How Technology Changed Education

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How Technology Has Changed Education

Today’s education differs much from the education fifty years ago. One of the reasons they are so different is because of technology. In the past fifty years the world of technology has grown tremendously, affecting everything, including education. A few things that have been brought into the world of education are computers, video and digital equipment such as DVDs, digital cameras and recording devices. The technology also includes information presentation technologies which includes the Smart Board, and different interactive whiteboards. There are many more that schools did not have fifty years ago.

Technology has been proven to help students achieve in reading, writing, and arithmetic. Each year teachers are instructed and challenged to meet AYP's (Adequate Yearly Progress) under the No Child left Behind Act of 2001. Technology gives educators one more tool to help them reach those goals. Students become engaged and can often times enable parent involvement at home.

By the year 1989 nearly every school had computers in classrooms, affecting the education system very much because children of all ages had access to the internet thus expanding their knowledge. ("Answers.com") Computers have made an impact on achievements made across school systems. Schools commonly have media centers in the library where they can check out books and get on the computer. It is proven that students who use the internet have better researching skills, can communicate with a larger variety of people, and become overall better thinkers. With computers teachers can monitor a student’s progress or give them more individual help they need. It also provides the teacher with an extra instructor in the classroom. In the past, students learned to read using something called a primer, but now students have access to electronic books. It has a pen that when it touches a word, it sounds it out for the reader. When learning geography, students were limited to globes and paper maps. Now with the help of the internet they can find real time shots of countries far away using Google Maps, or Google Earth. Computers mainly were used in classrooms to teach students by drilling them on the information learned in class. Today, this still exists in classrooms, where a computer is used to quiz students on knowledge. The Internet appeared on the computer scene in the 1990’s, which opened up many different opportunities for computer use in schools. Not only could schools use the technology within the school, they could now network with other schools. The “classroom” as we know it today goes beyond the walls of the classroom to include all that is available on the Internet. Some fifty-odd years ago, students didn’t have the access this generation has, especially with the internet. Students who use technology for communication with a “real” audience are more capable of talking to adults because they are used to it. Technology encourages cooperative learning, and new roles for learners and helps students work independently. It is hard to imagine students succeeding much in the past without these tools there to aid them. We are so dependent on these technologies, yet fifty years ago they didn’t have this kind of technology to be dependent on.

Fifty years ago, children wanted an education and now that that desire is fading, computers can bring back that desire to want to learn. The computers and interactive whiteboards can make learning fun and more interesting. While students practice handwriting, they also take keyboarding lessons to improve their computer skills. These day’s most children are afraid of asking questions out loud due to ridicule people would give them. With computers, students can email their teachers asking them privately.

In today’s modern classrooms there are interactive whiteboards, such as Promethean Boards, SMART Boards, ACTIV Board, Mimio, and PolyVision. These are all interactive...
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