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Social and Cultural Foundations of American Education/Technology/Pros and Cons

Social and Cultural Foundations of American Education/Technology/Pros and Cons
What are the pros and cons of technology in the classroom? Imagine it is your daughter’s first day of work after her high school graduation. She is working at a local company doing secretarial work to pay her way through college. Her new boss comes in and asks her to type the agenda for tomorrow’s meeting and email it to the staff by noon. When her boss walks away she just sits there wondering how she is going to complete this task in ample amount of time because she has no idea how to use the computer. This is the reality of many high school graduates. What is technology integration in the classroom? Many people ask the question: What is technology integration and how is it possible? Pros of Technology[edit] There are numerous benefits for the use of technology in all curricula in today’s education. The use of the computers can break up the monotony of lecture and note taking in the classroom. Teachers can integrate games via SMART Board to engage the students in interactive learning.

The problem with technology in schools - The Root DC Live Instant access to information has revolutionized how students learn today. From an instructional perspective, education technology sounded great, but with its growing prevalence in America’s public schools, its true impact is gradually being revealed. And the news is not all good. A Pew Research Center survey found that nearly 90 percent of teachers believe that digital technologies were creating an (Norm Shafer - FOR THE WASHINGTON POST) easily distracted generation with short attention spans. Between class periods, the halls of American high schools resemble a traffic jam on the interstate as they glare hypnotically into a screen. Yet, this behavior does not always stop at the classroom door — and that has also become another major issue. Teachers are now forced to perform the “put that away, unplug that, please log off” dance every class period, resulting in a waste of valuable instructional time. Teachers reported that students are distracted constantly.

Effects of Technology on Classrooms and Students A r c h i v e d I n f o r m a t i o n Change inStudent andTeacherRoles When students are using technology as a tool or a support for communicating with others, they are in an active role rather than the passive role of recipient of information transmitted by a teacher, textbook, or broadcast. The student is actively making choices about how to generate, obtain, manipulate, or display information. The teacher's role changes as well. Project-based work (such as the City Building Project and the Student-Run Manufacturing Company) and cooperative learning approaches prompt this change in roles, whether technology is used or not. IncreasedMotivation andSelfEsteem The most common--and in fact, nearly universal--teacher-reported effect on students was an increase in motivation. The kids that don't necessarily star can become the stars. Teachers talked about motivation from a number of different perspectives. Kids like the immediate results. Technology is the ultimate carrot for students.

Pros and Cons Technology in the Classroom Pros: Schools can secure grants to help pay for for technology in the classroom. Cons: Technology in general is expensive. Schools with minimal technology resources can spend hundreds of thousands of dollars a year. Classroom technology, especially laptops for individual student use, must be replaced every two to three years. Tech staff is required for a school with technology in the classroom.

Pros and Cons of BYOD and School Supplied Mobile Devices Mobile Computing | Feature Pros and Cons of BYOD and School Supplied Mobile Devices Educational technology experts discuss the pros and cons of BYOD vs. school-supplied mobile devices on college campuses. By Bridget McCrea11/14/12 With educational budgets ever tighter, and with a large percentage of students already toting their own smart phones, tablets, and laptops, more institutions are considering the bring-your-own-device, or "BYOD," approach to mobile classroom technology. But there are pros and cons to both BYOD and school-supplied strategies. Two educational technology experts and one CIO have outlined the key pros and cons of each strategy to help IT administrators select the best plan for their own schools. Bring Your Own Device Pros: Many Students Already Own Devices "More and more students are coming to class fully enabled with their own devices," said Shaya Fidel, a researcher focused on IT trends in the classroom at Stanford University.

Pros and Cons of Technology Technology at work is both a blessing and a curse - so to speak. Technology has improved performance at work with faster communication via email, video conferencing, the telephone etc. As a teacher, I can post grades that are available immediately for parents to view, track student performance on State testing and look up ideas for lesson plans using technology. Transactions for trillions of dollars can be made with the stroke of a key using technology. Employees sometimes have no privacy, for example, when we provide information about ourselves on the web then it's public knowledge. Again, the flip side is that I can access information about situations and people at any time. Not sure where we're all headed with this but it's going to be vastly different than we can expect.

Educational Technology: Effectiveness of Computers in Education Computers are increasingly being incorporated into school curriculums. Teachers present processes and concepts using programs such as Powerpoint, and students can utilize visual models and word processor to enhance their learning experience. Are Computers Effective at instructing students to retain information better? Some studies show a dramatic increase in performance while others show that CAI has small to moderate-sized positive effects on achievement (Avrim, 2000). From research, it can be concluded that CAI is best used when it is in addition to the instruction of a teacher and not when it replaces the teacher. The Pros and Cons of Education Technology: A short on the promises and pitfalls of educational technology Pros of Educational Technology The most important aspect of computers in education is that they provide drill and practice for the student. Cons of Educational Technology Computers in the classroom also come with pitfalls. Conclusions References Aviram, A. (2000).

Using Technology as a Learning Tool, Not Just the Cool New Thing Ben McNeely North Carolina State University © Ben McNeely I fully realized the digital age when I first spoke to my grandparents over the "talk" feature on AOL Instant Messenger. How cool is it, I thought, to have grandparents that not only have a computer, but know how to use it? What was more striking was that my grandfather, a man who never had much formal technical education, built not one, but two, computers from parts—motherboard, disk drives, hard drives, and so forth—with the help of my cousin. He has high-speed Internet access, sends and receives e-mail, burns CDs, and chats online using IM. Growing Up with Technology In kindergarten, I was introduced to the Apple II computer. For my classmates and me, computers were just tools to get things done. As a Boy Scout, my troop would participate in scout shows at the local mall. My brother, a senior in high school, now uses WebAssign to complete homework problems for chemistry class. How the Net Gen Learns Learning by Doing Funding

The Pros and Cons of New Technology | Computers | Tech The Advantages of New Technology in Your Business Reduced Waste will lead to lower costs. Increased Productivity where properly assessed, increased production, through efficiency and better planning, can also result from the introduction of new technology. Less Workforce may be needed if jobs that previously required personnel can now be automated, further reducing costs. Higher Profits due to the increased efficiency which produces less costs. A Higher Income can be yours if your business is making more profit. Advanced Communications such as the use of e-mail, computer networks and mobile phones allow information to be sent/received instantly. More Competitive as you can afford to lower the price of your product/service if your profit levels increase, without lowering your standards. The Disadvantages of New Technology in Your Business The Management of new technology can be extremely difficult. New Skills Maintenance of the technology will be required to keep it efficient. Costs Time Summary