The Positive Impact of Technology on Education
Today, technology is found everywhere in education.There are computers in many of the classrooms and schools contain computer labs, or at least numerous computers in the library available to students. In my paper, I want to discuss some of the positive and negative effects that technology has on education.
Throughout my schooling, I’ve seen technology go through different stages of importance in education.When I was in elementary, I remember seeing maybe one computer in the whole school.Moving to middle school, each classroom had around two computers for students to use.The library had a small computer lab where computer classes were held and students could sign up to use them.High school consisted of computers in every classroom.The chemistry and physics room had a small computer lab, the library had a lab of about 30 computers, and we had a computer lab down the hall as well.I recently took a visit back to my elementary school and was amazed at the changes that had taken place, all technological.The library was turned into a full computer lab, and there were two or three computers in each classroom.
I did a lot of volunteer teaching my senior year in high school and got to experience first hand how kids and teachers use technology.While I was observing kindergarteners, the teacher would give free time to two or three students at a time and they would get on the computers and play games that pertained to learning letters and colors, whatever was covered in the classroom as well.
More classes are being taught with the use of computers in upper schooling too.Most papers have to be typed; therefore at least the minimal basic knowledge of how to use one is required.Many projects are done using Microsoft PowerPoint, and there are usually required computer courses students must take.
It’s beneficial for students to gain some experience with computers before going to college or into the workforce.Computers are used virtually everywhere and not knowing how to use one or having a poor skill level can be a determining factor when looking at job applications and such.
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