Pros and Cons of Using Technology in Education System

Technology has become part of our daily lives. It is being applied in the education sector to effectively increase teacher-student learning. It will be both beneficial and also problematic for students in a learning environment.

 

Pros:

1.    Technology can bring classroom excitement: In today’s digital world, students are getting excited about using technological devices like laptops, tablets, smartphones and other similar devices.

2.     Provides countless resources for education purpose: Technology can make learning more fun and effective. Students can choose among the various resources and learning techniques depending on their learning interests.

3.     Automate tasks: Technology can be used to automate tasks within an institution. Tools like Top Hat can be used to automate grading system for student’s performance and streamline their writing assignments.

4.     Provide instant access to information: Technology has improved learning for students through a multimedia application like YouTube where students can watch an explanation video on the internet.

5.     Help students improve their presentation skills: As internet keeps on growing, students need to know how to maintain a good online presence, be able to collaborate with other students through emails and other social platforms. This enables them to stay up front and learn life skills through the modern technology.

6.     Helps prepare for the future: We are living in a digital age where technology has been the order of the day. Implementing technology in the education curriculum will help in building future foundation of success to students.

7.     Technology gives students more opportunities to learn at their own pace.

8.     With exposure to technology while at school, students will be less intimidated by technology in the future and will be more prepared to handle technological issues in their career.

9.     Using technology in conjunction with the lesson being taught increases student’s teacher engagement and promote more understanding to the student.

10.     It allows students to get more information, find answers or even get more questions from teachers to work on without leaving their desks.

 

Cons:

1.     Distraction: Students can easily be distracted by accessing social media sites instead of learning or start tweeting and snap chatting during classroom.

2.     It discourages creativity: Most of the technology-based games are automated. This limits the imaginative and creative way of thinking since they don’t engage their mind in problem-solving tasks.

3.     Encourages cheating: Use of technology has encouraged easier access to other student’s assignments. When teachers give easy tasks like essays, tests or reports, students can easily find that information online and copy it.

4.    Limit social interactions: Depending on technology for classroom assignments will affect the social interactions among the students who spend more time isolated from others.

5.     Security concerns: With emerging cybersecurity issues, student’s online data and institutions network can easily be compromised.

6.     It poses a health risk. If students stay on a computer screen a long time, it will affect their eyesight and it can be hard for their brain to relax and unwind.

7.     Encourages laziness. Since technology gives them a lot of information by the click of an icon, students may not feel a need to go the extra mile in doing traditional research using textbooks.

8.     No equal access to technological resources. Some students may not have all the resources needed to facilitate learning thus the need to work in groups.

9.     Difficult to distinguish between reliable and unreliable sources from the internet.

10.     Technology may not be utilized to its fullness in a classroom setup. Students only use technology for research and access to word processing software in class.

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