Integrating Technology into the Classroom
Technology is gradually changing our society; there is no doubt about that. If told ten years ago that students had the capabilities of having a robot for a teacher, one might laugh or suggest a new Hollywood movie. Now a days, this, along with many other advancements, can be a reality. Technology has added many benefits such as allowing students easy access to new information, offering a portable and affordable solution for textbooks and has even been known for grade improvement. Integrating technology into schools is a way to keep up with society and provide students with endless possibilities. However, many people believe that introducing children to technology is harmful. It can promote laziness, can be extremely expensive, and interferes with a student’s need to interact with teachers and pupils. The adaption of technology in the classroom requires alot of time invested and training of teachers. Electronics can often have quirks that hinder lesson plans. Overall, the use of technology in the classroom is in constant debate.
First of all, there are many opposed to integrating technology into the classroom. One reason people are against it is because they feel it promotes laziness. As we well know, many Americans are facing more and more health problems and obesity now more than ever. One in three American children are considered overweight (Gavin 1). Some argue that forcing our children to use technology in the classroom is a ticket for many health problems. Technology produces a completely dependent society and can often render its users helpless. A recent study proves that some children in 31 countries actually learn and process information better when they were disconnected from the computer in the classroom and at home. When a child has spell check and a computer calculator, he or she might be considered a technology whiz, but give them a pencil and paper and they go completely blank (Orlowski 1).
Second, people believe that using technology in the classroom is an entire lost cause because of the expense. It is extremely risky to just hand over to a child an iPad or tablet in the hopes of keeping it for learning. Not every American school would be able to give each child a computer and thus would have to figure out some sort of schedule due to their limited supply (Criss 2). By doing so, it defeats the whole purpose of group instruction. In 2008, Australia figured out that just for every child and teacher to have a computer and the correct learning software, would cost a little over $100 million dollars. America is already in debt, so why add the extra expense? (Schools Fear Cost 1).
Additionally, in order to adapt to iPads, e-readers, and interactive classrooms, teachers must be taught and trained in each of these programs. Some teachers simply do not have time to learn a whole new way of teaching in such short notice, especially when they have been teaching for many years...