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Is There Too Much Technology in the Classroom?

Instructor: Jason Baker

Jason has master's degress in business administration and school psychology and a bachelor's in psychology.

Whether or not there's too much technology in the classroom is an issue that makes for a good debate. Here you'll learn about less debatable material: the pros and cons of having technology in the classroom.

Advantages of Technology in the Classroom

Students as well as teachers can benefit from having more than just blackboards and overhead projectors. Consider the following advantages of using different technologies in the classroom:

  • Students can become familiar with equipment they'll likely see in the workplace.
  • Electronic textbooks can be instantly updated to get the most current info, while the content in traditional hardback and paperback textbooks is fixed.
  • Technology lets students build collaboration skills through tasks such as document sharing.
  • Teachers are able to use various programs and apps for formative assessments that can help guide any needed adjustments to lesson plans.
  • Technology also gives teachers different options for differentiated instruction.

Disadvantages of Technology in the Classroom

Technology in the classroom also can have its drawbacks. Before implementing new teaching methods that use technology, evaluate its usefulness compared to the following obstacles:

  • The mere presence of technology may distract students during activities and lessons.
  • Technology can reduce the number of face-to-face interactions that students have, which may negatively impact the development of social skills.
  • Failure of technology and devices to work properly can disrupt the flow of a lesson plan.
  • The amount of time it takes for teachers and students to learn any new technologies could cut into the time needed to learn about the subject matter.

Study.com Resources

Whether you're an advocate of technology use in class or not, Study.com offers several resources that provide guidance on the best use of technologies as teaching tools. The lessons in Technology in the Classroom address various classroom technology tools and the results of research on their use. The Blended Learning Models and Solutions for Teachers course shows how technology has enabled the creation of different self-paced models of learning along with the associated benefits.

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