Technology, as most of us know by now, is advancing at a rapid pace. This means technology is becoming cheaper, more efficient, and becoming more accessible to the average person. Nearly every school nowadays seems to have some sort of modern technology ranging from computers to smartboards. However, according to an article written by Rebecca Klein, technology can actually be hindering students rather than helping.
One major point that Klein emphasizes is that a balanced use of computers is beneficial in today’s age. In the OECD countries, the students who practiced moderate use of computers seemed to be at the top, followed by students who rarely used computers, followed by students who use computers frequently. This point proves that computers can help a student learn, but oversaturation can actually cause them to do worse. This is so dangerous because often we view technology as very important, which gives it the power to influence us. Students may be drawn to schools with new technology because they can get a free laptop, when realistically this may actually cause them to do worse then students who rarely use computers at all.
Another important point is that digital skills are becoming more and more necessary. This means that students must have knowledge on how to use computers, but this can be difficult to achieve. Students can't learn too much on computers or they seem to do worse, but they must also learn how to use computers to make it in the modern world. Nearly every job nowadays is integrated with technology and more jobs are becoming available to those who know how to use technology. Learning how to use digital programs is deceivingly difficult and expensive. This expense forces more funding to go toward technology, which leads us to a major issue.
The major dilemma that seems to arise from introduction of new technology is allocating resources wisely, so that new technology can be introduced, but teachers also have the necessary experience to use it productively. This problem is especially apparent in disadvantaged countries, which are often granted computers from donations or some sort of government funding. Just exposing students to new technology does not mean that they will know how to use it, and teachers will probably have very limited knowledge. If a teacher cannot effectively use technology then students will have tough time learning and resources are wasted.
Overall, while I think the article was well written, the stats included were a little vague. It often talks about students using computers for schoolwork but I was a little unsure of what exactly this meant. A point that seemed to slip through the cracks was if teaching with technology, such as smartboards or slideshows helped. These minor issues aside, I think that the major point to take away is that both teachers and technology are vital to education, but the proper balance must be achieved to unlock students full potential.