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Advances in Technology and It's Effects on Education

Updated on August 26, 2013

Advances in Technology and It's effects on Education


“Education is evolving due to the impact of the Internet. We cannot teach our students in the same manner in which we were taught.” – April Chamberlain.

The technology available to the generations preceding this generation pales in comparison to the technology available to this generation. The methods of education have also changed from generation to generation. There is a direct connection between the technology available and the education practices. All of the technological advancements made in education have allowed students to access vast stores of information and because of these advancements it became easier to get by without learning, and, on the other hand, learn in a much more efficient way.

The way in which generations are taught has changed tremendously with the incorporation of computers into education practices. A survey in 2007 by the NCES showed that 97% of classrooms in the United States of America had access to computers (Fast Facts). With the incorporation of computers into education, the level of information available to students increased tremendously. The expectations of the teachers also increased because of the availability of information.

The expectations of students by teachers have increased with the increase in the availability of information. Teachers are now able to assign lengthy research projects with the expectation that the students will be able to find relevant data on the subject all on their own because they have access to these vast stores of information.



The information availability is largely due to the advancement of technology know as computers. Computers are widely available in school systems; a survey in 2007 showed that 93% of schools have access to the internet (Fast Facts). The internet provides an invaluable resource for students to use to gather information previously unavailable to them. The internet was an amazing advancement that allowed anyone access to information.

A great example of how expectations have risen in the school systems would be that in almost every math class available in middle school, and on, student are required to use calculators. The wide usage of calculators allows the teachers to ask more complicated questions, than if the students had to work out every step of a problem on pencil and paper. The wide usage of calculators also allowed classes other than math classes to teach more complicated concepts.

The use of technological advancements such as calculators, the internet, and computers in schools meant that a change in the way students are taught had to be made in this generation. With all of the information that became widely available to students, students were expected to know more “General” knowledge. Schools became able to teach students more complicated subjects than the generations before them with the use of these advancements. The expectations of teachers also rose because of the expected general knowledge of the students, so the work load increased.

The use of computers can have beneficial side effects on students, but can also reduce the quality of their work. A study in 2005 by Massachusetts Comprehensive Assessment Systems shows that “the more regularly students use computers to write papers for school, the better they performed on the Massachusetts Comprehensive Assessment Systems (MCAS) English/Language Arts exam. (Russell, Michael)” On the other hand, when the students use the computers for “recreational use… to play games, explore the Internet for fun, or chat with friends at home they have a negative effect on students' MCAS reading scores. (Russell, Michael)” These studies show that advances made in the education system can be both beneficial and dangerous to the future generations.


The use of computers and internet in schools has allowed students to fully utilize the information around them. If a student wanted to know more about how a caterpillar goes through metamorphosis, then the student would just have to log on to the internet and perform a search to find the information. The ease at which information is accessed can mean that students are able to get easy answers to whatever their teachers might ask. The access to this information makes it incredibly easy for students to just answer questions and not really learn the information. This means that teachers have to increase the amount of work expected of the students to ensure that they learn the information. This is another way in which the practices used in education have changed between generations.

The information available because of the internet and computers is also the main reason that students are able to learn more complicated concepts. The information that is easily accessible to students of this generation allows them to learn more easily. The students, potentially, have access to more information making it general knowledge, as far as the teachers are concerned.

The practices used in education have changed so much from generation to generation that the generation before this generation would be hard pressed to keep up with the practices this generation uses today. One of the most noticeable changes in practices from generation to generation would have to be the, almost, complete dependency on computers. There is hardly a day in which students of this generation do not use computers for their studies. The dependency of computers by this generation is a major difference in the educational practices that the preceding generations had. The generations before this generation mostly used textbooks to gather information. This is a huge difference to today’s generation because this generation depends on the internet almost as much as textbooks for information.


