Effects of Technology on Education
Technology is used in classrooms today and has both positive and negative effects on both students and teachers. I want to show in my paper how technology is not a substitute for a good teacher. Technology must be well implanted by a good teacher to be successful. Computers do not give successful teaching. I start out by discussing the positive effects on teachers and students, in my paper. I then debate the use of technology and its effects on traditional teaching methods. Lastly, I concluded with negative impacts technology has on the teachers and the students. By doing this, I will show while technology is important it is only a tool to educating students. It is not the solution to educating students.
Today technology is commonly used in classrooms. Teachers use technology such as: computers, smart boards, calculators, virtual field trips, e-books, and online learning to reach all of their students. Many students rely on technology to learn new information, but then become too dependent on that technology. The traditional methods of teaching are now integrated with technology, making some traditional methods obsolete. Traditional methods such as direct instruction, focusing on learning styles, and using teaching strategies still need to be used in the classroom. These methods help students create a foundation for life-long learning. Technology cannot replace teachers and good teaching strategies. Without a strong educational foundation, students will fall behind not only in school but in life also. Technology is a tool in developing the future of our students, but it must be implemented and balanced by a good teacher. There are many benefits of technology in schools for teachers. Technology also helps teachers easily keep track of grades and have access to lesson plans that are made easier by computers (Jamil & Shah, 2011). Technology also helps teachers collaborate with colleagues and easily and quickly through school networks and e-mail (Chapman & Mahlck, 2004). Teachers and administrators reported benefits of technology use for all types of students, from high achievers to students with behavioral and emotional issues (Nagel, David, 2010). Technology is beneficial in many ways to teachers and also helps students. Technology can assist students in the classroom. Technology is highly motivating for students and keeps their interest (Jamil et al., 2011). Using a computer or a smart board makes the lessons more interactive for students and holds their interest longer. These techniques make lessons more student centered. According to Chapman et al., (2004) technology in the classroom allows students more access to large amount of information by using the internet (Chapman et al., 2004). Technology has many uses in the classroom for students. Students can learn about faraway places by using virtual field trips. Teachers can use technology to motivate and encourage their students to learn. Teachers and students alike can use technology as a form of communication (Chapman et al., 2011). There are many benefits to using technology in the classroom for students. Although technology has benefits for teachers and students it does negatively affect traditional teaching methods. Traditional methods such as writing, phonics, note taking, and learning basic math skill are necessary. “When we use technology excessively we become dependent to that (technology)” (Jamil et al., 2011, p. 43). Students that receive notes that their teacher provides for them or rely on teacher created handouts lose their ability to take notes or think critically Jamil et al. (2011) states that students do not get these necessary skills when technology is used in excessively in their environment and is not combined with good teaching strategies. Students need direct instruction from their teachers and a variety of strategies at their disposal....