Technology in Classrooms

Students should be able to focus on their classwork and be able to apply what they learn to their daily lives, but their lives mainly revolve around technology and they are not able to focus on what is more important in their lives. Students of all ages are using technology such as laptops, smartphones, and tablets as something they need and not as something they want and will try to work harder for. One of the five problems with technology in schools is the pace of change such as not being up to date with all the technology around the world.

One of the five problems with technology in schools is the pace of change such as not being up to date with all the technology that is around the world. Getting all the new technology can be hard for some schools since everything is very expensive and most schools are on a budget and if they bought new technology something would most likely be cut from that school that is very important to that school. For example, if my high school were to get the new laptops and desktops my entire music department would be cut from the budget and the music department is helping so many people from failing high school and creating long-term friendships. The problem with the pace of change is that schools would need to hire an IT staff to help with all of the new technology that some teachers have difficulty with.

The second problem is the different social dynamics from an online school and a public school. It can make it hard to make friends if you are taking online classes and people you could possibly meet and become close with are in a public school that is maybe 10 minutes away from your house. Also, it may make them not take all their classes as serious as students in a public school because they can do their homework and classwork whenever they want to before it is due, unlike public school students who have a set date work is due.

Three of the five reasons is a distraction, which can lead teachers to believe anything besides the school computers that are able to connect to that school’s wifi and message ability is a very big distraction other than a learning tool for the student. The teacher never knows if the student is using their device and using an educational app or browsing through Facebook. This may lead the teacher to question if the student should have that device in the classroom.

The fourth problem is technology out-thinking the instruction, which can lead specifically math teachers to question what types of calculators are allowed in classes. Calculators may be used to help the student get into the greater depth of the answers or find something really quick and get all the steps and do none of the work to actually know why that is the correct answer since they never solve the problem themselves.

The last problem of technology in the classroom is learning innovation vs. improved test performance, The New York Times article “In Classroom of Future, Stagnant Scores,” talks about a school in the Kyrene School District has fully put technology in the classroom into action. Since 2005, this school has earned over $33 million in technology. This school has students use laptops and tablets to do their school work which can then be combined with having Facebook groups into projects that they have to do. It is sad to say that this school suffers from low test scores. Their statewide scores have risen but this one school has stayed because of all of the innovations they make in the classroom. This school worries about how much they engage in technology that it may affect students from learning simple subjects such as math and English. Others in this county yet to reason that there is no reason to spend over $33 million on technology that may not have any benefit on students educational growth.