The advances in technology have had a tremendous effect on the educational system. The way that this generation is taught is a long ways away from how the generation before this one was taught. The technological advancements have almost completely changed the approach of how we educate our youth. The old-fashioned practices of the preceding generation have become obsolete, and replaced with the current generation’s technological advancements. The use of calculators, computers, the internet, and all of the teaching aids that are now available for teachers have vastly improved the quality of education in this generation. The educational standards change almost every year to keep up with the advancements made technologically, and the result of all of the changes is an educational system that pushes the students to put forth the effort that is expected of them because of how much information they have available to them each and every day.

Technology can mean an improvement on the lives of an individual or it can mean the frustration of an individual to try to keep up with it. The advances made in technology that apply to education make it possible for students to enrich their studies with the vast stores of information found on the internet, make complicated calculations with the touch of a button, or slack off and simply search for the answer to questions on the internet

The use of the internet in schools has also allowed teachers to increase the workload of the students of today’s generation. Teachers are now able to assign projects over the weekends and breaks. The teachers can have the students go to a website to upload projects, or answer questions for their class over the weekend or break.

Teachers also benefit from the advances in technology because they can create power points instead of writing their lessons out on white boards or chalk boards. The teachers can load the power points on a projector in their classroom for the students to view. The teachers can load this power point on the project for every class they have that day, and not have to waste time erasing the white board.

The effects that technology has had on education practices can be seen in every classroom across the United States of America. Most classrooms will have computers for the students to use to connect to the internet, type papers, research, answer questions, or take tests on. Most of the classrooms will have calculators for the students to use on their homework or on tests for more complicated calculations. The students in the classroom will only reference their textbooks for homework questions, or for a definition that they cannot locate online. The teachers will have a projector running a power point for the class to observe. After class, the students will go home to type papers and do research online. The students will then upload their paper to a website for the teacher to review. The students will be able to turn in all of their assignments to their teacher without having to write anything down or even see their teacher. This is the classroom that the advances in technology have allowed this generation to create.


You're advances in Technology

Do you/have you used any of the technological advancements mentioned above to help you in your education.

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Works Cited

. "Fast Facts." National Center of Education Statistics. Institute of Educational Sciences, n.d.

Web. 9 Sep 2012. <http://nces.ed.gov/fastfacts/display.asp?id=46>.

Russell, Michael. "How computers affect student performance, the good and the bad."Medical News Today. N.p., 29 Jan 2005. Web. 9 Sep 2012. <http://www.medicalnewstoday.com/releases/19387.php>.

Technology in class rooms

What would you say is the ratio of the number of students at your local your local school or place of learning to the number of computers that are widely available for students to use there?

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      Joji Tuiwaqanui 2 years ago

      The information availability is largely due to the advancement of technology know as computers. Computers are widely available in school systems; a survey in 2007 showed that 93% of schools have access to the internet (Fast Facts). The internet provides an invaluable resource for students to use to gather information previously unavailable to them. The internet was an amazing advancement that allowed anyone access to information.

      A great example of how expectations have risen in the school systems would be that in almost every math class available in middle school, and on, student are required to use calculators. The wide usage of calculators allows the teachers to ask more complicated questions, than if the students had to work out every step of a problem on pencil and paper. The wide usage of calculators also allowed classes other than math classes to teach more complicated concepts.

      The use of technological advancements such as calculators, the internet, and computers in schools meant that a change in the way students are taught had to be made in this generation. With all of the information that became widely available to students, students were expected to know more “General” knowledge. Schools became able to teach students more complicated subjects than the generations before them with the use of these advancements. The expectations of teachers also rose because of the expected general knowledge of the students, so the work load increased.

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      Shankha Acharya 3 years ago

      Technology has its side effects - we have to agree - but then if we reverse the entire condition and look at the flipside then its not just the students who are getting benefited by Google, Bing etc but teachers too can update their knowledge and skills with aid from internet. Integrating technology and education is a difficult task - that is if the inventor truly wants to scale-up education practices through proper use of technology then he has to come out of the regular and think out of box. One has to seek and culminate areas as multimedia, technology and aesthetics. Only this culmination can make learning engaging and hence effective. One such approach has been designed by a visionary, hailing from India - J S Sarkar, an IIT passout who through his unique OmniDEL learning modules has set out to transform the educational system of India.

