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There are so many opinions as to whether or not technology in the classroom is beneficial. If you look at it from one point of view, we have to make sure that our students are prepared for success. They must know how to use technology to compete in the business world. One the other hand, as Jamie McKenzie states in her article, there really is not any solid data that shows that technology increases achievement/ability.
As I was thinking about my response to this post, I was reminded of a radio show that I was listening to as I traveled home from Florida this weekend. The hosts were talking about the wonderful memories that they had from their childhood. They were talking about how today’s children do not learn about the world around them because they do not go outside and explore. They were talking about how they played outside with used tires, old lawnmowers, and junk that they found in the garage. They commented on how children today stay inside and play on their computers. I have to say that I agree with this. I think that children are also lacking in social skills because they do not play with others. I feel that play is an important part of developing social skills.
I am not sure how I feel about the older generation being digital immigrants. I am not a young person. I won’t tell you how old I am, but the Beetles were popular when I was a kid. I think that as technology has become more integrated into our society, everyone has had to adapt and learn. My own father has an iPad. He is on his computer a lot!
In summary, there are pros and cons to technology use. I think that it does help to simplify tasks and can be a beneficial tool for use in education. As with all tools, it must be used correctly. Children should also be encouraged to put down there iPads and explore the world around them.
What do you think?