In todays society, education had expanded beyond a dictionary and some book. Students today have more resources to benefit their education than ever before; however, the only problem is that these resources aren’t being fully taken advantage of. The web has an infinite amount of information on just about everything. I guarantee that you could ask google just about any question and there will still be some sort of relevant web result. This put people, more specifically students or learners in general, at a great advantage, IF ONLY we were all educated enough to maneuver how it works.
Anyone can do a google search, which is a reliable tool today, but this ability is just barely skimming the surface of what else technology is capable of, but for most, this is all we know. We are growing parallel to technology, but in order to keep up, we must be understanding along side it. I have found myself falling behind in the race between my educational development and technological development. Of all my years of schooling, being a junior in college, I have taken 2 or 3 classes that have strengthen my ability to use technology to my advantage. And now, even that information from middle school is being recycled out because who needs to know everything about Microsoft word when I use Google Drive anyways.
It is the responsibility of educators to keep student up to date with technology because it is such a primary resource and tool that is used. It is important that learners have some source of incoming knowledge on how to actively use technology to their greatest advantage. Times are definitely changing and technology is a very prominent component in todays society. When broken down simply, it’s like emphasizing the importance in having the ability to read so that you can learn from books. If you can’t read, you can’t gain any knowledge from anything written and in turn struggle with day to day tasks. Here, in todays society, if you can’t work technology, well then you can’t capture the information that the web has to offer, and again, in turn struggling with staying up to date. Comparing the importance of reading to the ability to use technology seems a bit blown out of proportion, but really it is true.
This semester alone, I have been exposed to more technology in the class room than I ever have been before. I must admit that this was very intimidating at first, but that just goes to show my lack of ability that I should have been getting all along. This is something that should be taught and practiced in the classrooms. I understand that this is still new to us and people are still adjusting to this change, but it is only going to become more prominent in our day to day lives. So many people are already so behind in their ability to work technology, so it is important that we start practicing now. There is so much potential and information to be offered that is unfortunately going unnoticed.
This is something that school systems should be working towards, not taking away. I know some teachers and/or professors that don’t allow any sort of technology in the classroom whether it be a phone, computer, etc. And though I do understand the arguments that stand for technology being a distraction, I think here that the good out weighs the bad. It’s important to look at the bigger picture and to prioritize our options. It is harmful to a persons education to take away such an important resource in todays world. In my experience, for example, I find it very helpful when I’m in Spanish class and can use my phone or laptop to looks up a word. One, this is more time efficient than to look up a word in a dictionary. And two, I benefit from getting the word I needed so I will know it for future reference opposed to just struggling around it.
Technology is not going anywhere. There is no sense in re-enforcing the use and importance of a dictionary because there is now something better being offered. I think it should be a newly set goal and standard for teachers, whether it be elementary school or college, to prioritize the development of technology for education.