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.