Technology is all around us
As we have witnessed through recent years, modern technology has become an integral part of our everyday life for all, whether this be for communication, social networking, or web surfing. For young people especially in school, the presence of modern technology is mirrored in their educational experience. This, in some ways can be seen as useful, and essential, as having experience with the use of technology provides a great foundation for their adult lives as most jobs require some type of technology (and even require online applications) and so having earlier experience with technology in learning can be relevant for the future.
Positives of technology in education
Now, thinking back to our time in education, I’m sure we all remember the view of the white or blackboard. The paper ticked registers for class and newsletters we had to take home for our parents. But with the introduction of modern technology, all of this has become less common. The integration of technology has allowed teachers to now, not only access but utilise a variety of resources to best cater to a wider variety of individual needs. Now lessons are usually conducted through PowerPoints, which provide amazing visuals for young students and the interactive whiteboard has added many new dimensions to how subjects are taught. A study conducted by the Solution of Life (SOL) found that interactive whiteboards draw the attention of 80%-90% of students. And so, in this blog, we will be exploring and discussing how modern technology has impacted primary school education.
Negatives of technology in education
Although technology has shown many positive impacts on primary school education. The negatives cannot be easily looked over. With the reliance on technology in both personal and educational life, children can easily become distracted to using YouTube, playing games, messaging friends, and using social media, which also confuses the boundary between free time playing and learning online, which is why places of education have had to implement certain filters on their devices to prevent this from occurring. Not only this, but with countless of websites and information that can be found on the internet. It can be difficult to discern accurate information. So, although, the internet, for example, can provide limitless knowledge, and give free access to knowledge to those who would be unable to otherwise. Ensuring that children, especially, in primary education, are visiting reliable and relevant resources online, should be of upmost importance.
However, the internet has shown huge benefit when it comes to exam preparation. Many schools and exam boards share past papers, along with the marking scheme. This can be incredibly useful in primary school education, especially when preparing for SATs, or the 11+ exam. Not only this but, the national curriculum (which can be found on the government website) also gives details on the topics and subjects taught in each year group. This means that almost every parent or caregiver has access to this type of information, like never before. This opens the opportunity for parents to help their children, and to gain insight of what exactly is, or should be taught in those vital years of education without having to solely rely on schools or teachers to provide this information.
Technology in education is necessary!
On the other hand, as technology is not only vital, but necessary in this day in age, this has made education more expensive for both the school and home environment. From using pens and papers, majority of schools now demand that students use technology such as computers and laptops. To access documents and homework through school portals, this means that parents must invest in some type of technology which allows their kids to do so. This is especially relevant in the recent pandemic. Moreover, the requirement of having good and stable internet, a printer and so forth, can put some families in financial strain to ensure that their kids have access to what is required to do well in school. One could argue that the socioeconomic background of a family has much more of an impact on education than ever before because of the use of modern technology.
Despite the ongoing debate on whether modern technology has positively or negatively impacted our society, and in particular young people, with concerns in attention spans, social media influence and so forth. Modern technology has shown benefits in primary school education (and beyond) as it has helped to restructure and redesign the classroom, producing an environment that is engaging and interesting by visual and/or auditory learning prompts. Relying on books and non-technological sources for learning can be limiting the capacity of primary education. Technology has the most up-to-date sources and information, which makes it easier for students to engage in experiential learning, where they are no longer dependent on other peers and teachers. They can independently search for information, which will make them more proactive in their learning and progress and allow them to find creative ways to achieve their learning outcomes. With this, they can also decide whether they participate in real-time learning or learning at their own pace – they have control over their learning and flexibility – hybrid learning. Over time, primary children will learn to develop their management skills and commitment managements skills to learn whenever they feel like it. These skills are exceptionally important, as briefly touched upon earlier, in workplace environments, so young children are being able to and can develop these skills for their prospects.
To conclude, as discussed in this blog, there are a plethora of different impacts modern technology has made in our lives, and especially of those of primary education, and their caregivers, as well as teachers. The positives and negatives of any change in society can be heavily analysed. We believe the most important aspect, especially here, is to utilise modern technology to the best of its ability, as previously discussed, there are so many ways it can enrich the education of those in primary school, and allow better access to material whether that be activities, past papers, or educational games. We too, acknowledge, that there is a need to maintain, what we could call ‘old school methods’ to ensure aspects like attention span, handwriting, and interpersonal skills are developed, and so at inTuition Clubs we ensure to use a blended learning approach. This means incorporating written work, the whiteboard, as well as computers into our classes, reaping the benefits of all.
We offer a free taster session, and we cater for Year 1 to Year 7. We cover Maths, English and Science as well as group and individual sessions. We also offer 11+ exam preparation using modern teaching methods. All our prices are affordable, so get in touch with us on firstname.lastname@example.org to book your free session.