Technology in Education
When I first started school as a little girl, the only forms of technology that we had in school were computers and televisions. The teachers may have had cell phones, but they were not used during school hours. Also, not every country in the world had the technology that we did. Now days it seems like technology has pretty much taken over the world and most people don’t think they could live without it. Many school systems, especially in the United States, now use many forms of technology such as: laptops, cell phones, iPods, clickers, etc. Using technology such as this in schools can have many wonderful advantages, but it can also have many disadvantages too.
One form of technology that is used around the world today, especially in schools, is laptops. Laptops are a wonderful piece of technology to have. They are small, and easy to carry, so you can take them almost anywhere you go. According to abc news, many schools across the country are replacing textbooks with laptops because the internet is easier to use and the information on the internet is constantly updated. But are they really a good tool for kids to use during school hours? Teachers want students to be able to use them in the classroom so that they can look up information for solving problems or writing a paper. But the students may want to use them for other things, like getting on facebook or Twitter and talking to friends when the teacher is not looking. So, laptops may be wonderful things to have when a person is on-the-go, but they are not really appropriate for students to use during school.
Another form of technology that is being used in many schools today is cell phones. Cell phones, just like laptops, are wonderful things to have and they can be very helpful in many situations. For example, if someone is in a car accident, if they have service, they can use their cell phone to call home and/or call emergency services. But schools now days are trying to make it to where students can use their cell phones during class so they can text questions to the teacher if they don’t want to ask the question in front of the whole class. The problem with this is that, instead of texting the teacher questions, the students could be texting other students and not pay attention to what the teacher is saying. So, even though cell phones could be a good way to try to save students from embarrassment, students may not use the given opportunity for what it is supposed to be used for.
Another way that schools across the country are allowing students to use technology during school is by using iPods. According to the New York Times, iPods can be used for more than just listening to music. They can also be used, for example, to teach students that are trying to learn the English language. But it also says that some students have been caught using them to try to cheat on tests by loading the answers to the test onto their iPod. Also, if the iPod is the one teaching the students, then why is the teacher there? So, just like every other form of technology in school, iPods may be intended for good, but the students can use them for bad.
A new form of technology that is being used in many colleges around the country, such as Morehead, is something called clickers, or “student response systems.” Student response systems are systems in which, when the teacher puts a question on the board, the student answers the question by pushing a button on their “clicker” or keypad. When the student pushes the button, their answer is then submitted into the computer. These systems are very good because the students can enter their answers anonymously. The problem with these systems, though, is that they are very expensive. So, with the clickers, the problem is not that the students will cheat, it is that they are very expensive so they can cost the university a lot of money.
So, as you can see, there are many wonderful benefits to having certain technology in schools. But that does not mean that the students are going to take advantage of these benefits. I’m not trying to say that all students are bad, but it is almost guaranteed that some of them will use opportunities such as these to do things like cheat on a test or help a friend cheat on a test. Also, technology is changing rapidly everyday. So now the question becomes whether or not the states can afford to keep providing schools with new technology all the time considering how expensive it is now days.