cons.
The following video lists and demonstrates 10 reasons why technology SHOULD be used in schools.
The ten reasons listed in the video are as followed:
1. Student love it.
2. It engages the four key components to learning.
3. Professional development.
4. Makes life easier for teachers.
5. Improves tests scores.
6.Helps students with low attention spans.
7. Learn from the experts.
8. Encourages completion of homework.
9. Saves money -investment.
10. Remove obstacles.
This list as well as many other reasons displays reasons why technology is essential. One valuable reason to use technology in classrooms is to help students learn at their own pace. Incorporating technology will help teachers create lessons that assist students who are learning at a much faster rate as well as students who may be struggling. By digging deeper into the subject or exploring related topics, more advanced students can further develop their understanding. While these students are continuing to advance in a given subject, students that are struggling can have more time to understand the material without pressuring them.
shows how integrating technology helps students express themselves and allows them to learn things in a different perspective. It also shows how students can collaborate with peers and teachers. Some of the main points from this video stated:
– The common core standards call for students to develop digital media and technology skills
– Integrating technology with face-to-face teacher time generally produces better academic outcomes than employing either technique alone.
– Improves student writing skills and engagement when 1:1 laptop programs are in place
– Improves student understanding of math concepts and attitudes towards math when they use virtual manipulatives
Next, in order for students to fully use technology in a successful and appropriate way, students must be digital citizens. This article lists The Nine Elements of Digital Citizenship. While teaching our students through technology in the classroom, we will also teach them to use it appropriately. One of the nine elements, electronic exchange of information, will be used our whole life and should be properly explained and taught. Communicating through technology has expanded tremendously over the years and is continuing to expand. If our students are not aware of how to use these tools, then they will be hindered when working with people who are more technology advanced. We have to make sure that our students are capable of using digital technology as it grows. These nine elements create a building block for how to educate our students on the issues and concerns their parents and guardians face as technology increases. Being a digital citizen and fully understanding these nine elements will ultimately teach students to use technology appropriately, so that many of the negatives that parents are worried about will be prevented.
At the end of the day, the debate of whether technology is “good” or “bad” in the classroom could be endlessly argued. Although various sources will list reasons not to incorporate technology in the classroom, the fact of the matter is, technology is EVERYWHERE. Without encompassing appropriate technology use in the classroom, students will fall behind. For every concern that educators or parents may have, there is a solution and benefit to using technology. When students, parents and teachers work together, technology in schools can lead a path for future generations to succeed