Technology is now a fundamental part of today’s educational system.

However, it is not appreciated by all institutions, and some even claim it can do more harm than good in the class. Many teachers and professors argue that computers are distracting pupils and students, and that access to the internet interferes with the learning process. That can be true, but it’s up to the system to learn how to make it useful.

Educational technology experts argue that technology should be used a teaching medium that extends and fosters a student’s ability to learn. It is challenging to compel students to forget about social media and stay focused on programs that help them nurture their creativity and help them learn at a faster pace.


Teachers must understand the perks of technology to implement it into their curriculum

For teachers to be able to incorporate tech-based projects and activities into their daily curriculum, they must understand it first. They must learn to use the tools themselves, and fully grasp the terminology so that pupils and students can become fully aware of the educational benefits a computer can have. For many years, educators have been implementing computers at a stage 2 level – delivering instructions, crafting puzzles, producing reports and assessing a student’s academic process.

Some teachers claim that computers take space, and that maintenance costs are too high. Rather than spend money on a new computer, they argue that the money might have a better used on additional educational material. Others, however, can understand that there’s potential in advanced technology. Rather than assume that they’re useless, they choose to put them togood use and convert them into powerful educational weapons.

Progressive learning

Not all students are the same. All of them have different learning paces. Some grasp the information faster; others are slow learners. Nonetheless, this doesn’t mean that the first group is smarter than the latter. Technology can harmonize learning, and help individualize instruction. By using computer networks known as “integrated learning systems”, teachers can recommend individual learning modules for students, and thus help everyone fully grasp a process regardless of their learning abilities.

Such systems provide lessons that cover the exact same basic skills, but are taught differently to match the pace of the learners. With integrated learning systems, pupils and students can read or write at their own pace in a non-threatening environment, and thus develop a rock-solid foundation of skills as opposed to a wobbly foundation created by a calendar based progression.


Educational technologies are both intriguing and provoking

Graduates must have the capacity to evaluate, access, and communicate information. By the nature of its design, education technologies can provoke and intrigue students to pose questions, formulate opinions, enter debates, engage in critical thinking and problem solving, and test their perspectives on reality.  Online resources and tools permit them to evaluate and gather information efficiently; then they can use that information to communicate their findings. However, this form of communication may demand thinking, reading, crafting charts and graphs, or reproductions using databases and spreadsheets.

Technology can boost the quality and quality of a student’s writing and thinking abilities

One of the greatest advantages of a computer in education is that it visibly improves and develops a student’s writing abilities. Writing from a laptop or desktop PC boost speed and accuracy thanks to advanced programs such as Microsoft Word, which helps students spot spelling and grammar mistakes. Furthermore, additional tools such as and pupil assessment software programs help learners improve and perfect their writing skills.


Technology is puzzling, and even though some educational institutions can’t understand its benefits, it doesn’t mean it is useless. Yes, it can be distracting when used improperly. Access to the web should be granted for educational purposes only, and teachers must ban access to social media websites for pupils and students to learn actively and productively. Before making any assumptions, schools and colleges across the country should at least be open to what technology can provide. Rather than make rash decisions, they should first try it out and plan strategically for students to make the most of its educational potential. 

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Michael Clark is a regular contributor at many sites and mainly focuses on technology related topics. He also writes for Educater website providing school management and communication management software.

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