Technology in the classroom, is it good or bad? I think this is a question
that will be debated for many years to come. There are those who believe that
we must have technology in the classroom so that we can move forward as a
society. In a speech given by Roy Pea and Larry Cuban, Roy Pea quotes the
Labor Secretary’s Commission on the Achieving Necessary Skill, or SCANS, as
saying “Those unable to use technology face a life time of menial work.” Others
believe that technology replaces learning and is actually making us stupid. Some
believe that the costs out weigh the benefits and others who believe the opposite.
I believe that technology in the classroom can only help to enhance and stimulate
learning and prepare students for the future.
The government has even acknowledged the need for technology in the
classroom. In the “no child left behind” bill there is a section that covers this very
topic. This section is known as the “Enhancing Education Through Technology
act of 2001”. “The primary goal of this part is to improve student academic
achievement through the use of technology in elementary schools and secondary
schools.” Technology is everywhere and as educators of future generations we
cannot simply ignore it or its influence in our daily lives.
The world of education is constantly changing. The demands on teachers
and students are ever increasing. Students are being expected to learn harder
math concepts earlier in their educational careers. For example, my son is
taking Pre-Algebra in the seventh grade. Without the use of technology, how can
we expect teachers and students to keep up with these demands? Technology
can allow teachers to provide their students with visual examples of concepts
they are learning. For example, using a GSP sketch to help clarify addition and
subtraction using positive and negative integers. This visual representation can
only enhance a students understanding of this sometimes difficult concept.
Technology opens many new avenues of teaching for the teacher.
Learning about all of the enhancement programs available and how to use them
can only make a good teacher better. Technology can help a teacher make their
assignments more interesting to the students. Most children are fascinated by
computers and love to use them any chance they get. The students are eager to
learn and actively participating in their learning. Technology also allows students
to explore mathematical concepts using a wider range of numbers. For example,
it could be very time consuming for a student to solve a linear equation using
very large numbers, however the use of a calculator would make this much
easier. The student would need to know the steps involved in solving the
equation, the calculator would only be used to save time. It would not “solve” the
problem for the student. Being able to solve the problems more quickly will allow
students more time to solve additional problems and reflect on the...