Technology in education

It’s the first day of school.  Many children across the country have spent the past week preparing by buying fresh school supplies, a new backpack, some new clothes, and their required e-books.

That’s right, e-books.

Technological advances have been evident everywhere, especially in public classrooms.  According to the Huffington Post, 72 percent of children under the age of eight have an access to a computer with Internet.  So what does this mean for the future curriculum?

Kindergarteners walk in to their first day of school already having a great sense of “instant gratification” thanks to smartphones and tablets.  Children know any game is accessible with a touch of a button, therefore have a lesser sense of having to wait.  Grabbing children’s attention before this “technological revolution” was hard enough let alone having them have a preconceived notion about how the world is always instant.

The smartphone revolution has also created a more visual audience.  Newspapers around the country are trying to make ends, yet YouTube continues to advance in numbers globally.  Teachers have found that creating a Powerpoint slideshow produces better grades than in an audio lecture.

Because the way our children learn is changing, the style of teaching has to change as well.  It makes sense for public schools to switch from hard cover books to e-books.  They are lighter, cheaper, and more convenient to purchase especially in this Internet age.  Yet people still are apprehensive to make the switch because it is against tradition.  Holding a tactile object has learning benefits, yet there is something to be said about following the technological evolution curve.

Technology is a factor that is constantly changing and evolving.  One does not regress in technology; it is something that always improves.  A decade ago someone would have thought that in the future there is a device that can take photos, send messages, make calls, use Internet, and only be the size of one’s hand would sound absurd. We are now in a time period where people cannot imagine going without Internet for more than three days.

Embracing technology is how humans evolve, and it is how continue creating bigger and better things.  This can be done by including more visual elements in a classroom setting, including e-books, having professional social media accounts, and having to work on projects that require Internet.

People often fear the “technology monster”, yet after learning how to work the devices it can be a difference from receiving a higher paying job.  Children in K-12 need to be taught how to manage the Internet so they can have a brighter future.


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