Technology in the Classroom: Helpful or Harmful?

Kids are highly inclined towards technology these days. Don’t accept it? Here’s a check you can perform.

If your child heads straight towards play station or Twitter after coming back from school, you know exactly what we are talking about.

With multiple sources of information flowing towards them, kids find it way easier to succeed in school.

However, as classrooms are going smarter with changing technology, test scores still remain the same which brings its effectiveness into jeopardy.

Implement Technology in Teaching: The Challenges

It again requires an expertise to incorporate technology into the classroom. We must first decide whether or not the new technology supports the class objectives and related curriculum and then move forward with its implementation.

For instance, a lecture may be restructured into a group activity and the students may be directed for online research in order to boost their level of understanding. With this approach, the students become so well informed of the area of research that they might put up questions in class which no one can answer; sometimes not even the teacher themselves. It is because of this reason that many of the teachers and schools try to avoid the use of computers in classroom. As such, their Smartboards and iPads stay locked in closet and they cannot really use this piece of technology in their curriculum plan.

Personalized Learning

Despite the challenges, embedding technology into education structure has proven benefits, especially for personalized learning. There are math games that adjust the difficulty level according to a player intellect, electronic books that talk and respond with a tap of finger and many other products that work to personalize the learning experience. They have a significant effect on the understanding of students and can benefit them in many ways.

An interactive game is more fruitful and engaging than a not-so-lively book. So, technology tends to promote more practice and review, especially in areas requiring memorization, like spelling, maths and geography. This frees up a lot of time in the classroom that can be utilized to work on other skills like problem solving, critical thinking and character development.

Looking Ahead

Sure, technology is changing the experience of education, but this changing role demands increasing participation from teachers and parents as well. They should accept their roles as experts and guides for these new learning resources and should remain constant in this changing classroom environment.