The importance of education is something that can never be overstated. Education gives us knowledge, a perspective of life, and builds character. Education is key. With progressing technology, education is now more accessible. Modern technology allows educators to share ideas online to improve teaching techniques, students have accessibility to homework help and research information, and some students can even study entire online and work at their own pace. When advancing into higher education levels, technology becomes a key role.
Secondary schools are leaning more towards the use of computers and tablets. When entering the 7th grade, my younger cousin was given an iPad that she will keep until graduation. The iPad is used for most class activities and for about 90% of her homework. She can watch lectures online and participate in chat groups among her peers when outside the classroom. Also, a lot of schools have computer labs and require a certain amount of computer-based classes as a graduation requirement. When student move onto post-secondary education, they find college is defiantly technology based. Professors keep in contact with students through emails, post important information, lectures, and assignments on the school’s academic website, and expect neatly typed assignments. When going to college, it is highly recommended, almost expected, that students will have some type of computer or tablet. Of course you don’t necessarily have to own these items, but you’ll definitely spend the majority of your time in the library typing papers or going through books for research.
With all these advancements, technology is slowly taking away from the traditional schooling. Instead of going to the library for research, we can simply hop on a computer and goggle scholarly articles or get digital copies of books. Most homework assignments are accessed and turned in online. Even this class requires access to the Internet to make blog posts. Technology is definitely impacting education, but has anyone ever stop to think if it is a positive impact or a negative impact?
Just like anything, there are pros and cons to technology and education. When I think of the negatives, I think of the fast advancements of technology. Educators have to prepare students for the technology advancements they might face in the future. Today’s technology is tomorrow’s out-of-date. Another negative idea is the limited use of pencil and paper. In class, Seth makes emphasis on the importance of these technologies. Although this thought isn’t that serious, I realized the use of pencil and paper is not as popular; when we need to write something, we type it. Also, I think the future generation will have decreased math skills. Students can use a calculator for math classes, whether it’s basic math or calculus, which takes away from developing strong analytical skills. Now on a positive note, technology has made more opportunities available. I’ve taken several online classes, and I am currently enrolled in one this term, and I find it much easier to fit hem into my schedule. I can take classes that interest me, along with the requirements for my major. If I need help with an assignment, or a better understanding of a subject, there are resources available at my fingertips.