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Should We Use Modern Technology in Schools?

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English Assessment - Should We Use Modern Technology in Schools? Modern technology has evolved over the years to not only become useful and perhaps entertaining outside of education, but it has also developed enough to assist learning. However, both pupils and teachers must use the technology available wisely - otherwise they may become dependent upon it; their attitude and behaviour will change. A high percentage of students take mobile phones into school, despite their ban in the majority of schools. Many of these pupils claim that they need to have them in case of an emergency, although a great number decide to mess around with them, and as a result get distracted from their own learning. It is scientifically proven that mobile phones can be dangerous, too. Beams of infrared can be responsible for causing some cancers, and the small LCD display could damage your eyesight if used regularly and for long periods of time. ...read more.


Too much time spent using a computer without regular breaks can damage your eyesight severely, which will lead to feeling drained more often. Not only will your eyesight suffer, but also over time you may find it harder to write. Adding to this, if you use a spell check than you could become lazier and depend on it for accurate spelling. A massive amount of the schools that have computers available also have access to the Internet. In spite of the fact that there are many different security and protection programmes, pupils are always able to access games, chat rooms, and even pornography. There are great dangers involved in these - all of which disrupt education. Yes, computers can be dangerous, yet they offer a vast array of programmes that can make learning fun, interesting, and easy to do - not just in IT, but in all other subjects as well. These programmes or applications are always capable of getting someone involved and interested. ...read more.


Powered by a computer, they enhance presentations by integrating video, animation, graphics, text and audio options. One example from the many benefits of an interactive whiteboard is that originally if a pupil produced an excellent piece of work, 29 other children would have to crowd around his or her machine to be able to see the results, whereas with an interactive whiteboard everyone would be able to see it. Pupils can present what they can do to the rest of the class, and can teach the teachers at the same time, due to many pupils who often have greater ICT skills than the teachers themselves! Over the course of this essay I have shown you both the benefits and the downsides to using modern technology in school. I believe the teacher needs to combine knowledge of the subject, an understanding of how children learn, and a range of teaching strategies to take full advantage of the technology available. As always, safety is an issue and should be addressed with class rules on how to use it. That way, modern technology will improve overall results. ...read more.

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