We live in a technology obsessed world where we continuously use our smartphones. Apps are available for almost any need, including banking, travel and shopping. We can do everything on our phones. But that’s not all, young children are now being brought up with technology all around them, being gifted iPad’s and tablets for Christmas. What happened to the generation of playing outside and creating your own games?
That’s not to say technology is a bad addition to our lives, it’s very useful, life-changing and accessible. You can connect with people worldwide with a simple click of a button. Over the last decade technology has developed and seen significant changes. Artificial intelligence and machine learning have become a common amenity in the tech and science industry. As a result, new jobs are being created from the use of the internet – blogging, website content and social media, jobs that weren’t available 10 years ago.
Why does it need to change?
The technological change we’re experiencing affects everything, from businesses to hospitals to schools. The BBC say the educational system “had to change drastically to accommodate the pace of technological change.” Remember when you were in school your teachers used blackboards and chalk? Then it evolved into whiteboards? The educational system must change again to keep up with the times, but the funds for upgrading equipment and software are hard to come by. The cost of replacing all existing teaching methods is extortionate meaning schools will often keep outdated devices and software.
The demand for change in education stems from the developing job market, new jobs are becoming available and some of which don’t exist yet. The children currently enrolled in school and those of future generations need to be equipped with the hard skills required for employment. Nowadays children know a lot about technology as it’s available everywhere. They need to know how to use technology and how their lives can benefit from using a computer system.
What are the benefits of using technology in the classroom?
A study by Barbie Clarke found “68% of primary schools and 69% of secondary schools across Britain currently use tablets.” Tablets are being used in the classroom because they are interactive and encourage more pupils to engage and participate in classroom activities. The advanced systems of tablets can aid each individual pupil by catering to different types of learners. A traditional classroom scenario of textbook-based learning may not be the most suitable way to teach all pupils. Learning can be provided by using games, music and even e-books, and teachers also have the ability to access online teaching materials. So overall, tablets used in the classroom instead of traditional textbooks and pen and paper are helpful for both the teacher and the pupil.
As the digital world evolves, changes are expected to be seen in the classroom. Maybe one day classes will be taught by robots!