Introductory Concepts

In recent discussions of the use of technology in the classroom , a controversial issue has been whether it is more helpful or harmful to today’s youth.  On the one hand, some argue that technology in the classroom is beneficial.  From this perspective, kids have the opportunity to learn beyond the boundaries of the classroom.  On the other hand, however, others argue that technology should not be used in class.  According to this view, a pencil and paper can do just as good of job as a device.  In sum then, the issue is whether technology in the classroom is a good thing or is the old fashioned way the right way to go.

My own view is that a happy medium of technology and ‘regular style teaching’ in the classroom can exist.  Though I concede that there is a limit to how much technology you should use and what for, I still maintain that children shouldn’t be kept from exploring the ever-changing technological environment they’re growing up in.  For example, students shouldn’t use programs and apps that can be easily and effectively done on paper, but sharing and expanding their knowledge of things through technology can be so educationally enriching.    Although some might object that technology is ruining the childhood of their kids, I would reply that the children need to keep moving forward with the expanding technology growing around them.  The issue is important because the adults of tomorrow need to learn how to grow up with what is changing around them, but still know that not everything has to be done with a touch-screen.

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