Beary: Technology and the classroom


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As a kid growing up in the ’90s, I remember waking up at the crack of dawn to look outside to the dew on the ground every Saturday morning and THEN watch the latest episode of my favorite cartoons.

However, with today’s technology, the latest episodes are aired nearly daily, not to mention the reruns that are aired nearly minutes after the first showing.

Technology today is not what it used to be, not even close. With the advancements that have been made, medicine, construction, and education have come a long way.

Private and public schools all across the nation are starting to integrate technology in their classrooms. According to EdTech, 74 percent of educators surveyed said technology is key to help expand the learning in the classrooms.

The Internet is a great resource. With computers and tablets in the classroom, students are able to learn viable research skills at a young age. Teachers can collaborate with others in virtually no time at all. Being able to consult or even virtually meet face-to-face also can help engage students with other students around the world, helping increase their familiarity with different cultures.

Technology continues to make a lasting footprint on society, but when does the change become too much? There has been talk about textbooks being replaced by laptops.

The cost alone is enough to scare people away; laptops are still partially new in the technological world, and not every student would be able to afford to make the switch. Option No. 2, according to the Academic Help website, said the most affordable way to slash costs is to create CDs of textbooks. Of course, at the college level, this has already been accomplished.

A huge worry with the increase of technology is if it will be the next form of our teachers, and by that I mean the replacement of educators.

It is hard to imagine the education system without any educators, especially considering just how long teachers have been educating the youth. The expense of putting laptops or tablets in front of each student makes the idea of teachers being replaced seem a little silly.

It is also no surprise that these proposals aren’t exactly in line with declining school-system budgets. In politics, it gets quite tricky to try to mess with the educational system one way or another.

The excitement of new technology may never die, but the thought of it taking over the classrooms completely just isn’t bulletproof yet. The idea is great, but students still need personal communication along with written skills. Educators are still the key to a students’ success. It is up to them to help teach the students not only the old-school techniques but also about all of the new technology that continues to become more advanced.

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