As our technology advances, so does our need to use the latest and greatest technology at our fingertips, and it seems that us teens never want to put it down. We want to know more, we want to learn more, and we just want to become part of the latest and greatest so that we could “fit it” and not be outdated. It may seem like were glued to it, but we just want to be become a part of society, and not be part of the “odd ones out”.
“Technology is just a tool. In terms of getting the kids working together and motivating them, the teacher is most important.” – Bill Gates
We must not let other ideas get away from us. We know that we come to school to learn, but how are we to learn more unless we use the technology that gives us almost infinite knowledge at our fingertips? We must be growing in our forms of learning. How are we to learn when we still use the old paperback books of about 10 or 20 years ago? Info that we use in some textbooks can be too outdated, so having the newest technology will help us learn more with the new info that we are always obtaining by the forms of the internet and other official websites. Having this large flow of knowledge from all sources will help us to learn more than any kind of outdated book.
“The machine does not isolate man from the great problems of nature but plunges him more deeply into them” -Antoine de Saint-Exupery
Another subject that i personally like to think about with technology in the classroom is about the rising of Self-Esteem and Motivation. I myself have very low self-esteem, but at the hands of a computer, I love everything i do and the results I get from doing it. Many teachers around the country have also gained these kinds of results. Such as one school teacher said, “Kids like the immediate results. It’s not a result that you can get anywhere else except on the computer”. Students are able to gain instant praise or instant feedback on what they need to improve on. It allows us to become better faster, and helps us get the encouragement that we need, that teens and children these days as really lacking in through their normal school day.
So in my opinion, I think that technology is an essential item to have in the classroom, and I know students can really benefit from being close to technology since students are now able to get information in a matter of SECONDS. It also helps students struggle with self-esteem and allows students to become better people while still giving them the feedback that they need to also become better students in general while shaping them to become better/more comfortable with technology when they become older and only see more of it when the time comes.
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