Introductory Concepts

In recent discussions of the use of technology in the classroom, a controversial issue has been how much technology should be used in the classroom. On one hand, some argue that technology is pertinent for teaching today’s youth . From this perspective, youth are not really learning when they have to turn off all of their electronics and be bored in school by being taught things that seem irrelevant to their lives. On the other hand, however, others argue that technology should not always be used in the classroom. According to this view, technology should only be used in areas where traditional methods are limited and the technology can benefit learning in a new way. In sum then, the issue is whether technology should be used in the classroom to make technology relatable to students and only using technology when they pass the boundaries of conventional teaching techniques.

My own view is that technology has a place in the classroom, but other teaching methods can be just as useful and there should be a variety of different approaches when learning. Though I concede that using technology to help personalize learning is useful, I still maintain that there should be many different tools that teachers use to help students learn. For example, learning through a hands-on approach is interesting and good way to learn and get students involved. Although some might object that this does not personalize the learning experience to the student, I would reply that being able to learn information in a variety of ways makes the material more relatable to students. This issue is important because there are many different views about how technology should be used for teaching students. This is important because technology can completely change school and the way students are taught.