Technology In Education

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In this day and age, it is very common to see a student utilizing a tablet, computer, personal phone, interactive whiteboards, and other types of technology in the classroom. This is a site to behold considering that less than 20 years ago, this was completely unheard of. This proliferation of the use of technology and the blending of social media use in the classroom has completely changed the way that educators teach and even relate to their students. This can be seen across all student age groups including higher education levels. However, there are a few downsides to the use of technology with students. If the educational system does not properly equip their teachers with the knowledge that they need to utilize this type of learning in …show more content…
This first computer weighed “ 30 tons, took up an area of 1460 m and consumed 150 kW of power.” (Benov, D. M. 2016) Since then, we have gone from a computer to the invention of the first Macintosh and similar desktops. Following the invention of the network of networks, formally known to us as the internet, in 1983, the way we utilize this technology has completely changed the course of our world. It has also completely changed the way that we teach. During the late 1900’s, the educational field was a perfect place to test these new products of technology. As this area of testing began to grow and change, students were encouraged to utilize classroom technological skills to help them thrive in the digital age. The types of skills that students are thought to be able to glean from technology are areas such as inventive thinking, teamwork, and digital literacy. These are the skills that our nation has encouraged educators to engrain in the minds of students over the past years. According to Michael Firmin, “Educators are encouraged to make the best use of available technology in order to benefit our nation’s schools, surrounding communities, and most importantly, our students.” (Firmin, M. W., & Genesi, D. J. …show more content…
When we think of technological usage for students, especially those in the early childhood realm, we tend to have a very black and white approach to the subject. It is either bad or good, and either an educator will accept it as a part of the everyday teaching method or reject it as not being appropriate for their class. Allvin discusses this issue in her speech as a keynote speaker during the 2014 Fred Forward Conference. She states that the “either/or approach regarding technology and young children comes from a place of concern about the images we tend to envision when we think of technology and its inappropriate uses.” (Evans Allvin, R. 2014) She then continues to talk about those inappropriate uses as “the graphically violent and sexual images often portrayed in entertainment media.” (Evans Allvin, R. 2014) She stresses that the only way to counteract this view of technology is to “be partners with families.” (Evans Allvin, R. 2014)The main objective of family partnership is to have the teacher and the parents on the same page of communication where it pertains to the use of technology inside and outside the classroom. On the surface this seems like an easy thing to accomplish, however, anyone that is or has been in the educational field knows just how difficult it can be to have

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