Five negative impacts of technology in the classroom
Making students lazier
This is one of the major complaints teachers have about students these days. Rather than spending the time needed to do good research on a topic, most students implement that time to simply Google the answers. When they can’t find what they are looking for in the first few search results, they give up and invariably say: “I can’t do it. I don’t know.” Thanks to search engines, these students think that the answer should be available to them instantly and when it isn’t, they give up. To sum up, technology might be eating up on the enthusiasm and spirits of students to work hard and keep trying.
Making students stupid
Considering most students expect to find answers instantly, they have forgotten how to engage in the critical thinking that would ordinarily allow them to find answers on their own. Another impact technology is having is that it is shortening the attention spans of students. According to Pew, 90 per cent of teachers believe this to be true. Many students cannot differentiate between valid and non-valid sources of information; as a result, many of them believe Instagram posts are valuable sources of information while doing academic writing.
“Turn that off” is now a common phrase in classrooms because students are constantly on their cell phones or laptops – playing games and texting, when they should be listening to the instructions of the teacher. Students are losing a valuable opportunity to learn while teachers are losing their patience with the students.
Seen as a solution to every problem
There are many problems in classrooms across the country and technology is expected to solve each one of them. Technology can’t solve all of them and in some cases in fact, it exacerbates these problems. But technocrats in Silicon Valley are insistent that they can bring about an eutopian society that is devoid of problems and they can lobby Congress frequently to force unwanted technologies and curriculums on schools across the country.
Not preparing everyone
Technology prepares students for the future – This is popular slogan politicians love to throw around but it is not completely true. Due to various factors ranging from parenting to IQ, not all students can grasp how to make proper use of technology other than to play games and listen to music. As a result, much of the money spent on technology in the classroom is actually going down the gutter and expectations in terms of productivity are not met.
As you can see, there are many benefits and drawbacks to using technology in the classroom. Like most things in life, we have to take the good with the bad.