Does the use of technology in schools make a difference?

Isaiah Valadez, Reporter

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Many students will tell you technology makes a huge difference in school, but let’s really look into it. An article from Purdue University states, “Technology has impacted almost every aspect of life today, and education is no exception. Or is it? In some ways, education seems much the same as it has been for many years.”

“In many ways, technology has profoundly changed education. For one, technology has greatly expanded access to education. In medieval times, books were rare and only an elite few had access to educational opportunities. Individuals had to travel to centers of learning to get an education. Today, massive amounts of information (books, audio, images, videos) are available at one’s fingertips through the Internet, and opportunities for formal learning are available online worldwide through the Khan Academy, MOOCs, podcasts, traditional online degree programs, and more. Access to learning opportunities today is unprecedented in scope thanks to technology.”

“Technology has also begun to change the roles of teachers and learners. In the traditional classroom, such as what we see depicted in de Voltolina illustration, the teacher is the primary source of information, and the learners passively receive it.”

Another reason is that it’s so easily accessible. The article mentioned the fact that books and videos are literally at your fingertips. It shows you that something accessible, like the internet, can impact many students’ lives. With online school already an option in the education industry, taking a step further and making online school something more available at regular school meaning putting technology on the front line of learning. In my personal opinion, if everyone were to be an online school student they wouldn’t get the human connection and physical connection that people need. But technology being considered something that would make teenagers and kids some type of robots stuck to their screens is a lie. Technology is such a beautiful thing that helps many people with school, work, and many other things. Also saying that it’s a possible setback to students especially is another lie because if you were to put technology at the front of education like I see in a lot of schools nowadays makes it easier for younger people to understand because of their access to phones, tablets, and computers. This is actually a thing that a lot of schools are improving on and I love that.

 

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