The Glitches in Classrooms

By Tahmid Ahmed

Throughout history, technology has influenced the way we think. In Japan, among other countries, individuals are able to generate innovations that we never even thought of. Curved TV’s, 3-D printers, even controller-less video games.

Are we using too much technology, though? That’s a question many parents are debating as schools use computers as a form of teaching.

Last year, President Obama wanted every school to get a laptop, tablet, or smartphone into the hands of every student, which rounds up to a total of 49.8 million American children in 2017. The shift in traditional methods of teaching to modern day teaching is occurring at a rapid pace.

But what about the traditional method? What about the chalkboards that are now being replaced by Smartboards?

I feel like schools are relying on technology too much. Whenever a concept is to be learned, teachers may put a video explaining the topic on the Smartboard. What’s the point of school if certain teachers aren’t teaching and a guy in front of a camera is?

In Los Angeles, there is a $500 million plan to buy an iPad for every student. This raised many questions amongst members of the school board because of the function and price of the plan.

I believe buying an iPad for every student would not only be costly but also wouldn’t make a drastic change, because an iPad is not a necessity. Students need a quality education provided by their teachers.

When teachers are explaining a concept, students are able to comprehend at a better pace and are more involved in the learning. Many times a student will doze off when watching a video because of its monotony.

Mr. Fine, a history teacher, says, “It depends on what the technology is used for. Technology is only good when it serves a definitive purpose.”

Technology in schools shouldn’t serve as the most reliable method of teaching. It sole purpose should be a way of aiding students.

Although, computers shouldn’t be a necessity for students, I do believe they should be used occasionally.

Computers changed the way we view the world. People are able to use many electronic devices swiftly compared to prior generations. They are also useful in improving the quality of student’s education, but should not replace a teacher.

For example, computers are useful in teaching spelling, grammar, and vocabulary in the form of games for young students. Thus, they provide an engaging environment for students while helping to build their foundations of knowledge.

Furthermore, it saves us an estimated 46,800 sheets of paper a year.

Overall, though, computers shouldn’t be the primary approach to teaching, but should be used to help better prepare students. The traditional style of teaching should be the main method of learning, since it allows students to have a better grasp on knowledge.

But who knows: maybe we’ll live to see the day when the Regents are be administered online.

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