Only a few decades ago, there was a standard set of school supplies that worked for education at any level: notebook, pencil or pen, and books. But the recent developments in technology have infiltrated schools as well, and these days it is not uncommon to see students relying on a variety of technological devices. Having a laptop is practically standard for many college students, and even younger students may be used to using computers, iPads, and various apps at home. Ehow discusses in “Advantages and Disadvantages of Technology in Education” whether these technological advancements are a good idea.
On the one hand, technology offers unparalleled access to information and different methods of teaching. Adults will remember having to go to the library or find an encyclopedia when they had to research a topic; these days, information on any topic is freely available online. Various apps and websites have also been created specifically to make learning engaging and interesting for the child, ensuring that they actually want to learn more.
But technology cannot offer everything. Some people believe that children’s increasing dependence on technology is reducing their interpersonal and communication skills. In addition, a computer is full of distractions for a child; it is very easy for them to take a break from their work and end up wasting too much time on a game, especially if they are not supervised. People may also get in the habit of multi-tasking, believing that this allows them to get more done. But recent studies have shown that very few people can truly multi-task, so those who are trying to do it are reducing their productivity. Technology has much to offer students of any ages, but like any other tool, it should be used in moderation.