Does technology in education brings more benefits or criticism?Does technology in education brings more benefits or criticism? Is it actually good for the students or opposite? If yes, please state...

Does technology in education brings more benefits or criticism?

Does technology in education brings more benefits or criticism? Is it actually good for the students or opposite? If yes, please state the list of proof and articles about it with the writer/theorists. Thank you. 

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litteacher8 eNotes educator| Certified Educator

By and large, there are more benefits that disadvantages if technology in the classroom is used in the right way.  As the edutopia article I gave you sates,

Technology is ubiquitous, touching almost every part of our lives, our communities, our homes. (edutopia)

If something is a big part of our students’ lives, and always will be, ignoring it is foolish.  There are technologies that everyone uses that students can learn to use, such as the computer, and then there are education-specific technologies, such as Smartboards (interactive whiteboards) and educational software.

Edutopia also notes:

Technology also changes the way teachers teach, offering educators effective ways to reach different types of learners and assess student understanding through multiple means. (edutopia)

Are there drawbacks?  Certainly!  Schools in middle class neighborhoods are more likely to have working technology.  Urban impoverished schools often have little to no properly working technology.  Trying to teach a child on badly working equipment can lead to frustration.  As Jesse Langley says in the edudemic article I gave you:

It’s understandable that if a school can’t afford air conditioning, they’re probably not going to view iPads as a logical expenditure. (edudemic)

Langely notes other problems with a reliance on educational technology, such as poor handwriting and writing skills and relying too much on technology.

As you can see, there are advantages and disadvantages to how we use technology in the classroom.  It is not going away, but we do have to be smart in how we implement it in schools.  Schools need to be aware that it is not a bandage to cover all things, and know its limitations.

jesseldridge | Student

We all know that there are two sides of coin. I believe that it is same in case of technology. Every technology comes with two - sides one is good and second is bad, for example mobile technology. Generally it is used to communicate with people but today some people use this technology for making some bad things.

In education, technology can create the qualitative difference. It makes the learning process fast so student have got easy access of new and different types of information. Now after some research studies, it is proven that properly used, technology can increase the success of all students, makes the schooling better, improves teachers’ skills and knowledge, and improve school administration and management. But on the other side, there are some possibilities of negative effects from excessive use of computers for example students who use computers extensively will become ‘brain-dead’ or less social from looking at the computer screen all day.

So, I always recommend using the technology but don’t be addicted for it. Avoid the excessive use of technology because sometimes it can be harmful for you.

ht5602 | Student

Everyone has their own beliefs, and I say it brings more criticism, since I am a student who enjoys learning. But for those who don't enjoy school, technology is a great way to learn.