In this blog I’m going to attempt to bring together the content of my last 4 blogs. The topic I have been observing is the use of modern technology in the classroom and I have concentrated on some different uses and effects that technology has had on classrooms and the pupils. In this blog I will expand on this by assessing how effective the introduction of modern technology is and whether I personally believe it is beneficial to students and pupils or whether learning should remain to focus on the traditional methods that have been used for centuries before modern technology was invented. I would firstly like to recap what I’ve previously covered (mostly for my own sake in order to remind myself of what I’ve been rambling on about for the past few months!)
In y first blog regarding this subject I considered previous research that has been conducted on this field. I discussed evidence that has been found to support the use of modern technology in education and also mentioned the studies that contradict these findings by stating that modern technology has diminished the use of traditional learning methods in schools and thus causing a major reduction in essential skills such as pupils’ ability to read and write basic words (Leising, 2003).
I went on to investigate and discuss a more specific topic of the effects that video gaming may have on education; a controversial subject that has drawn many conflicting opinions. Again I went on to discuss the evidence that has been found by previous researchers that support and oppose the subject. However while I was conducting my research I gradually realised that although evidence that support the effects of video gaming has been vastly demonstrated, evidence against the benefit of doing so is much more obtainable.
In my next couple of blogs I have gone on to discuss the introduction of modern technology into classrooms of developing countries. As a nation we have grown and evolved with the existence of technology therefore it can be argued that having a computer in the corner of a classroom is expected if not essential in our society. However programs such as the One Laptop per Child and the Mobilink-UNESCO Programme have introduced the use of technology into classrooms of pupils who have not necessarily had access to a computer and therefore are not dependant on using them. I discovered that although these programs were not successful in each and every country they were established, this was mainly due to the programs not being exercised properly. When these programs were used carefully and correctly the results were beneficial on both teachers and pupils.
In my first post I promised that after researching the field and investigating both sides of every point that I decide to discuss in my blogs I would draw to a conclusion and state on which side of the argument of modern technology vs. traditional learning methods I would agree with…
Imagining my own experience at school and at University without access to a computer and the World Wide Web is absolutely terrifying! I could not start to imagine how I would manage to write an assignment without access to the internet. However, the thought of not being able to read and write is also just as hideous to me! I believe that in today’s society knowing how to search for something on Google is just as important as knowing how to read a road sign, both of these skills are essential. I have drawn to the conclusion that modern equipment should absolutely be introduced into classrooms and it is essential that children and adults evolve with the rapid developments that occur in technology. However I stress on the importance that this does not overrule the education of reading and writing lessons. I believe that both these skills should be taught in a coinciding accordance as neither is more important than the other. However if I were to ask my Grandmother which of these skills were most important she would undoubtedly say that having the ability to write a letter was far more vital than knowing how to look up a video on YouTube but we live in an era where this is not the reality anymore. Take this module for instance. Imagine enrolling in this module without having the ability of using a computer. It would be an utter nightmare and your degree would suffer as a consequence. Times have changed and we live in a society where modern technology is rapidly becoming more and more evident in our daily lives. Knowing how to master a search engine is just as essential as knowing how to use a dictionary or a thesaurus and therefore I conclude that modern technology should undoubtedly be introduced and used daily in our classrooms but I remain convinced that old-fashioned traditional methods of learning should not be scrapped.