Technology the only way for education advances

Strides have been made in the past in our education system. The average teacher/student ratio is now 15-1, which is down from 27-1 in 1970 (Statemaster; FCW). Jim Shelton, assistant deputy secretary for the U.S. Department of Education’s Office of Innovation and Improvement, calls further advancements in the classroom without technology “unlikely.” With the National Technology Education Plan, Shelton and his colleagues hope to continue the education advances through bringing technology to schools to better enhance the learning environment with a software that can even simulate 1-on-1 instruction.

The hardest part is getting people to take a risk from the current way to the future. They can see the benefits, but they get nervous about making a change. I wind up talking to a lot of folks, both on the demand side with states and school districts and with vendors on the supply side. – Jim Shelton (How technology can reinvigorate the education system)

Today, some 10 year-olds have their own cell phone and go home and hop on the computer. Students are no longer engaging solely in face-to-face communication, but through other means like instant message, videoconferencing, text messages, and chats over XBOX Live. The traditional ways of a teacher leading a classroom with a lesson on a white board is not going to cut it. You can argue that the reduced amount of in-person interaction can hurt student social development, but that is not going to change the fact that children and teens are infatuated as we are, if not more infatuated, with the technology available to them. Whether it is gaming systems, tablet computers, laptops, cell phones, or portable gaming devices, it seems kids are always using them. So, let’s use this technology to better this young generation’s education and development.

Imagine a learning environment where the lesson appears on a tablet on the student’s desk. Here, they can interact with the lesson – such as working math problems along with the teacher. The teacher can in turn, see where their students are struggling. Technology can enhance communication, in and outside the classroom. A student home sick with the flu no longer has to miss out on class. It does not stop there. Technology integration in the classroom has the ability to reduce paper usage and help preserve our environment. I predict the next generation of students will not even know what a paper, hardback textbook will look like, with the array of virtual textbooks available and adoption of the platforms occurring yearly. The possibilities are endless.

Where can you see technology being integrated into the classroom? What ideas do you have? Or, is it possible that technology can hamper the school environment?

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3 Responses to “Technology the only way for education advances”
  1. What a nice post. I really love reading these types or articles. I can?t wait to see what others have to say.

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