Technology is every changing. What is up to date today, will not be up to date tomorrow. Schools should not spend their budgets attempting to secure today's technology because by the time they obtain, it would need to be replaced. When schools lean on technology too much, they are avoiding the basics that need to be taught, so people can learn to adjust to technology as it evolves.
Parents as well as teachers are able to use the newest technology to teach their young people various things. However, it is up to them to set the boundaries as to what makes for effective individual learning. Children should still be taught to think and to do rudimentary functions without using a screen.
The introduction of new technologies and new media is a huge benefit to students and adds much to their individual learning experience. These new ideas often allow students to customize their learning experience and make education targeted more toward the audience it is trying to teach. These things help students who may have difficulties learning in a traditional environment get the equivalent education their peers would by shaping the learning environment to the students needs.
No, I do not think that technology detracts from individual learning. Actually, I believe it enhances the learning process. Many learn through hands on demonstration. With that being said technology makes hands on and one on one learning available 24 hours a day / 7 days a week. The tools and the many explanations that are available makes learning not only fun, but the information is actually kept.
Technology does not detract from individual learning. This is because of the fact that technology is only a means to an end. Technology only increases the rate at which we can learn. The way in which we utilize technology, however needs to be appropriate and contribute to a learning mode.
New technology increases educational opportunities for those connected to websites and informational sources that can be used to further the continuing studies of those who need it. Individual learning is made more efficient by Internet classes and online degrees. If anything, technology increases what someone can learn about and dig deeper into certain topics. When we can search the vast information available on websites through a small handheld phone, the opportunities are endless for the attainment of knowledge.
I do not believe that technology detracts from individual learning because a student is able to engage this technology in a way that promotes individual learning. Most children in this day and age already have access to technology at home. They are used to it. So when it is brought into the classroom as a teaching tool, they are able to learn efficiently from it.