Advances in Technology and It's Effects on Education
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.
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Do you/have you used any of the technological advancements mentioned above to help you in your education.
. "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>.