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Technology in the classroom

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Started: 11/14/2013 Category: Technology
Updated: 3 years ago Status: Post Voting Period
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Jdg4444

Pro

Technology in the classroom has major benefits. In todays world education varies from school not matter what country you are in. same goes for the students. There are so man students at different levels in the classrom, and with tradtitional teaching techniques, nothing can be really well taylored to the students needs. When technology is added to the classroom the students can become more involved. The student beomes more engaged when they have to press buttons and actively participate in the class. A typical lecure by a teacher cannot do that. Technology can spark a passion for learning for in a student and even bring students who are falling behind in class up to speed. Teachers need to realize that one teaching style does not work great for everyone, and technology can eliminate that issue and still make it simple for teachers to use. In the long run technology proves to be a great help and improves the education that the students are getting, while at the same time making the teachers lives easier.
bickfordmsc2014

Con

While technology is able to help some students in school, overall students have a harder time focusing on longer assignments. A student may find it boring, or see it as a time to stop paying attention, instead, goofing around or talking in class. There are many distractions as well when using the internet, and while it could be unintentional, as in stumbling upon an interesting website, a student may waste time and because of this a project can take longer than needed. There is also the problem that students will put less effort into their work, as it is easy for students to simply copy and paste information they find instead of citing others' work or putting it into their own words. Along with this comes the problem of using "texting language" or disregarding spelling mistakes or grammar errors, such as forgetting to capitalize letters, or leaving sentence fragments.
Technology can also result in difficulty for teachers. Sometimes, finding the right materials online to make a lesson plan can be hard, depending on the topic of the lesson plan. This leads to the teacher needing more time just to plan the lesson. Also, a teacher's style of teaching does not necessarily change depending on whether or not he or she uses technology, and a student still may not do well in a class as a result of the teacher. In this case, technology usage by a teacher could be a factor that contributes to a student struggling with a class.
Debate Round No. 1
Jdg4444

Pro

While technology can take time for teachers and students to adapt, with trial and error before students and teachers begin to see results. Once teachers incorporate technology into their lessons and students gain the basic skills to use technology the results can be significant. technology may not have the same significant impact on A students as it may on students who struggle. the skills that can be taught to students is great. some of hose valuable skills can be, fast typing, how to use search engines and properly find trustworthy websites. Technology also allows teachers more flexibility in their lesson plans, which can give students increased focus. Without technology being introduced to students at an early age, they wont be well prepared for the growing world around them. We need to prepare the next generation for what is going to come and this is the best way of doing that.
bickfordmsc2014

Con

It is good for students to understand how to use modern technology; however, technology should not overtake the class in every aspect. It has been proved that people who read text that is printed, especially in one's own handwriting, are able to remember more, comprehend more, and learn more than those who read digital text. If students use laptops in class, they may take notes, but they would not be taking the time to write down each word letter by letter, instead, typing out the notes. Some students as well do not have access to the same level of technology in their homes in order to complete assignments. One child may have a computer that has all the necessary applications for school, but another may have to make time to go to a local library, if there is no home computer, or if it is not functioning properly. Another student may have a computer, but it is being used by a family member for work, for example. This can set back convenience and put pressure on the student to find time and computer or Internet access.
Debate Round No. 2
Jdg4444

Pro

Understandably there are students that do not have Internet access. Yet that issue is becoming less prevalent as time goes on. In this day and age technology is doubling every 18 months and more and more people have access to the Internet. making the issue of a student not having a computer irrelevant. Another benefit of technology can be the collaborative skill that is fostered in students who use technology. When student are put into group project that require technology they begin to tutor each other, looking over each others shoulders you could say. The students who excel in technology or are getting ahead of the others love to help those who may not be entirely up to speed. these students learn how to work together. Which in this day and age is a very important skill to have. traditional teaching sometimes creates competition between students to see who does better. While that can be good to instill competition. It can lead to students refusing to work collaboratively, and not accepting criticism on their work, and there needs to be a balance. that's is why technology should be incorporated into the classroom.
bickfordmsc2014

Con

At school, a student should try and help another who may be struggling, whether technology is being used in the classroom or not. The use of technology should not determine how children treat each other in a class. Technology should not be a factor that hinders any student's learning; instead, students should have the option to work with technology if they will benefit, if necessary.

It is true that more often than not, a home will have a computer, but this does not mean each and every home is equal in that respect. Modern technology, whether it be cellular phones or computers, is expensive. Some homes cannot afford to buy the best or "newest version" each time one is released, and as older computers start to need new parts, these can sometimes be hard to obtain, due to a limited production or a cease in production entirely. Students with personal laptops will face these problems, sometimes having to replace the laptop completely with a newer model in order to accommodate school needs. Along with this, if more technology is used in school, more staff will be needed to make sure everything is functioning as it should, resulting in the school not only spending more money on more machines, but also paying more to the staff regularly.
Debate Round No. 3
Jdg4444

Pro

Technology may be hard to update to obtain the newest model, but just because the computer or device is not the newest or the greatest it is not still usable. Many computers can last a long time and the updates that may be required is only software,and almost all computers today can do this, so there should not be an issue there.

