Technology in the Classroom: A Double Sided View
Ever since the plethora of technology has hit the educational system, a question has been asked over and over again. Is technology in the classroom changing the learning styles of today’s students? Within the last decade, technology has become one of the most essential resources used by students. Technology is used by students today for entertainment, information, communication, and most importantly, education. That being said, in a world of never-ending technology at the fingertips of humans everywhere, it is critical for students to be taught ,and to learn, how to apply these technological advancements into their everyday learning styles. Thus, when applied in the right way, technology is overwhelmingly beneficial.
Today’s technological advancements have offered students digital books, endless online databases, words documents, videos, and so much more that allow students to access information at all times of the day. The author of the article “Study: Emerging Technology Has Positive Impact in Classroom”, Ryan Lytle, talks about a study done by IT Trade Association CompTIA that revealed that “78 percent of K-12 teachers and administrators believe technology has positively impacted the classroom and productivity of students” (Lytle). Although “Speed reading” a book is often frowned upon, “speed reading” and “skimming” articles online has seemingly become the most effective way for busy students to absorb and retain information.
According to Sandra Feldman, author of The Haves and Have Nots of the Digital Divide, “access to and the use of technology have become ever more critical for students and teachers in a standards-based environment. The new economy demands a certain level of technological competence, and our nation's schools must prepare students accordingly”(Feldman). With society and the future moving towards technology in every way, the demand for people equipped with the knowledge of how to use such technology, is exponential. That being said, it is vital for teachers to implement such technologies into everyday routines starting as early as kindergarten. Mentioned above, CompTIA’s study also showed that 9 out of 10 students indicated that using technology in the classroom would help prepare them for the digital future. Jobs that didn’t use technology 10 years ago, are starting to use them in their everyday lifestyle at work. Think about it; think about how many times you have gone to the grocery store, the doctor’s office, the library, and even the mall? Look around, any person at anytime time will see new forms of technology everywhere, everyday. That is why it is so important for students to be introduced to different kinds of technology while they are being prepared for life after their twelve years in the education system.
While it is important for students to understand how to use technology effectively, it is just as important for...