Embracing Technology in School, a Higher Standard?

I recently read an article, “English Teacher Rethinks Grammar Lessons” in which a teacher has created an app for students where they are asked a series of questions in quiz form and manipulate the text to correct grammatical errors. This got me thinking about my days in high school, and how much different the educational landscape is now than it was 10 years ago…

Mobile technology has grown exponentially within the past few years, and it seems more and more that we are hearing of ways in which traditional practices such as medicine or teaching have embraced these new ways of operating. At first I thought, it just seems wrong to have kids playing on phones or tablets in the classroom. Many conventionalists would agree, there is no room in the space of young minds for this kind of influence. As I’ve come to think more about it, we are in the era of technological transition. This is the time where the world is catching up with what science and technology provided us.

I think most people like to stick to traditional ways of doing things because let’s face it, change is scary. Advancements in technology that would have seemed like foreign concepts just a few years ago are now a reality. But isn’t this the way of evolution? That the very foundation of what we know slowly changes over time, only now it seems the speed of transition has been expedited. If we chose to embrace technology in classrooms and explore the ways in which it can make teaching more efficient or perhaps advanced, we may be able to revolutionize the way it is that we learn. Is this really such a bad thing?

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