Education has evolved appreciably from its earlier tropes of rote learning to the present day innovative procedures to leave a lingering impact on young minds and technology has a great role to play here. Technology has impacted every angle of daily lives over the last few years – from personal and business interactions to our school systems and the ways in which we learn something new every single day. Seeing how fast technology has evolved over the last decade, mankind is yet to see the bestest of it.
Currently, novelties which are used to improve and facilitate learning can be found at affluence. One can safely say that, we have embraced technology in education where it is used for both learning and teaching, with the main purpose remaining in changing how students and teacher gather, analyze, access, present and transmit information.
Some of its pros and cons are as follows:
- Technology can bring classroom excitement: In today’s digital world, students are getting excited about using technological devices like, smart phones, laptops, tablets, and other similar devices.
- Provides countless resources for education purpose: Technology can make learning more effective and fun. Students can choose among the various resources and learning techniques depending on their learning interests and engrossments.
- Automate tasks: Technology can be used to automate tasks within an institution/firm. Tools like Top Hat can be used to automate grading system for student’s performance and streamline their writing assignments.
- Provide instant access to information: Technology has improved learning for students through a multimedia application like YouTube where students can watch an explanation video on the online/internet.
- Help students improve their presentation skills: As internet keeps on growing, students need to know how to maintain a good online/internet presence, be able to collaborate with other students through emails and other social platforms. This enables them to stay up front and learn life skills through the modern technology.
- Helps prepare for the future: We are living in a digital age where the technology has been the order of the day. Implementing technology in the education curriculum will help in building future foundation of success to students.
- Technology gives students more opportunities/chances to learn at their own pace.
- With exposure to technology while at school/college, students will be less intimidated by technology in the future and will be more prepared to handle technological issues in their career.
- Using technology in conjunction with the lesson being taught increases student’s teacher engagement and promote more understanding and lessons to the student.
- It allows students to get more understanding information, find answers or even get more questions from teachers to work on without leaving their desks.
- Distraction: Students can easily be distracted by accessing social media sites instead of learning, start tweeting and snap chatting during classroom.
- It discourages creativity: Nowadays most of the technology-based games are automated. This limits the imaginative and creative way of thinking since they do not engage their mind in problem-solving tasks.
- Encourages cheating: Use of technology has encouraged easiest access to other student’s assignments. When teacher/proffesors give easy tasks like essays, tests or reports, students can easily find that information online and copy it.
- Limit social interactions: Depending on technology for classroom assignments/activities will affect the social interactions among the students who spend more time isolated from others.
- Security concerns: With emerging cyber security issues, student’s online data and institutions/organizations network can easily be compromised.
- It poses a health risk. If students stay on a computer screen for a long time, it will affect their eyesight and it can be hard for their brain to relax and unwind.
- Encourages laziness. Since technology gives them a lot of information by the click of an icon, students may not feel a need to go the extra mile in doing traditional research using textbooks/sites.
- No equal access to technological resources. Some students may not have all the resources needed to facilitate learning thus the need to work in groups.
- Difficult to distinguish between reliable and unreliable sources from the web/internet.
- Technology may not be utilized to its fullness in a classroom setup. Students only use technology for research and access to word processing software in class.