This article is written by Project Tomorrow, an nonprofit organization dedicated to students’ point of view on education. This organization polls K-12 students, parents, and educators every year to see their input on learning technology in and out of school. As most of us probably already predicted, digital-based learning is becoming a popular method of teaching.
The article mentions that 46% of high school students use online textbook, which is a growth of 53% since 2005. Two-thirds of the teachers (sixty-eight percent) are using online videos to give their discussions a boost. Looking at these numbers, we can definitely say that most of the schools are slowly drifting away from paper/textbooks and going towards the digital world. Some of us might think that it is a great idea, while others don’t really agree upon it. Most of the students, quoted in this article, are excited to see a technology based future for schools. A 12th grade student states “I think that schools will be completely paperless in 5 years. There will be a lot more online classes for younger generations.”
I think a lot of teachers, like me, don’t know how to feel about this. It is exciting to see new ideas for the future, but are we getting too comfortable with technology? How much can we rely on technology? We all know about the ‘technical difficulties’, so what are teachers suppose to do when that happens? Will there be paper back-ups?
I believe with the technology drift comes a lot of questions that still need to be answered. For my future classroom, I can accept 70%-75% of my teaching evolving technology but I don’t think I could go 100%. It is nice for the new generation to have access to the internet and the great websites, but I also think they need to learn how to live without. I say that because I think children are getting too used to the easy technology way. It’s like they don’t have to use their brains all the time because they have ‘google’ or ‘wiki’ to help them. I am not saying I am against technology (I love the fact we have it), but I think it should be used to a certain extend.