How Much Technology is Required in a Modern Grade School Classroom?
If someone was to say the word “future” to most children, they would think flying cars, aluminum clothes, huge mirrored buildings, and talking robots. For generations, people have pictured the future to be some miraculous, world changing experience. With T.V shows like The Jetsons and Futurama putting crazy ideas into American heads about the future, America as a society has played up how the “future” was going to look. Nobody today wears aluminum suits or has flying cars however; we are now in the future – we live in a world full of modern technology. Things like computers, hybrid cars, trips to outer space, and hand held devices that children today seem to be addicted to all make up this world. How did the world become so advanced? The answer is, good schooling, core fundamentals, and care and compassion from the educators. Just because Americans live in a technologically advanced world does not mean that Americas’ education needs to be revised. In an ever changing country, it would be safe to say that within the next fifty years America will see another change in technology such as vehicles and even simple devices like cell phones. Living in such a fast pace world creates the need to understand that when it comes to education, children yesterday, today, and tomorrow, will need to be taught the basics – core fundamentals such as reading, writing, spelling, and mathematics are still necessary. Furthermore, schools should encourage teachers to use technology sparingly and focus on traditional teaching methods for core learning. The main points that need to be addressed are: technology taking away from core learning principles, the cost of technology, and the roles of the teacher. Technology, like that of a computer, takes away from the core learning principles—writing, math, and spelling. There is a correlation between students’ learning ability and when the student uses pen and paper to learn. When using pen and paper the student tends to think harder; focusing more on what they are writing, how to spell it, and making sure what they are saying makes sense. Computers are very smart machines. For example, if a child tried to type “ambetion” instead of “ambition” it would automatically correct the word which eliminates the learning process for spelling. Although that does ensure close to perfect papers, in school perfect is not what we are looking for and being perfect is not how students learn. Matt Ritchel, a columnist for the New York Times, focused in on this idea in an article by stating “critics counter that absent clear proof, schools are being motivated by a blind faith in technology and an over – emphasis on digital skills – like using PowerPoint and multimedia tools – at the expense of math, reading, and writing fundamentals.” Although technology may have an influence on the increase on in school attendance, it is lacking in other areas. When delving into the results from standardized testing, technology does not stand a chance. Ritchel, a columnist for the New York Times, took a look into a technology–centric classroom in Chadler, Arizona. Meanwhile, Ida Lieskovsky reported on a school in Akron that used absolutely no computers or modern technology. Rithcel, being a technology reporter and Lieskovsky, having a bachelor in journalism and psychology, oddly enough came to the same conclusion in their articles – technology isn’t proving a lot when it comes to academics. When comparing the two articles, it can be concluded that the school in Akron scored substantially higher on their standardized testing than the school in Chadler, Arizona. Ida Leiskovsky wrote, “Clear Fork Valley Local is rated as one of the top schools in the nation.” That happens to be without the help of technology at all.
Matt Ritchel stated in his article “Since 2005 scores in reading and math have stagnated in Kyrene, even as statewide scores have risen.” Comparing these...
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