Advantages of Using Technology in Education

Last week I talked about a disadvantage that technology has brought to education, which was cyber bullying. Without technologies such as mobile phones, computers, and tablets, cyber bullying would not be possible. Although cyber bullying is just another form of bullying, this form of bullying has given bullies the opportunity to bully and confront their victims in an anonymous way. However, although this may seem like a big disadvantage in technology, there are also big advantages for using technology in education.  

One of the main advantages of using technology within education is the way students are now able to access information. By using the internet they are able to access a vast amount of information covering an infinite number of subjects. Students are now able to research much more than what the teacher teaches them and what they read in textbooks. It is not only information about subjects that students are now able to access, they are also able to access online libraries and journal articles whereas years ago students had to rely on textbooks and library books to gather their information. One study found that solving scientific problems through computer simulation is beneficial when learning about science (Ryoo, 2010). However, teachers must be careful not to assume that every student has access to the internet at home when setting homework. They need to make sure that each child is able to complete their homework with or without the use of the internet.  

Another advantage is that students are now able to take online tests. They are able to test their knowledge on a certain subject and receive a grade back instantly. According to research, when students receive real-time assessment and feedback, significant benefits are seen in learning achievements and the learning attitudes of students (Wu et al., 2012). There is a BBC website that schools in Britain promote called Bitesize. They have material from Key Stage 1 through to GCSEs in which students can revise their knowledge and then take the tests (http://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/). At the end of the tests the students are told which answers they got correct or incorrect and then also the correct answer if their answer was incorrect. Students then know what they know well and what they need to work on and concentrate their revision on.

From the above points it is clear that there are definite advantages that come from using technology within education. Anything that enhances learning in students can only be a good thing in education. Children nowadays are growing up with technology and therefore they are becoming more and more computer literate as the years go by. There is also a lot more to technology in education than what can be mentioned in this blog such as educational games, creating powerpoints, posters, leaflets etc. If technology is only going to develop further over the next few years then it is a good thing that education is already implementing a lot of technology use into their classrooms. 

 

References

Ryoo, K. (2010). Learning science, talking science: The impact of a technology-enhanced curriculum on students’ science learning in linguistically diverse mainstream classrooms. ProQuest Information and Learning, 70. Retrieved from http://0-search.proquest.com.unicat.bangor.ac.uk/psycinfo/docview/622205280/141B6ED8054E61F49F/2?accountid=14874

Wu, P., Hwang, G., Milrad, M., K, H., & Huang, Y. (2012). An innovative concept map approach for improving students’ learning performance with an instant feedback mechanism. British Journal of Educational Technology, 43(2), 217-232. doi:10.1111/j.1467-8535.2010.01167.x 

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4 responses to “Advantages of Using Technology in Education”

  1. zzeiger says :

    Although limited research has been conducted on it, I personally think the use of games that come from technology are a great educator. Research*1 shows games have a brilliant ability to teach children literacy and language, and also suggests that children are very motivated to learn this way! In the context of language learning, the Goethe Instituut*2have created a German learning game to help integration of incomers to German speaking countries. Other language learning games include Memrise*3 and test your ability to recall words. Further technology from bookbox*4 creates videos to produce learning in the visual, auditory and written modalities. Multi-modalities has been seen as a huge benefit in education particularly in those with learning disorders*5. I think technology is vastly useful for learning. However, for children, it is important that the use of technologies are controlled. Due to the open lesson plan nature of the internet, it is a dangerous venture to place young children in front of the www without certain restrictions6*7*.
    *1http://dl.acm.org/citation.cfm?id=950595
    *2http://www.goethe.de/lrn/duw/lad/enindex.htm

    *3http://www.memrise.com/
    *4http://www.bookbox.com/
    *5http://www.vccaedu.org/inquiry/inquiry-spring98/i21hodge.html
    *6http://online.liebertpub.com/doi/abs/10.1089/cpb.2005.8.473

    *7http://www.lse.ac.uk/media%40lse/research/EUKidsOnline/EUKidsII%20(2009-11)/ParticipatingCountries/UKReport.pdf

  2. psueef says :

    Depending on the technology it could be argued that some devices lead to too many distractions within education. I know when I was at school the temptation to play online games, instead of completing work I should have been completing, was too high leading to little work done in lessons. Firewalls are not restrictive enough currently in schools, and most children are aware of proxy servers that will bypass firewalls, which ironically could be viewed as more creative and initiative deeper thinking.

    However one device that increases participation in education is PRS handsets. These are shown to increase attendance, attention and actual preparation for exams (Burnstein & Lederman, 2001). Furthermore they can increase exam scores by 25% (Hake, 1998).

    As you adequately put in your conclusions “anything that enhances learning in students can only be a good thing in education”. Although I believe careful considerations as to which technology should be used and when, I am an advocate of increasing the technology use within education.

    —–Ref—–

    Burnstein, R. A., & Lederman, L. M. (2001). Using Wireless Keypads in Lecture Classes. The Physics Teacher, 39(1), 8-

  3. emmapsuee7 says :

    I agree with your point that “anything that enhances learning in students can only be a good thing in education.” Technology is continuously advancing and our education system should be taking advantage of this to ensure that they can provide the best education possible for the next generation. You have listed some examples of the use of technology in education, such as games. Video games in education have been a popular topic across a number of blogs, with there being a lot of research to support their effectiveness. When done appropriately, video games can be beneficial, as there is so many skills that can be incorporated into educational games, which are not only academic but also skills needed for everyday life such as cooperation and ethical and moral decision making (Prensky, 2006). Blended learning, an overlap between physical and virtual environments has been found to be highly beneficial (Shen, Reynolds, Bonk and Brush, 2013).

    References:

    Prensky, M. (2006). Don’t Bother Me, Mom, I’m Learning!: How Computer and Video Games are Preparing Your Kids for 21st Century Success and how You Can Help!. St. Paul: Paragon House.
    Shen, Y. W., Reynolds, T. H., Bonk, C. J., & Brush, T. A. (2013). A Case Study of Applying Blended Learning in an Accelerated Post-Baccalaureate. Journal of Educational Technology Development and Exchange (JETDE), 6(1).

  4. Jessica says :

    I can definitely see that are many beneficial aspects of using technology within education. However, to reach its full benefits, the teacher who is leading the class, needs to also be experienced in using technology in order for it to work at it’s best. If they don’t feel comfortable, there is chance that the teacher could use an assistant to help them.
    Li (2007) looked into students and teachers views about technology. It was found that students tend to hold more positive views on technology than teachers. Teachers were much less enthusiastic about it. Li found that two of the 15 teachers had used computers frequently, but only if students have strong academic background and if they were comfortable with the subjects they were teaching.
    Therefore, if teachers were to use computers in their classes, it help for them to feel comfortable using them too and confident in their subject area in order to get the best out of it.

    References:
    Li, Q. (2007). Student and teacher views about technology: A tale of two cities? Journal of Research on Technology in Education, 39(4), 377.

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