Pros and Cons of Technology in the Classroom

Interesting facts about technology from Orleans Marketing Group.

With technology advancing every day, it is not  surprise that technology is creating big changes in education. Incorporating technology in the classroom is now part of the curricula and many schools have gone from having a computer lab for the whole school to providing tablets to each student. As we mentioned before, there is a heated debate about technology in the classroom. Here are both sides of this discussion:

Technology in Education

Pros:

  • Makes learning fun – There are countless of resources for enhancing education that teachers can experiment with such as videos and online polls.
  • Ensures participation – Shy students that are not inclined to participate can feel more comfortable participating via technology. Students are also able to learn at their own pace.
  • Improves technological skills – Students get familiar with technology that is essential in life nowadays. It is a great way to prepare students to be part of the digital world.
  • Accommodates to all students – Including special needs students, technology provides different resources that fit every learning style.
  • Provides access to the latest information – The students do not need outdated books which cost the schools lots of money every couple of years.
  • Helps teachers be more efficient – Teachers can have instant feedback when giving students online quizzes and gets rid of monotonous tasks. It is also easier to manage students’ progress.

Cons:

  • Distracts students – Students use the technology for other purposes, such as social media and video games, instead of learning.
  • Facilitates cheating – Students can be tempted to “Google” an answer or access notes in online quizzes.
  • Sacrifice students’ social skills – Instead of communicating with each other, the classroom can limit interaction between peers.
  • Creates barriers  between students – This can cause a divide between students whose families cannot afford the technology and those who can.
  • Delivers inaccurate information – The internet hosts many unreliable sources that can be edited and modified by anyone.
  • Makes lesson planning difficult – Adapting technology can become overwhelming for teachers due to the numerous options available. Doing proper research on all products and software is also very important.

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Innovation in the Classroom

The U.S. Department of Education listed “redesigning academic content and instructional practices to promote active and hands-on learning, aligned with post-secondary and career-readiness” as a principle for Next Generation High Schools. This means that schools are in charge of the curriculum and setting the expectations for students’ knowledge and skills. A great way to bridge high schools to colleges and careers is by providing innovation in the classroom.

What is innovation in the classroom?
Innovation in the classroom, or innovative teaching, is the process of leading to creative learning. Unlike a traditional classroom, in which the teacher lectures and the students just soak up the information, innovation in the classroom calls for more involvement from the student. In this setting, the student’s role is the same or even more important that the teacher’s role. It encourages students to be fully engaged in learning and reaching their full potential. Innovation in the classroom can be students playing educational games on iPads (technology) or researching real issues (project-based learning).

How do you use project-based learning? 
Project-based learning (PBL) is an instructional method that encourages students to learn and apply knowledge and skills through solving “real world” challenges. PBL prepares students for challenges of the 21st century and helps students feel confident to take on any future situations. An example of PBL can be starting a student farm. This project will provide a hands-on way to learn science, social studies, math, and economics while teaching students fun, useful skills. The Buck Institute for Education provides training for teachers and other school leaders by helping them redesign their curriculum to include PBL. For more information, visit www.bie.org.

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