According to “Technology and Education,” there many diverse technological developments that are used in schools today (slide 4). Of the list of technological developments provided I regard computers as the most influential. Computers have freed students from constant toil on other tangible education resources (Hayes, 2009). Use of computers together with a networking system has made online educations possible at high schools as well as institutions (Bonk, 2010). The significance of computers is very apparent in areas that are often affected by natural disasters such as hurricanes and contagious diseases. They allow educators to pass knowledge to their students through the aid of the web (Bonk, 2010). The technological development through Microsoft Office Live software enables educators to share classroom content, lesson plans as well as curriculum components with their students. It also allows students to carry out discussions and share ideas (Hanson-Baldauf & Weiss, 2008).
The computer device has both positive and negative impacts. The use of computers has lessened the work associated with teaching since demonstrations can be made easily through programs such as animations. They also reduce the balk of storing and carrying books since they can store lots of information. The main disadvantage of this device is negligence of books that are the main source of knowledge. The device also advocates laziness.
Despite computers being very good devices for passing knowledge, it is apparent that they impair with students attention. Computers also lead to losing of education time since many students use them for other purposes other than education in life.
Questions for class
Do you think there are technology shortcuts to a good education?
Is use of computers affecting mathematics education in any way?