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Technology is Changing and Reshaping our Future

Over the past few decades, technology has swept the first world nations. It has become a reality that technology and education are now integrated. No longer do students mindlessly stare at a chalkboard or listen to a professor speak for hours on end. Technology is reshaping the way we learn in classrooms in a beneficial way because it offers new ways of learning such as online articles or journals, credible webs sources, YouTube, or even video games, and makes it more convenient for everyone. As time goes by we will see this changes more and more.

Anywhere from 20 years ago and before that, students did not have access to cellular phones or laptops with wireless Internet in their classrooms. They followed the traditional form of education where one would take notes with a pen and paper and either listen to the professor or fall asleep for the duration of class. Students back then could not simply look something up on Google, Wikipedia, or any site for that matter. When doing homework or a research assignment they would have to use the old fashioned library book method, which now is almost redundant because of the vast amount of easily accessible information on the Internet.

Nowadays the Internet is so easy to access that it’s at almost every student’s fingertips at all times via cellphones or laptops. According to Moore’s Law, technologies will double every 18 months, becoming twice as small, twice as fast, and twice as cheap; thus, it will be even easier for students to access (Kaku, 20). So now instructors face the reality of technology making a huge impact in classrooms, and instead of avoiding it, they’re going to have to come up with ways to implement it into the education system because technology is and will continue to increase.

How can we Integrate Technology into Education?

One very interesting way to combine technology and education would be to implement video games into the education system. Now just over 30 years old, video games have become very pervasive and profitable, swarming the first world nations (Squire, 2). However, by video games I do not mean games like Call of Duty or Halo, because those are meant for entertainment only and carry little to no educational value. What I do mean, however, are games that carry a high educational value. For example, back in high school I took a keyboarding class and there was a program we used called All the Right Type 3. The program was not solely a game; it consisted of tutorials and typing tests as well as the game aspect to it. However, I felt that the game aspect of the program was the most efficient at teaching me how to type. The fact of having to type a certain amount of words in a certain amount of time in order to beat the objective at hand made me try harder and want to learn how to type faster. Another benefit of video games in the classroom is that they can offer more practical skills than a simple lecture. For instance, say there’s a student who wants to be a mechanic and he/she wants to learn how to build an engine, he/she could have a lecturer tell him/her how to do it, but it wouldn’t help him/her much until he/she were achieved hands on experience. However, if he/she were to use a video game simulation of building the engine, he/she could get a much more in-depth idea of how the engine works. Video games are just one of the many conveniences of having technology integrated with the education system.

How Does Technology Convenience Students and Teachers Educationally?

Technology has made the educational aspect of life much more convenient for students. “Students are asking for more online courses. She is meeting with Jim Flower to see if he can provide some more resources to enable her to offer her another online course. He has a more radical suggestion: Why not put the whole program online?” (Bates, Sangra, 150). This quote is from a non-fictional book that shows one of the major conveniences for students; online learning. Some students have the inability to commute far distances, or they have the desire to study abroad but can’t afford the living expenses. Online learning is a very strong solution for both of those problems. If one wants to take a course that is only available in a University in a different country and they can’t afford to live there, they could take it online from their own house, which was not available in the past. Another problem a student could encounter would be wanting to take two courses but the time schedules of each course interfere. By taking one of the courses online one could have both classes that they desire.

Technology in education is not only a big convenience for students. It affects the teachers a great deal as well. Teachers now do less teaching than before the integration of technology. “The literature reflects a shift in teacher role from the more teacher directed approach to one of being a guide, facilitator and co-learner” (Machnaik, “Teacher Roles”). The new generation of students is way more accustomed to technology than the teachers (in most cases), therefore forcing the teachers to co-learn the new technologies to be caught up with the students. Thus, less pressure is put on teachers and more on the reliance of technology. Another way teachers benefit from technology is; they now have the option to put assignments and/or information on a website, usually a school website such as www.capilanou.moodle.ca. By putting assignments online it conveniences the teachers in the sense that they don’t have to print out an assignment or explain it to anyone, unless they need further information, as well as the fact that they can have the assignments submitted and marked online. Students and teachers also mutually benefit with the implication of e-mails. Instead of having to meet face to face, which can easily conflict time schedules of teachers and students, they can just e-mail each other. This only takes a few seconds and they can reply whenever they have time.

It is fair to say that technology is sweeping our nation. Education is evolving just as rapidly as technology. So far our lives have become much easier education wise, but there are still improvements to be made. As the education system implements more and more techniques to integrate technology with education there will be more and more conveniences for students, professors, and administrators.


Works Cited

Bates, Tony. Managing Technology in Higher Education. San Francisco: Wiley, 2011. Print.
Machnaik, Julie. Investigating the Effect(s) of Technology Integration on Teaching Practices That May Lead to the Development of a Community of Learners. University of Saskatchewan, Mar. 2002. Web. 09 Dec. 2012.
Kaku, Michio. Physics of the Future. New York: Doubleday, 2011. Print.
Squire, Kurt. Video Games in Education. Massachusetts Institute of Technology, n.d. Web. 9 Dec. 2012.