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.
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