Technology has now become a common aspect of the industry. Educational Technology refers to the employment of both hardware and software to offer education, according to Wikipedia. Learning theories and other streams are used in the academic knowledge taught by technology to guarantee that learners have the greatest possible learning experience. Implementing technology in education has become a common practice these days. From classroom projectors, where students were shown PowerPoint slides on a PC attached to a projector, to webinars, where students are given quizzes during a session, educational technology has come a long way. Educational technology is extremely important for today’s learners, whose skill development is influenced by the use of appropriate tools like the Learning Management System. From the class debate, I actively listened to both Agree and Degree side and I believe that along with the benefits there is always some drawback that comes side by side. Below are some of my thoughts on both sides of a coin.
From the video created by my classmate Britney, I agree that with the help of technology students and teachers can access information and get many resources online for their studies. Moreover, there are many EdTech tools online which increase the engagement of students. The knowledge of these tools helps them later in their professional life. Students and teachers can interact with each other with the help of tools like Google Meet, Zoom, or any social media app. In addition, teachers can note the attendance, and lesson planning, and create interesting assignments on laptops which saves teachers time. It is related to the article “Attention students put your laptops away”. These days mobile provides us with multiple features and students and teachers can make or record notes in it. As there are multiple templates online for presentations, and pictures which makes the lessons engaging and interesting. Moreover as shown in a YouTube video how technology integrates with pedagogy and content and how it is beneficial in learning (TPACK). The technology resolves the disabilities issues of reading and writing. For example, if a child is visually impaired, teachers can give them recorded lessons so that they can hear it and learn at their pace.
As said ‘excess of everything is bad’ This also applies to over usage of technology. Both parents and teachers should teach students to manage their screen time. According to studies, more people are getting detached and isolated as a result of the connections that technology gives through social networks. Young children who spend more time on electronics may spend less time socializing with their peers, which can have an impact on their social and emotional development. It is critical to balance “technology time” to mitigate this risk. Nowadays it is very easy for kids to access inappropriate content or information. There should be tight supervision which can help children from being exposed to such content online.
There are some online games or activities that are “pre-made,” with the help of which ids can solve their homework/tasks without any learning or creativity. These types of games provide different types of learnings aids to kids which kills the actual study time for students.
Technology advances at a breakneck pace. To guarantee that children are equipped for our ever-changing world, educators must stay up with these developments. Technology integration in the classroom can help students learn more effectively. It is crucial to note, however, that technology does not completely replace traditional techniques. Technology should be used to improve student learning results and enrich the entire educational experience. This will make it possible for technology to have a significant impact on student learning.