Technology in the Classroom; an Advantage, or a Hindrance?

A study done on the pros and cons of technology in the classroom found that almost 75% of educators think that it has a positive impact on the learning environment.  It is also deemed important to develop technological skills in students, to help them prepare for entering the workforce, once done with schooling.  This learning process can start as early as kindergarten level.

The minute a child is born, he is exposed to various forms of technology.  From an early age, they play with electronic playthings and use programs for little ones,’ on Mom and Dad’s tablet or Smartphone.  They start even before talking.  Today’s kids are simply comfortable functioning in this technological world.  They fit in marvellously in a technology driven world.

It is more fun to learn with technology in the classroom.  More like playing.  Students use their Smartphone, tablets, etc. daily, and that makes it easier to learn new things.  The technology, being the constant, and the thing they know.  Students know how to use it, to do research, to compile a report, to play and to speak to friends.

A few other positives, researchers found, in using technology in the classroom

  1. Technology in the classroom allows students to learn at their own pace.
  2. Technology prepares students for the future.
  3. The use of technology helps students retain information better.

Examples of Technology that can be used during lessons

  1. Flashnotes; Allows the student to upload lessons. Students can also share their work like this.
  2. Study Blue; Allows students to organise and store their work, notes and flashcards on their Smartphone. You can share work with other students from this app.  The main attraction for this app is that it is mobile and you can use it anywhere, anytime.
  3. Digital textbooks; where the student can have the newest updated books. No more heavy books to carry around and you always have the latest version of the information.  These digital textbooks are often more vivid, helpful, creative and a whole lot cheaper.

Through embracing the changes that technology brings to the classroom, and integrating it with other learning methods, students can now leave school, better equipped to fit easily in the technological operating workforce.