Does Technology=Better Grades?
In Fairfax County, Virginia, after the new Whiteboard technology was implemented into their schools, they saw a big increase in test scores and student performance in all grade levels. All technology companies are promising schools that by buying their educational technology devices it will ensure their students will do better in school and they will have improved test scores. People are starting to say that spending millions on new educational technologies is not only a waste of money, but it isn’t proven to help raise test scores and make the school any better, it just makes it different.
Technology is a great thing and it is very complicated so people can be scared of it. Scared of the vulnerability it could possibly create, because of hackers or because of the fact that they can’t control technology one hundred percent of the time. Regardless of people fears of technology it is something that needs to be added to schools curriculum, just based upon the fact that technology is incorporated in everyday life after school. In college and in work environments, technology is utilized a lot throughout life and it’s important for a student to be prepared and have a good knowledge of technology and how to use it.
Traditional people that don’t care for technology and who grew up without it feel that kids these days shouldn’t have such a constant access to technology and that it hinders their education rather then helping them. They feel that it creates too many shortcuts to the old way of reading a textbook and researching what they need to find. In some ways that could be true. With Google, you can find anything, essays pre-written for a cost, website explaining books and giving help on what the book was about so the student doesn’t have to read it, they also can literally type the question into Google and find the answer. So in a way, technology does create a lot of shortcuts and gives a lot of student’s opportunity for cheating.
Regardless if the Internet or technology in general gives kids more access to cheating or shortcuts, the kids that do this and try to get an easy way out of an assignment, they would have done so in another way if the technology weren’t available. They would have cheated of their peer in a test or paid a “nerd” to write the essay for them. Technology is such a great thing and it has helped so many people, and because it is now incorporation into schools, it is capturing the student’s attention more and making them feel more comfortable in the classroom. In this day and age, it’s important to incorporate this educational technology into classrooms because that’s what the future is. Our future is based on new technology and any job you have in the future will be relying on some sort of technological advancement weather you work in a supermarket or a law firm on Wall Street in a big city.
Patricia Hawke is a staff writer for Schools K-12, providing free, in-depth reports on all U.S. public and private K-12 schools. For more information please visit Fairfax School Ratings and Public Schools