Technology has become a part of every day life; we can no longer deny this. But where does it end? How much more will technology will enter into our lives? According to Moore’s Law, the rate of change of technology will increase exponentially. Does this mean our use of technology and its significance in life will increase just as fast? When I read the article, “Digitally Aided Education, Using the Students’ Own Electronic Gear,” I began to formulate answers to some of these types of questions. Technology has now become an integral part of the classroom.
Technology entered the classroom years ago, but its role is still changing. Schools are now allowing students to bring their own devices into class for educational purposes and also to save money. For example, schools short of cash are no longer forced to supply computers for their students. Officials at these schools claim that students’ devices are the “simplest way to use a new generation of learning apps.” Teachers can use these apps for tests and quizzes, teaching subjects like math, or sharing and commenting on students’ essays. The possibilities are numerous, and the impact is a change in the face of the classroom. Elliot Soloway, a computer science professor at the University of Michigan asserts “If you look at initiatives in public education, this has the momentum.”
Examples of schools using “B.Y.O.T.” or “Bring Your Own Technology”
(Check out the word press link link http://byotnetwork.com/ to view teacher’s EXPERIENCES WITH B.Y.O.T.)
Globalization 3.0 has splashed the globe with a wave of new, unexpected changes that have made this world infinitely different than the one that existed just 20 years ago. According to Milton Friedman, the global economic playing field has been flattened and power is now built around individuals and small groups globalizing. Schools are now buying into this system as officials say they “should take advantage of, rather than fight, students’ deep connections with their devices.” Technology can now empower any individual, anywhere. Now that schools are diving into this world, Globalization 3.0 is empowered even more. Learning is now becoming a matter of having a smart phone in hand.
This article truly makes me wonder about the double-edged sword idea. While technology’s implementations in the classroom are developmental and progressive, the world our own parents grew up and learned in may cease to exist. Technology makes old habits die a little too easy. Many professors and teachers are frightened by this technologically-driven classroom, and in some ways, so am I. The notion of always having to use technology in life seems like something that will not be beneficial in the long run. As we discussed in class, jobs are being taken away by technology. Is it possible that teachers can be replaced? While this seems impossible, I think there are concerns with having a certain level of technology in the classroom because it does lower the need for some teacher-related responsibilities. However, according to Lenny Schad, former chief information officer in the Katy Independent School District near Houston, which started a program with a different moniker: B.Y.O.D., for Bring Your Own Device, “This is the world [students] live in and we’re bringing it into the classroom.” In many ways, students are benefiting from this type of education. Concentration is increased, according to teachers posting on http://byotnetwork.com/, and students can learn more efficiently using something they are familiar with. Considering all these possibilities, it will be interesting to see how B.Y.O.T. ends up playing out in the future. Education has the potential to be changed dramatically.