Topic: The benefits of using digital technology in the classroom far outweigh the disadvantages. Relate this to your personal experience. Use specific examples and provide appropriate evidence to support your answer. Published by the New York Tmes, there will be government’s intervene in education technology after 10 years. Referred to the article, as many foundations are doing their appropriate purposes, for example the National Science Foundation’s effort on its field and N.I.H’s work on health, many leaders in Education Department are trying to fulfill their goals. By making various types of digital programs, it provides the learners better chances of experiencing and fulfill their requirement.() Therefore, it seems the proportion of technology is getting more important than ever, in many aspects other than for our daily lives. Likewise, contrast to literature which the contents are expressed only by letters printed, Digital technology can express information through various ways such as digital cameras, CD, DVD and other methods that can contain digital mechanization. Moreover, not only using the Digital technology for academic purposes, it is now possible for the users to share their ideas and socialize at the same time. Regardless of the benefits that are made earlier, there are some disadvantages of using digital technology in classroom too; however, advantages outweigh disadvantages in terms of education and work efficiency in the classroom not only for the students but also for the teachers.
To begin with, among many disadvantages which are made by the oppose of using digital technology in classrooms, there are opinions such like the loss of thinking process and the possibility of losing education opportunities for students. According to the University of Michigan, claim that it takes away the thinking process from children. Unlike students in the past who relied on books only, students who live in the twenty first century can get the information they need by ease. The Internet allows students to benefit from various academic provisions uploaded by many scholars throughout the internet. By simply researching the topics which corresponds, they are able to access numerous research works. However, if the students or the teacher is not accustomed to the technology, students might lose a crucial opportunity to experience this modernization. For instance, when the students are having problems with using digital databases for their required works, it is the teacher’s responsibility to help them out. But if neither the student can’t solve the problem nor the teacher, there lies a chance of losing the opportunity to learn..
Nevertheless, digital technology in classroom provides many experiences of exploring different kinds of teaching methods and contents for the students and motivates them to learn technological skills. It is the same for the teachers too. First of all, the most used aspect of the computer is the Internet. The Internet includes various works on every topic and presents different culture. Students who are left from class work, can learn more easily by using the Internet. Because aside from the teacher’s usual style of teaching, students learn materials in their own way and this leads to active listening and creativity. When using technologies in classroom, students are motivated to excavate different skills to use technologies. However, this kind of tendency can be found in teachers too. According to a survey focused on Spanish teachers done by Anne Cummings, since technology usage is frequent specially in learning language and mathematics, the leaders of education require high skill quality which means it becomes the responsibility for the teachers to learn technology for the classroom. Moreover, because the technical skills are used for communicating and submitting information, for the teachers it became more than an implement tool. Therefore, it is proven that, it is not only the students who are learning technical skills when using this high advanced technology, which then leads to a higher quality of teaching.
Having said that digital technology in classroom enhances the quality of education, it also improves the student’s and teacher’s work efficiency. Counter arguing the point that digital technology takes away the thinking process from the students, according to Kathleen Patrice Gulley, when students are solving mathematics with digital technology, their knowledge can be visualized by the stimulation from mathematical knowledge. In other words, digital technology can function as a tutor for students who have problems on specific subjects.
To illustrate my personal experience about digital technology, when I was a senior in high school, I had a hard time going through math classes. Whenever I took a test, even though I listened carefully to the teacher there was nothing remaining in my head, so I mostly got under 50 out of 100. To help my studies, parents bought me a PMP that contains Internet lectures. With this, I learned much more than participating in school because I could stop the lecture whenever I wanted and could visualize it in my head. The result showed a remarkable difference, I managed to get over 92 out of 100. Moreover, my experience shows a typical case of students using Technology for their studies. According to William, L, Goffe, enhanced opportunities to access learning materials lead increased interactions with learning. Therefore, it was the frequent access to study, for me to improve my scores (Goffe 278-280).
Likewise, the work efficiency of teachers can be enhanced with the help of digital technology. When the Digital technology wasn’t advanced enough, in other words the reasons for using computers to accomplish their tasks were a custom tool for teachers. However, as the proportion of the technology became larger, the usage of computer increased in many aspects. Unlike in the past, using the computer is not only for administrative tasks nowadays, but used for managing, creating, communicating and submitting information; the teacher’s work got more convenient.
In conclusion, even though there are disadvantages of using digital technology in classrooms, because of the advantages such as enhancing education and work efficiency, advantages outweigh the disadvantages.
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