The Benefits Of Technology In The Classroom

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Fifty years ago, technology in the classroom was almost non-existent. Calculators did not come in popular use in the classrooms until 1970, with the handheld graphing calculator not coming onto the scene until 1985. Technology in the classroom has come a long way, but is it enough? As the use of students using technology outside of school increases, it is inevitable that schools are going to need to adapt, but rather or not this enhances education is still out in the open. Marc Prensky, writer of Education for the Millennial Generation Should Reflect Its Digital Upbringing, is an advocate for an increase of technology used in the classroom. He says that in the past, schools were meant to bring students out of intellectual darkness; today …show more content…
One article, Student Values and Ethics in an E-learning Environment, by Patricia Theriot, addresses some of these. Rather the world likes it or not, technology is encroaching on the education system with online courses becoming more popular as the years go by. The main reason for this is due to the benefits not only the students experience, but also the professors and school. The students get the ease of access and convenience that comes along with online courses. They are able to access the class whenever they have free time due to no physical class being held. This cuts down costs of commute for students as they do not have to drive back and forth from college. As a result of no physical class, students are able to have a part-time to full-time job while taking classes. College is becoming more expensive, making it nearly impossible for a student to afford going to school without an outside job. Secondly, teachers are able to teach from long distances with just the use of a laptop. Where in the past teachers had to live in the city of the campus, they are now able to live three states over yet still be a professor of the school. With all the gadgets online, teachers are able to communicate with students more often and with ease. Some may argue that the lack of …show more content…
They discussed the basic seven principles to assess rather or not teacher is effective in a regular classroom. These guidelines cover good practice and are the following: communicates high expectations, encourages reciprocity and cooperation among students, encourages contact between faculty and students, gives prompt feedback, respects diverse talents and ways of learning, emphasizes time on task, and encourages active learning (3). With these in mind, they conducted a study in order to find out if technology is as effective in the classroom as some think. They used Blackboard, a common resource, as the prime example in their research. They also took in consideration the different types of learning styles students have. McCabe and Meuter found out that “The principles that are rated as most important to students are prompt feedback (M = 6.5) and emphasizes time on task (M = 6.4)” (5), and also “...the principles that students feel are the most enhanced through the use of Blackboard are student–faculty contact (M = 5.1) and active learning (M = 5.0)”

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