Also technology is a great resource while it improve every students grades and how they collaborate with people. it is still a great tool. many schools are now establishing e-libraries for their students. Libraries that can be accessed by any student or teacher in the school from where ever. This makes research papers that much easier. many students today are stretched to the max with homework and after school activities. With an online library a student does not need to take the time to go to the library and save much needed time for other things. it is a major convenience and should be installed in every school. online libraries are also low maintenance, and cost effective. schools do not have to worry about un-returned books, or damaged ones. there is never a need to replace them. and it is easier to update the library with new books and not have to pay as much as if they bought the physical book.
bickfordmsc2014

Con

The combination of negatives balances out the positives, to the point where technology is not necessarily helpful in each situation a teacher or student may encounter. To say that technology benefits all students generalizes each child's learning ability, and the teacher's ability to teach the class. Speaking from personal experience, I usually do not want to take the time to log on the computer to type (optionally) an essay where I could potentially become distracted, when I could just as easily hand write it without any hassle. On the opposite side, some students feel they complete work better with a computer, if that is what works for them. Technology should be an open-ended resource for what works best for the child.
Again, with the problem of online resources, it is too easy for students to simply take information they find and put it in their work. Also, some of the best resources are books, new or old, that are not able to be found online, that contain more in-depth information on a subject that can greatly benefit a student. Through the use of online libraries, students may also lose the knowledge needed on how to properly look up a book for themselves.
Debate Round No. 4
Jdg4444

Pro

The negatives do not balance out the positives. Technology opens doors for students that were never there before, it does benefit all students. With technology the students explore the Internet and how to use technology and learn new things constantly. They begin to teach themselves new things, by just search what they want to know. The teacher is now not the only one with the answer to a students problem. technology gives students the power to explore whatever they want because it is right at their fingertips. Technology can span across many subjects and areas of interest. History teachers can pull up videos on current events for class discussions. Science teachers can search science experiment videos as visual aids for their students. An English teacher can search up articles for students to read. This all benefits the student, using information from current events is better than using an outdated textbook from ten years ago. A student who is taught with up to date information benefits the student greatly. Saying that all students benefit from technology doesn't generalize their learning capability. Technology doesn't benefit every student in every area. But there is always something for them to learn from . Such as how to search for information, or how to make presentations, answer their own questions and teach themselves. Or a student could already be great with PowerPoint presentations. But with the ability to search for new information and learn new skills. They can learn how to do more things with a PowerPoint and make themselves better than before. Technology has its benefit in so many ways they could never be counted, and in today's world students need these skills. Technology just makes our students more knowledgeable.
bickfordmsc2014

Con

No matter how technology may help students or teachers, there is always the issue of reliability. At any moment, technology may stop working, right when it is needed the most, and depending on the skill level of the person using the technology, one may not know what is wrong or how to fix it. For example, a computer could freeze, or a printer could jam, and as a result, a teacher may need to call in someone from the staff who works with the technology. Handwritten print on the board cannot crash as a computer can, and when a problem such as this occurs, a teacher will have to resort to these simple yet effective methods of teaching to accommodate the lesson plan anyway, even though the teacher may not have a backup plan. Also, the quality of the technology can affect speed and performance. When it takes a long time for a classroom computer or projector to start up, it wastes class time that could be used to learn what is needed instead of sitting and waiting. The goal of a class should be to use time efficiently, and technology often works against that goal. When prepared, a class can function well with the use of technology, but even in these situations, a sudden "Not Responding" screen can slow down the class and waste time. Technology is good for recreation, but when there is a deadline, it can not always be relied upon for the needed result.
Debate Round No. 5
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Posted by lundquistmsc2014 3 years ago
lundquistmsc2014
The use of technology can open up a whole new dimension to learning; however, it can distract with notifications and games.
Posted by corbeilmsc2014 3 years ago
corbeilmsc2014
Technology can really enhance learning and make it more exciting, but at the same time technology can also be negative because it often breaks and needs to be fixed.
Posted by fortiermsc2014 3 years ago
fortiermsc2014
Technology is very help and can add a new dimension to the learning experience but teachers have such little knowledge on how the technology works. Their lack of knowledge can be counter productive and distracting. It is not always reliable and often malfunctions. If a power point project is required and the system isn't working the student might receive a poor mark and has wasted class time. If the teachers lesson is centered around a technological tool and it doesn't work, the lesson is ruined.
Posted by Dicensomsc2014 3 years ago
Dicensomsc2014
I agree with the con side of this argument. I believe technology while can be somewhat useful, but is more of a distraction than anything. Writing down notes on paper rather than a computer has more benefits because it helps you remember more of the information and I feel like technology can just be too troublesome. There are so much technological problems, even during some classes it takes a lot of time just to boot up the smart board and some teachers don't even know how to use it correctly.
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