Rethinking Technology in Schools
Technology is everywhere around us and we take it for granted. Technology in classrooms is there to improve the learning process and experience of our students. Technology can make learning more interesting and easier, however, it can make learning more draining and demanding for some students. Many students today are doing their homework online and have email communication with their teachers which was not a benefit that most of us had when we were at school. However, the use of technology has pros and cons. There is a conversation about what’s better, typing or writing. How do people learn better? This is just one of the many conversations that we have around the use of technology in schools. When it comes to writing vs typing, a study published in Psychological Science, proved that taking notes by hand, students tend to work slower when compared to typing. However, when it comes to reading, it is less efficient when we read on screen compared to reading from a textbook. Screens may drain more of our mental resources and make it harder to remember what we are reading. Numerous studies supported that reading online can be more draining and can consume a lot of our energy when compared to reading an old traditional book or textbook.
Are we doing our young ones a disservice when we are pushing technology in schools? Here, it is crucial to have feedback from students and make any necessary changes unique to their learning styles. Technology has its place in classrooms, but it needs to be more in line with the learning styles and studies available today. As anything else new, technology and its use in schools needs to be tested and applied accordingly.
How Technology Can Hold Back Success
We should never forget that technology is there to make our lives easier not to hold us back from learning, growing and succeeding in life. From one side, technology can have a profound impact on building connections, learning and growing a business, however, it can hold us back as well.
Technology can become and a big distractor for children and adults. Instead of focusing on their homework, a teenager will go through their Instagram account or chat with a friend on messenger. Instead of working on their dreams, young adults will go through their Twitter account, play video games or scroll down on Facebook.
Due to the use of technology, many companies have restricted the use of the internet for their employees. How the use of the internet can be distracting for many has been recognized a long time ago. However, sometimes we don’t recognize that in our free time when we are relaxing, watching Netflix or YouTube videos. Often times we are bored, and the internet has become a unique cure for boredom. The comfort that technology gives us can become a distractor in our daily lives.
Technology is Changing Music Education
According to an inquiry from the Music Commission, music education often does not reflect how young people engage with music. There is a high risk that current teaching methods can become outdated since they are not following technological development.
Today, we have apps that can teach users how to compose digital music on their smartphones or YouTube videos, there are also apps that can help you teach yourself to play guitar. Technology is offering a lot of opportunities for learning and making music, and formal music education is still outdated and the same it was a few decades ago.
A recent report from the Music Commission says:
“There is a danger that the “disconnect” between how young people use technology and music education may see current models of teaching rapidly becoming outdated. This is not about one replacing the other, but about bringing together the best in technology to work alongside and challenge acoustic music-making to create a more relevant contemporary practice.”
According to the report, there is a low-cost associated with making and sharing music with the use of technology. While “older ways” often require big investments such as a new piano or violin. Although there will always be a place for real music and real instruments, the way we learn, play and share music knowledge should be adjusted to the current technological improvements.