It is wonder that additional technology isn't applied in schools, particularly considering that majority of the businesses and people cannot operate without the usage of the computer. Installing more computers inside schools could address most of the major problems and advance the standard of instruction in schools. Real cons and pros of applying technology in classroom create stalemate which is able to prevent technology to be used much more generally in classroom.
Including technology into the lessons, pupils will become much more excited about and engaged in the topic at hand. Subjects that would typically be monotonous for many, for example social studies and history can be more engaging with streaming video and virtual field visits.
Finding relevant materials on internet to incorporate into the lesson is not most of a piece of cake. This means instructors may spend much more time for lessons planning and become frustrated and overwhelmed.
Technology (computers) let students to acquire knowledge through exploring internet and performing research. The work of researching papers and searching information with such a widely used resource able to keep students involved in the project and acquiring knowledge far sustained than they may with the set of standard encyclopedias.
Few students will discover beyond the parameters and bounds of project and turn out to be distracted by irrelevant activities which they come across on internet.
In the special needs classes, each student is enough talented to move according to his own velocity with the assistance of the technology. This lets students acquire individual instruction straight from computer, which lets the teacher achieve more while experiencing less stretched. Handicapped students from special needs in classes can also get the help by using assistive technology that can let them communicate better.
Technology of Special needs may be little expensive and need an inordinate sum of funds to operate and acquire.
Costs and expenses
Schools are able to protect grants to assist pay for technology within classroom. Technology in common is expensive. Institutions with nominal technology resources may spend hundreds and thousands dollars every year. Classroom technology, nominal laptops allotted to individual student, must be changed after two or three years. Technical staff is needed for the school with this technology in classroom. The more technological devices the school utilizes, the more staff will be required to keep technology running.
As technology is very expensive, so not every school will have a computer for every student in the classroom. So, students much as 5 to 8 must have to share a computer. Governments should change their policies for education and use more tax payer’s money to buy technological equipment needed in classrooms, our students need to be share technological tools.
It is only wealthy families who can send their children to private schools, there such facilities are well provided to each student.
Training needed for students and teachers exercising technology in classroom will make students computer literate besides allowing both students and teachers to exercise their training during part-time employments and future professions.
Training to utilize computers in a class can be time-consuming and costly. Many instructors are not willing to spend time in extra training.
Technology in class is not only for students. Instructors can also use technology for planning lessons, keeping student records, and communicating with parents. Teacher can use visual effects or videos on topics with will help students to well understand any topic without much efforts by teacher.
This could reduce the interaction level between teacher and students.
Peer to Peer Learning
Improve writing skills
Some students have issues in grammar, using a computer in class will help in correcting their mistakes related to the grammar. This will not help them to be the best writers, but this will help them to learn quickly and writing easily. Teachers will need to take some extra steps and guide these students in order to write composed sentences, because computer can only correct the basics mistakes like; spell checks.
But a computer cannot be used to tell a student, how to punctuate or when to start a new paragraph, nouns and verbs are used in multiple ways and a computer will not help in that, past tense and present tense are completely different, but computers cannot know that. All this should be taught to students by their teachers and students can just use computers to help in the speed of typing research work and notes.
Poor writing skills
Just like we mentioned in many topics above, in real computers cannot teach students to write well-organized sentences or an essay. Computers cannot teach punctuations, verbs or nouns and paragraphs. A computer can help students in auto correct a word and it can do basics in writing, but the main job should be done with a paper and pen. Teachers can easily go through student notes and correct their mistakes
Distraction in the classroom
Sometimes the use of technology in the classroom creates distraction, as some students use them for personal use while teacher is teaching. The only way to control this bad behavior, is by implementing rules as what and when to use computers while in the classroom or how to take steps if a student fail to conduct on terms, students will have a risk of abandoning their cell phones or computers.
Advanced technology have helped each and every aspect of our life, and classrooms are also affected by these changes. Technology especially computers and internet have helped teachers and students to improve their study in classrooms. These advance technology have brought some implications with them, as there are many issues related to student’s skills by the use of technologies. Teachers should allow students to use technology but they also need to understand that technology is just a tool and ultimately they only can teach students.
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