Technology in classrooms – is it the future?
These days, it’d be difficult to find a school that doesn’t use technology as a big part of everyday teaching. From the humble computer to the more modern and portable tablet, technology has the power to transform how students approach education. It isn’t limited to just those machines: a primary school in Lincolnshire has been using a special 4D room (which projects interactive video footage on floor to ceiling screens, accompanied by sound and lighting effects) since 2016.
Is technology in the classroom always a good thing, however? Like with all teaching approaches, there are pros and cons.
- Introducing new tech provides new resources, allowing students to respond to questions, participate in discussions and show what they have learned in different ways. Plus, students can make use of the internet to research subjects easily and thoroughly.
- Viewing and creating content (videos, pictures, blogs) can help even the most reluctant learners to stay engaged with the material. Educational apps normally take the form of a game, so students don’t feel like they’re learning even when they’re improving their maths or English skills.
- Students can learn the skills they need for living in a digital age – from primary to secondary school, to higher education and beyond. This could be from research, creating content, writing emails or distinguishing between reliable and unreliable content on the internet, which are all skills they can apply outside the classroom.
- It can be distracting, and some students may need extra help getting to grips with apps or programs. The use of technology must be closely monitored by staff, which can take away from teaching time.
- Not all students have access to the same technology outside of school. Setting homework which can only be completed online or through an app is fine for those who have access at home but, although rare nowadays, some families simply don’t. Also, some schools don’t have the funds to provide more than a few tablets or laptops per classroom.