So, when I say that technology is fusing into the education field, I might get a few deadly stares and a lot of weird, strange disagreeing noises from the elders. I mean, no offense, our elders have been through their fair share of education and they have studied without using any kind of technology(without even
Google, can you believe me?).
I recently took it upon myself to round up the very educated and well versed professionals(old I might add, although the word "old " was not liked by many), so can I say I had a hearty chat with experienced(pause for reaction) members of the society, I kind of held a discussion session about using technology in education, to which I got a lot of lifted eyebrows and bundles of questions. The gist of the discussion by the elders were-
1) Why to distract a child from education with a frequent use of technology?
2) The use of technology might bring inefficiency as a child might start to rely on the given technology and might not be able to do things independently.
3) We have also studied ,gave examinations and we are doing absolutely fine in our lives, why this haywire of technology is being introduced in education?Aren't the traditional methods just okay for the kids?
I patiently listened to the concerns raised by my fellow friends(some of them are really friendly and jovial), then I responded them in my own sweet way, point by point.
1) I completely understand your concern of students being distracted, but the technology we use in education is completely based on the offered curriculum. The indulgence of technology will only make the curriculum richer and easier to retain.For example, usage of smart boards in school level that uses media, videos, worksheets etc to expand the curriculum.
2) I agree to the fact that students of this era rely too much on technology, but then, we have introduced a plethora of technologies which only help them when they are on such a stage where they need some help. For example: Usage of
Rref Calculators to carry out difficult mathematical matrices calculations. This calculator transforms any matrix into the reduced row echelon form. Once the matrix is transformed into the reduced row echelon form, it can be easily used in linear algebra.
3) In your time, rote learning was something very common and generally, students studied on for the purpose of scoring well in examinations. But nowadays, the only purpose of education is not only passing in exams with flying colors, but also understand thoroughly what they have studied and apply them in their daily lives.
My arguments appealed to some people and some still seem offended by my choice of arguments. Anyhow, I cannot make everyone happy(I am not an ice cream, of course), so I chose to be happy with what I had to offer on the table, that is, my undivided opinion that technology plays a massive role in establishing a good quality environment for education.