The Benefits of Technology in Schools

By: Angel Franco
OwlFeed Journalist

Do you believe that the computers in school are beneficial to students such as yourself? If so, can you prove it?

Binbin Zheng, Assistant Professor at Michigan State University and Mark Warschauer, Professor of Education and Informatics and the University of California, Irvine, found “significant benefits. We found students’ test scores in science, writing, math and English language arts improved significantly. And the benefits were not limited to test scores.”

When students were given the opportunity to use technology in school, scores were improved and there was an increase in engagement.

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Technology given to the students are also a leading factor in becoming more organized, not only for the students but the teachers as well. “Course management platforms allow teachers to organize resources and allow students to access them online,” said Tanya Mozias, a UK writer who writes about education, parenting and Linguistic technology.

Technology allows for students to more efficiently receive support from their educators. For example, you miss a day of class, however with your computer, you can pull up the lecture notes online, see class discussions and reach out to other classmates or advisors if you have any questions.

Teachers are also able to better personalize their lesson based on the students’ class and limitations. Computers create a one-to-one environment for the students and gives teachers the full advantage of using the technology and internet to its fullest extent.

Many individuals have debated over the topic of technology in the classroom, many say that it should be allowed because there are many educational tools to help students and many jobs require some use of technology in the field. A concerned parent offered the opposing claim, however, saying that “Becoming addicted to your technology and causing health hazards such as the signal that the tech gives off can affect your brain in ways and the belief that the students are always off task, playing games, listening to music and distracting the learning of the other students.”

Technology in school has its upsides and downsides, but overall it is how strict the technology is enforced to see a change in amount of benefit for the students. It is the 21st century, technology is something that we live through and especially by students.

By integrating a classroom online, teachers are able to change the way that they teach and students are able to learn at their own pace, creating a better understanding on topics therefore being better prepared for exams and quizzes.