5 Myths About Classroom Technology

Arguments against Classroom Technology in School.  These are some of the biggest myths about classroom technology in school…and here’s why they’re unfounded:

1. Social limitations. Some argue that students who use technology in school regularly will be less socialized than students who are forced to interact only with other students. The idea here is that technology is a substitute for human interaction, and will have a negative effect on developing children’s social skills.

2. Distractions. Some parents argue that technology poses more of a distraction than anything. Children could use their tablets to play games unrelated to the learning process, or refuse to follow the curriculum when a device is in front of them.

3. Stifling of cognitive development. It’s true that our overreliance on technology can cause the deterioration of certain cognitive skills. For example, if you rely exclusively on GPS systems to navigate, related cognitive skills like navigation, memory, and spatial reasoning start to decline over time. If you only teach a child to use a calculator, for example, they may never learn to do math problems in their head.

4. Test score effects. There are some isolated case studies of schools that have adopted technology, only to find their standardized test scores unimproved. An article from the New York Times pointed to a school system in Arizona that invested more than $33 million into new technology, yet saw little-to-no improvement in the standardized test scores of its students.

5. Technology is expensive. Perhaps one of the best arguments against the use of technology in the classroom is the fact that technology is expensive to adopt, and may not yield benefits in proportion to that cost. The average American school district spends about $12,000 per child, while the cost of a single tablet or computer could eat up $500 alone.

The information for this post was taken from an article by Anna Johansson in eSchool News, follow this link for the complete article and the rationale to debunk these 5 myths.