Advantages and Challenges of Using Technology in Class
Category : Blog
Technology has pretty much won the world, and we are talking not only about first world countries. PC’s, laptops, tablets, mobile phones, and less common devices are now available almost everywhere – it’s no wonder they are being used in the process of teaching and learning as well, thus bringing it to the entirely new level. While there are advantages, no doubt, there are challenges as well that accompany any innovation, and while technology has become an indispensable teaching and learning tool, it has also brought some hindrance to the process.
First, to the cons. The boost of technology worldwide provides for a more versatile and interactive process of learning. Teachers all over the world move to interactive boards and email communication with their students, leaving paper submissions behind. No doubt, it helps to make the process more efficient and convenient for both parties, leading to better overall results. PowerPoint presentations have won their well-deserved position as the most frequently used presentation means – thus replacing time-consuming paper work and other preparations. And if we talk about the software used in colleges, one can easily get lost among the astonishing variety. It has become easier to teach students using technology – no doubt about that.
However, teachers are not the only ones to benefit from technology development, as students now have better and faster access to information, even if the source is located across the globe. All one has to do is go online and download/read all the necessary information. Besides, technology innovations lead to introduction of the new education mode – distance learning, which is actively used worldwide and in some cases serves as the only chance to get educated.
As for the cons, there are some obvious ones. Cheating has become a major problem since it reached a technologically supported level. While before a student would study the information and then make notes to use during the test (thus still contributing to his level of knowledge), now all he has to do, using his gadget, is to go online and check a few links. All the work will be done.
Another challenge that technology has brought along is distraction. While a school iPad is a means to learn, it is also a means to entertain. The same applies to PC’s and phones. Often when the students are supposed to study, they end up texting friends, watching videos, playing games and whatever else the devices allow them to do.
These leads to the logical conclusion that introduction of technology into the process of learning and teaching is no doubt a positive change, yet it also has some drawbacks that need to be addressed. It can help students achieve excellent results, or it might have an adverse effect on their education (up to expulsion from colleges due to full-time gaming). Thus, it turns out to be a very powerful instrument that has to be operated with utmost care and diligence.