Future of technology in schools

This topic contains 5 replies, has 6 voices, and was last updated by  Wesley 4 months, 3 weeks ago.

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  • #2368

    John P
    Student

    Recently there has been a lot of talk about how we use technology in schools. In particular, a school in Sydney has asked families to buy iPads for their children in primary school. Some schools mandate a BOYD program, or host their own technology to be distributed around for classes.

    What are the disadvantages and advantages for technology in schools? Are we paying too much respect to technology? Does it help us learn better? What are the consequences and what could happen if technology gets out of hand at schools?

  • #2432

    Seth McLure
    Student

    Technology is always advancing and moving forward in Secondary schooling but I personally think that the technology in schools is over rated in some aspects. Including the daily information and the role count for students, etc. I don’t think that is necessary. But for all school work is very advanced and handy that you can do it at home and in class.

     

  • #2603

    Aaran
    Student

    Especially with workplaces having technology being used more and more, I think it’s really important that schools are providing students with the skills to use technology. Whilst technology can have its distractions, schools should aim to help students develop the capacity to use technology in a way that is productive. I think technology does help us learn better especially for learners who a are visual based, for example being able to google diagrams or images.

  • #2690

    Bri
    Student

    I think that as tech is becoming a bigger and bigger part of our lives, it’s important to educate students on using it productively and safely! Schools are supposed to prepare us for our futures after all…

  • #2724

    Michael
    Student

    Tech is increasingly becoming a larger and larger part of our lives both in and outside of school and the our future workplaces no matter the job. I feel like it provides a wealth of knowledge in playing as a place for us to ask questions, or search for help for any school tasks, and also as a way to communicate and work together. But it is also a large distraction and entices us to go and watch at Youtube in class and studies or play games, and that’s a large disadvantage.

    But realistically we are going to have all this at our finger tips at our workplace, so we need to learn to deal with it now before we get out there!

  • #2782

    Wesley
    Student

    Need to restock the larder? Tap. Need to find the quickest route? Tap. Where would we be without the Internet? Our lives are so much easier than ever before, now that we can access instantaneous information. Yet, incredibly, there are still some dinosaurs who worry about the perils of the cyber world. There is nothing to fear. This technology is an amazing step forward and enriches our lives in so many ways. We can connect with the rest of the world and thus accelerate communication and trade, as well as extending our understanding of an endless array of topics by linking up with specialists. Therefore, we should not be spooked by nay-sayers. The Internet has created many benefits that have led to great progress.

    How did we ever manage without the Internet? Only four decades ago, we were still living in the Dark Ages, when the only way to communicate was through “snail mail”. We had to find paper and pen, write the letter, buy envelopes and stamps, and go to the post office to send it. Then we had to wait weeks for it to arrive (if it ever did), and then yet more weeks awaiting a reply. The alternative were eye-wateringly expensive STD trunk calls, which were so expensive that you had to reserve them for special occasions! How different to today’s easy communication, when, with just a click of a button, we can send an instantaneous email, make a simple phone call, and connect up across the world. Not only do these inventions deepen the ties between families and friends, they also expedite trade and business, by making deals and delivering goods and services quickly and efficiently. A modern society simply wouldn’t be able to function without the Internet.

    The Internet also allows us to disseminate knowledge across the globe, which advances the development of medicine and education. Scientists can “talk” to each other in real time, rather than having to travel across the globe to meet with each other face-to-face, to discuss prevention, diagnosis and cures for diseases. What’s more, online education connects to people in remote areas who have inadequate access to schools, hence promoting equality to otherwise disadvantaged people. The current coronavirus crisis has been the clear benefit of the Internet, as scientists, governments, and education can share information instantaneously and without the need for potentially dangerous travel.

    Admittedly, the Internet has drawbacks, since gaming or social media can become addictive, especially for young children. However, it is not the Internet itself that is to blame. If parents are negligent enough to allow carte blanche access to the world wide web, then they are responsible, not the device itself. As Professor of History and renowned author David Hackett Fischer asserts, “It does not follow that a quality which attaches to an effect is transferable to the cause”. It’s like blaming your car for an accident, or blaming beer for alcoholism. As humans, it is up to us to control the use of technology, not allowing it to control us. As for the problems of hacking or posting undesirable material, it is the responsibility of law-enforcers to police the Net. These challenges do not outweigh the undoubted myriad of benefits the Internet brings.

    Such an amazing advancement like the Internet must be supported. It speeds up communications and trade, which greatly improves the lives of people. We can use this process to disseminate education, and medical discoveries at astonishing speeds. So let’s continue to use this innovation, to advance the development of human society and improve the lives of everyone.

  • #3085

    The_sooner_I’m_done_the_better
    Student

    I definitely agree that a lot of people are overly cranky and suspicious of what is undoubtedly a great boon to the human race. However, I also believe that people will need to provide adequate protection for devices in schools, so that students do not become exposed to something inappropriate or a scam. Finally, I think that technology addiction also needs to be a potential concern, in that it could potentially damage a students prospects of getting into university or a good job.

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