Technology In School

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The best classes are classes that use mobile technology. Mobile technology is any portable device that can connect to the internet. Whether I’m looking up research material for that paper due in English, emailing my school counselor about applications for college, or working on a Halloween project for the school haunted house, I’m using my smartphone. My smartphone is a little school companion. It holds example photos of that Spanish alter project, calendar dates for when papers are due, class notes on how molecule bonds are structured, and flashcards of those pesky drama vocabulary terms. When in class most of my teachers allow some time on our phones. They ask us to do group projects and look up facts. One time at Governor’s School, I got …show more content…
It has developed and advanced over the years; however, it is currently at what some would call a stalemate. This stalemate is created by schools that place bans on cell phones, and teachers that use virtually no technology in the classroom. Many of the previous generations believe that if they could get through school without a smartphone, then so can the current generation of students. While this may be true, in theory, just because students could get through school without technology does not mean they should. In the modern world, schools without technology would be extremely boring for students whose home life includes watching videos and surfing through social media on their smartphones. Current students find that school has become the darkness in their world full of light. “When kids come to school, they leave behind the intellectual light of their everyday lives and walk into the darkness of the old-fashioned classroom” (Prensky …show more content…
Historically, the purpose of education has changed according to the needs of society. “Education 's primary purpose has ranged from instructing youth in religious doctrine, to preparing them to live in a democracy, to assimilating immigrants into mainstream society, to preparing workers for the industrialized 20th century workplace” (Sloan 1). However, today’s schools are hardly preparing students for a mobile technology based society. In the past twenty years, technology has grown from limited to widespread. Yet, schools are having a hard time keeping up with the rapid growth of technology. What the future holds may be uncertain, but the certainty that it will continue to grow technologically is overwhelming. There is no doubt that future careers, especially the ones not created yet, will need workers that know how to use mobile technology. “If educators do not find ways to leverage mobile technology in all learning environments, for all students, then we are failing our kids by not adequately preparing them to make the connection between their world outside of school and their world inside school” (Barnwell

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