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      mbuggieh 4 years ago

      First of all: Congratulations for writing well-done!

      I suspect that some teachers, like some students, are misunderstanding the intent and uses of technology in the classroom; misunderstanding how to integrate technology and teaching and learning.

      The result is, as you both note, teachers engaged in meaningless nit-picking about things like single spelling or punctuation errors and/or students copying/pasting content into a word-processing file and claiming it as original work.

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      Tim 4 years ago from Small Town, USA

      I agree with you completely. With all of the information that is readily available to us with the typing of a few keywords into google, it is even more important for what teachers teach to stick in their student's minds. Otherwise, the use of technology could be seen as a disability instead of a advancement in education.

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      DON BALDERAS 4 years ago

      Technology is good as long as it does not subordinate us. In the present, educators look up to the promises brought by it in the delivery of education as there are lots of emerging modes to it. Definitely, there is no substitute for human being. That every learner and educator must think, not technology thinking for them.

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      Tim 4 years ago from Small Town, USA

      I can't pretend to know what it was like for you 40 years ago, but the reason I wrote this paper was for my A.P. Writing and Composition class. The reason I put that little tidbit into the essay was for my teacher to see. This was the third assignment that she assigned to us to finish over the weekend four weeks into the school year. I can't say as to whether or not you had those kinds of issues when you were in school, or not, but I can say that most of the issues we, as students of this generation, have is not of logistical issues, but is of time management. I find myself worrying about deadlines than I do about how I am going to make it to the "brick-and-mortar library". I understand that those would be bigger issues for your generation, because we are lucky enough to be born into the age of free information. If we want to know the year the that the U.S.A inducted Indiana into the union, then all we have to do is type in a few key words, but back when you were in high school you had to find a way to a hard copy of that information, or commit it to memory. We do have it easier in that sense of a workload, but the sense that I was stressing is the fact that even though we have all of this information readily available to us, we have to catalog it, interpret it, re-type it, proofread the errors that "auto-correct and/or built-in editing functions" oh so notoriously miss on papers, and then make sure your internet connection is good enough to turn in the paper before midnight on a Saturday night. I understand how you could think that I was just bickering about how we have it so tough, when you in fact had it harder in some ways, but we also experience a LOT of scrutiny outside of just doing the work. after we turn in our paper, we have to have our papers checked for plagiarism, grammar/spelling errors, quality checked, and a handful of other mind-numbing qualifications. You didn't have to worry so much about plagiarism as we do. Our papers are put into a bulk search engine, and it looks for strings of words that pop up elsewhere on the internet. So, if we copy word-for-word we need to cite it correctly in MLA or APA format depending on the mood of our teacher. If one period is out of place, then the search engine proclaims it plagiarism and we receive a zero. I don't know of any teachers 40 years ago that are quite that strict in their grading process, but if there are any, then I am truly sorry for his/her students.

      I went kind of crazy in my response, but my point was that even though it was harder for yoou to get the information for your work, our work has to be held to a much higher standard because of the amount of information that is readily available to us. I'm also sorry if I came across as if I were attacking you, personally, but I was just getting really into the subject of which I was writing. If I offended you in any way, then I am Truly sorry.

      Sincerely,

      Namciti

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      mbuggieh 4 years ago

      You made one statement that I found interesting---particularly as a baby boomer who graduated from high school almost 40 years ago:

      "The use of the internet in schools has also allowed teachers to increase the workload of the students of today’s generation. Teachers are now able to assign projects over the weekends and breaks. The teachers can have the students go to a website to upload projects, or answer questions for their class over the weekend or break."

      We had PLENTY of over-the-weekend and over-the-holidays homework 40 years ago, but we did NOT have the luxury of just typing some keywords into a machine and having the machine find the answers.

      Forty years ago, when a teacher assigned an over-the-weekend of over-the-holiday assignment we had to find our way to a brick-and-mortar library; walk or ride the bus there and back; hand write notes on paper; hand write and hand edit whatever the assignment was (unless the teacher wanted it typed and then we typed it on a thing called a "typewriter" that did not have auto-correct and/or built-in editing functions).