The other day, a friend and I got into a discussion about young children using technology. As a dad of a little one he was genuinely interested in my research on tech use and was asking tons of questions. I’ve come to realize that my blog has turned introspective of the entire edtech movement, trying to divine how we can navigate the murky waters we find ourselves in.
And that led to this three-part blog series: The Good, the Bad, and the Balance.
November 5: The Good
November 6: The BadNovember 7: The Balance
This may seem to be an exercise in the obvious, but it’s important to recognize why we are working so hard to bring technology to our students. Here are five reasons why I believe it’s important to delve into educational technology.
- Technology isn't going away anytime soon. From money management to ordering a sub, if you’re not on the technology bandwagon it will be harder to maintain any sort of lifestyle in America.
- Jobs are becoming more technical. I remember back in the day when I wrote in a grade book and figured report card grades via calculator. Those days are history in education, but all jobs are going high tech as well. As one someone in the banking field told me, having a basic IT education would reduce helpdesk requests manifold in companies and save lots of money.
- Facts are at our fingertips. Remember when we had to go to a bookshelf or a library to find information? Remember what it was like to look up a word in a dictionary? Now we can find answers to anything we want in seconds with a few taps on the screen.
- Technology allows collaboration like never before. We have the ability to connect with people from all around the globe and thereby gain knowledge and expertise. Plus, by publishing our work online, we can get global recognition and feedback.
- Innovation, creativity, and coding are wonderful things. If you can combine all three of these things in your life, you have some major tools for a successful career.
What do you think are some of the benefits of teaching technology in schools?