Technology should be abolished from all primary schools, it’s teaching children skills they were brought up with and losing the key reading and handwriting skills. Ever increasing investment in technology is not leading to any improvement in results for the UK’s failing schools in international league tables.
UK Expenditure on Education
The UK’s expenditure on education is high and includes:
- £85.2 billion on education
- £800 million on primary education
- 30.8% of the total budget on primary education
- £900 million a year in the UK on education technology
With all this money being spent on education, there is little improvement on attainment and results achieved. Almost 70% of primary and secondary schools use tablet computers according to research, but with all this technology in schools, it doesn’t help those households who do not own a tablet or new technology and therefore have no usability knowledge.
Negative Impacts of Technology in School
1. Reliance on Technology
Technology is being relied upon more and more in schools, and children no longer see it as a luxury but more as a necessity. The more it advances in schools, the more iPads and computers will be taken for granted as children will see them be used for fun and become distracted as technology is inexpensive and widely available for most families.
2. Prevents Children From Engaging
Schools can be too quick to throw money at problems and introduce technology as a way to get children more interested in a subject when more engaging classroom practices and highly trained teachers would be a more efficient way to do so, instead of thinking does technology play a key role in teaching and classroom interaction. Schools and governments are instead pushing technology into schools to up-skill teachers and children alike.
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3. Technology in Schools Does Not Have Proven Results
By forcing technology into schools without thinking about whether it fits into a classroom environment is naive; studies show that no country has proven that investment in technology improves results even those countries who spend heavily cannot boast that feat. What is wrong with keeping an education system apart from the modern technological world we live in? Expenditure in this area could be used more wisely in the education sector that would benefit schools and pupils alike.
Positives of Technology in Schools
1. Children Learn Technology Skills—Important in Today's World
Technology does play a huge part in the multi media world children live in outside of school life both vocationally and socially. This modern era is very technologically orientated, and children will need to grasp a concept of it in order to be competitive in their working lives. We should therefore encourage students to engage with technology to define the way they learn to aid their development in readiness for the world outside of schooling.
2. Teachers Think Technology Helps
Technology has changed how educators teach in and outside of classroom environments as well as how children themselves learn. About 75% of teachers think that technology has a positive impact on the education process, according to a study. Learning is made fun for children with the inclusion of technology; tablets are slowly replacing textbooks in schools, which are not only outdated as soon as they are published but an ever-increasing expense for educational institutions.
Effects From Technology
1. Not All Children Have Equal Access to Technology
The UK is constantly falling behind countries with less economic and capital power than itself. Ensuring access and opportunities for every child to reach the baseline level of skill in both maths and reading will increase the scope to create equal opportunities in the modern era rather than assisting access to modern technological devices.
2. Technology Affects Academic Performance
It’s not just the economic and capital investment in technology that can be deemed as ineffective but also the effect it has on children’s performance, and the damage technology can create on a child is just as negative. Children of this generation are becoming more and more addicted to the use of technology; this attachment can have an effect psychologically on children, such as distraction, narcissism, and even depression, to name a few. A child’s mental and physical health can also be affected by the overuse of technological devices.
3. Technology Creates More Problems Than It Solves
When looking at the positives and negatives of technology in schools, a number of areas prove technology creates more problems than it solves. Schools are now run more like businesses; they don’t comprehend the needs of the pupils in their institutions or teachers that provide pupils with an education.
4. Teachers Aren't Properly Trained
Teachers are not properly trained with technology to make it an effective learning tool in the classroom, children’s constant use of technology inside and outside of school is leading to addiction and dependence on its use. This overuse of technology can affect their brain and lead to distraction as well as poor memory due to constant use of gaming, social media sites, and tablets inside and outside of schools.
The overall outlook for technology in schools should be to abolish it entirely other than to be used by teachers and for interactive whiteboards that children with special and additional needs depend on.
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