Technology is in a surprising spot when it comes to its use in education. It is already located and established in several areas.
But not everything is great, this also leads to other big problems. Learning all the advantages and disadvantages of having technology in the classroom can certainly give you a complete and informed opinion, not only in the field of education but also in others.
Education is lately in need of using technology to transmit knowledge to university students, children, of higher average, for its advantages are unmatched by any other method. Although there are still some problems with distance education that need to be improved, technology in education is something that is here to stay. So it is very important to know the good and bad that comes with it!
5 Advantages of Technology in Education
- Expand the mind. Before, children knew what their family taught them. Now having access to technology will expose them to things that are out of their parents’ interests which will help them form their own opinions.
- Fun in the classroom. Learning the same way every day is boring. And boredom becomes a lack of student motivation. So if you integrate videos, audio, images or other things, it helps a lot with the learning process. It allows teachers to create an exciting way to educate students.
- Quick information. You can find an answer to any question within a few clicks of the keys on the computer or smartphone. Information is widely and easily available to all. From academic papers to research documents. This can be both good and bad but the fact it makes finding what you´re looking for so convenient outweighs the danger of encountering misinformation.
- Prepares students for the future. Because of the way technology advances, it is obvious that the future will be digital. If students are well accustomed to the use of technology, they will not have problems adapting, competing and finding work in the future. Thanks to technology students can even learn how to write properly, thanks to many writing tutorials. Thus technology can also synergize well with other important academic skills.
- It has the potential to reduce costs. With the most accessible resources and in great abundance, it is likely that the cost of textbooks will decrease. It is also possible that students no longer need to buy a textbook if it is converted to digital format.
5 Disadvantages of Technology in Education
- Too many expenses. To buy the devices you need a large sum of money from colleges, schools, and universities. Also as new technologies emerge, it also becomes more expensive.
- Inefficient students. It is difficult to find a “diligent” student since most information is found online through web pages from any computer. Searching for all information on the computer is creating bad study habits. Many students surf the Internet to find solutions to math problems instead of solving them in a traditional way, which actually helps them gain in-depth knowledge of the subjects.
- Loss of useful time. As humans are not free of errors, similarly, technology is also not free of errors. There are many problems such as server error and connectivity problems that can occur during class. Some of them can take a long time to solve, which hinders the learning process, which can sometimes be a source of frustration for students and educators. The loss of time due to unnecessary problems is not recommended in schools or in any learning institute
- Misinformation. The owners of the many sources of information online are in a rush to rank their websites higher in the search engines, so they only concentrate on the rankings instead of the content. Many websites come with incorrect information that has been copied and pasted from other sources without verifying its authenticity. Therefore, students are many times wrong because of incorrect information that believed without checking for sources.
- Increase teaching challenges. In order for professors and teachers to keep abreast of technology, they may need to retrain. Those who have taught their whole life using traditional methods may not be very susceptible to the changes that apply.
Writer’s Bio: Joan Young is an aspiring journalist and copywriter with a deep interest in sociology, inventions and technological progress. In a spare from travelling minute, she provides online tutoring sessions to international students and finds immense pleasure in witnessing their writing progress. Some of her insights can be found in her author’s column on AdvancedWriters blog.