Positive and Negative effect on Technology

Technology is such a big part of the world of w which we live. Many of the jobs that did not require technology use in years past do require the use of technology today. Many more homes have computers than in years past and increasing numbers of people know how to use them. Technology is being used by children and adults on a daily basis by way of web surfing, texting, social networking, interactive games, and more ways. We are an evolving technological society and in many ways have become dependent on its use. Thus, the use of technology and teaching students have to use it has become a high priority in public schools.

Position Statement: Technology has a positive impact on student learning. Technology causes students to be more engaged; thus, students often retain more information. Because of the arrival of new technologies rapidly occurring globally, technology is relevant to the students. Technology provides meaningful learning experiences. Technology also provides hands-on learning opportunities that can be integrated into all school curricular areas, including mathematics, 3reading, science, and social studies as well as other academic subjects. It gives students opportunities to collaborate with their peers resulting in learning from each other. These factors combined can lead to a positive impact on student learning and motivation.

Another reason technology is a factor in improving learning is the fact that technology is becoming such an integral part of our everyday world. Most jobs today require some type of technology use. Also, students and adults are using technology on a daily basis to communicate, get information in multiple ways. The prevalent daily use of technology in people’s lives overall makes the use of technology very relevant to the students and provides a connection that will greatly benefit student learning.

Literature Review: Students today live in a very technological world. Most students use some form of technology on a daily basis including; texting, social networking, and web surfing. Students see these types of technologies as useful and extremely enjoyable. These very same students that are accustomed to these types of technologies will relate to using technology at school. If their learning environment mirrors the ways in which they engage with the world, they will excel in their education (Christen, 2009). Technology can transform the classroom into an interactive learning environment.

Technology is a powerful contributor to learning if it is used to deepen students’ engagement in a meaningful and intellectually authentic curriculum. Technology is a tool. It should be selected when it is the best tool for students to learn. Technology can be a particularly effective tool for English language learners and can enhance the participation of children with disabilities. Children in elementary schools should begin to use familiar technology tools as a part of their academic program. Teachers should model the use of technology in support of the curriculum so that children can see the appropriate use of technology and benefit from exposure to more advanced applications that they will use independently when they are older (De Pasquale, McNamara, & Murphy, 2003).

The evidence in this paper shows that technology has a positive effect on student learning expectations and outcomes. Evidence also shows that technology integration is becoming more common in public and private schools. Technology integration is shown to be effective in all age groups and is also shown to be helpful for students with special learning needs. To reiterate, technology integration has the following benefits:1) increased student motivation; 2) increased student engagement; 3) increased student collaboration; 4, increased hands-on learning opportunities; 5) allows for learning at all levels;6) increased confidence in students, and 6) increased technology skills. More.