In recent discussions of education, a controversial issue has been whether classrooms should begin using more advanced technology or not. On the one hand, some argue that it should. From this perspective, students use technology every day at home and away from school, and as soon as they begin their school day they put everything away and can become bored. If students have immense knowledge at their fingertips, shouldn’t they learn how to use it effectively? On the other hand, however, others argue that technology should not be used in classrooms. According to this view, many technology resources that are used are just a digital version of a paper and pencil task. Students also can get distracted from the learning, and only focus on what they’re doing with the technology.
In sum then, the issue is whether schools should stay with the times technological wise or stay with the tried and true methods.
My own view is that technology should be integrated and used in education. Though I concede that many educational technology programs and resources are simply a “re-skin” of pencil and paper, I still maintain that it is very important. Part of the issue is educators having the lack of proper training to use the tools that are available to them. Although some might object that technology could be distracting to children, I would reply that we have to better integrate technology, and not just using it as a flashy exciting thing to use.
This issue is important because when technology evolves, so does the tools we can use to improve our society and people.