One of today's "Hot Topics" in education is the use of technology in the classroom. The term "technology" encompasses a wide array of learning tools, including computers, Smart Boards, iPads, Kindles, and interactive videos. In some schools, the push for technology is overwhelmingly clear; each student uses an iPad on a daily basis, and entire lessons are given with the aid of a Smart Board. Other schools, however, lack the funding necessary for technology. Does this mean the students cannot learn?
Some school administrators argue that the increasing use of technology in the modern-day classroom is inevitable: No longer can teachers rely on traditional chalkboard learning. Today's students, who grow up in the age of the internet, learn best through the engaging, interactive nature of technology-based learning. These administrators push for educational games, simulation-based learning, and even social media as a means to teach material in new ways.
Others see the opposite. For teachers and administrators who do not see the need for technology, this kind of learning can be distracting and counterproductive. School computers are not used for educational purposes, students use iPads to surf the web, and textbooks suddenly become absent. Real learning does not depend on advanced technology.
Is technology in the classroom a necessity?