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What is Education Technology?

The technology used to support and provide access to education is under the category of education technology. This can include any equipment, programs, or other materials that teachers and students utilize to facilitate learning. In the classroom or outside of it, these technologies support students in attending their lessons, collaborating, connecting with distant learners, or picking up new skills. With the use of educational technology, teachers can develop digital, interactive textbooks, gamify their lectures, take attendance, give homework, administer quizzes and assessments, and receive immediate feedback on their lesson plans, styles of instruction, and structure. By enabling teachers and students to learn in a setting that makes use of now-common technologies like smartphones, computers, and tablets, educational technology is disrupting traditional education and teaching techniques. The technical world has seen a significant change in recent years. Teachers must employ the most up-to-date tools available in their job to engage students as more people become involved in digital media. Innovative teaching methods and the introduction of fresh concepts are necessary to get students interested in what they are learning. Due to its significance in the modern educational landscape, the use of educational technology by teachers has become mandatory.

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Advantages of technology in education

  • It Provides a Wider Selection Of Materials That Are Simple To Access.
  • It offers students an enjoyable and interesting learning experience.
  • It enhances students’ academic performance and communication skills
  • It enables students to use the Internet whenever they want, from wherever.
  • It Helps Students in Staying Current with New Technological Advances
  • It enables students to advance both mentally and physically
  • It Assists Students in Learning New Skills and Knowledge

     technology in the classroom

Technology is not only entertaining and time-saving; it also has some severe side effects that must be controlled and taken care of since they put the health and personality of both students and teachers in danger. According to the postman article, Five things we need to know about technological change, technology is both a giver and a taker. In other words, there is always a drawback to going along with every benefit that new technology delivers. There are some disadvantages of using technology in the classroom.

  • Some students may become disengaged from the classroom when using technology.
  • Some children might not be able to distinguish between trustworthy and unreliable sources.
  • In some schools, some technologies can take the position of the teacher.
  • There are privacy issues with technology in the classroom to take into account.
  • Technology access is frequently restricted in schools.

However, the use of technology in the classroom helps in improving teachers. Students are more engaged in the process when they witness their teacher attempting novel techniques. Students gain from it as well since they have more options and chances to explore and share information than they would in a regular classroom. Technology is a useful and adaptable instrument for education and learning as well as for everyday living. The most crucial factor is that educators must be ready to use these tools well. Schools can use technology well, and it is imperative that they do so for the benefit of the children, instructors, and wider society.

Technology in education is advancing worldwide

My name is Shivali. I am from India and this is my third course in master of education. I think that every aspect of life is significantly impacted by technology. Technology allows for the automation of numerous manual tasks. A lot of difficult and important activities can also be completed more easily and effectively with the help of contemporary technology. Furthermore, Education has undergone a transformation thanks to technology. It is impossible to overstate the value of technology in education. In fact, the introduction of computers into the classroom has made it simpler for both teachers to convey knowledge and students to learn it.

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when I was in primary school I did not have an interest in technological gadgets and mostly teachers preferred to teach students with the help of books and they did not have enough funding to provide computers, projectors, and smart boards. but after some time the importance of technology in the classrooms increased when I was in 6th standard I learned about the various parts of computers and the basic concepts of computers. Moreover, my science teacher usually taught various concepts with the help of projectors and I  was always excited to attend her class. At that time I did not have a computer or internet facilities and I used computers only in school. but when I got admission to college than I purchased my own computer for making my presentation and projects.  From my perspective, The usage of technology has increased the fun factor of teaching and learning.  We are now more reliant on technology than ever because of the COVID-19 Pandemic. I can still clearly recall the moment I earned my bachelor’s degree in teaching in 2019 and started working at Tagore Model School. My first job was really exciting, but after three months all the schools were shut down due to COVID-19, and I used to teach science and math. Science is a way to learn how things actually work. It is also a very practical subject; therefore, I was excited to teach it to students in a lab setting. It was an extraordinary experience for me to educate students in grades 6 to 8, but everything changed as a result of COVID-19. Academic normalcy remains out of reach for many students, teachers, and parents due to the COVID-19 education shutdowns. Parents, educators, and students must now all acclimate to a new type of learning environment: distance learning. For the first time, I created online academic materials that students could utilize at home to maintain academic continuity.

The approaches we take to educating students to change along with the globe. It goes without saying that technological advancements have accelerated over the past few decades, and as a result, instructional technology has changed. In most settings, including the classroom, technology is at the heart of our life. Many kindergarten–high school students have grown up in a technologically advanced society. They have never known life without smartphones, laptops, televisions, and other popular electronic gadgets. Technology offers a wealth of materials that are helpful for students. For instance, a website like Khan Academy is very useful if a student needs assistance with their math assignments because it offers sample problems and lessons. I am a math teacher and I usually used khan academy to teach students students were always interested to use this app because it makes mathematics an interesting subject.

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I think the importance of technology is increasing day by day. I am using technological gadgets on the regular basis. Being a teacher I think that the importance of technology never is ignored. There are various apps for example khan academy, busy shapes prodigy, Quizlet that are very helpful for students and I am using these apps on daily bases to teach the students and I think it is the best way to teach the students because they are always interested to learn different subjects with different teaching strategies and it makes teaching-learning more interesting. I think the government and school agencies should provide computers and internet facilities to students so they become tech savvy. I see this program as a fantastic chance to learn different ways of using technology in the classroom and I will implement these methods to teach students in the classroom.

 

Summary of learning

Welcome to my learning summary. This was my first class for my master of education. My classmates and I have already learned a lot from “Katia,” the instructor, in our first class together. I now know how to blog, podcast, and create videos, which I can use to teach my students as well as include in my lesson plans. The knowledge I’ve received will enable me to use technology in my teaching with greater enthusiasm and purpose. The debate format was really interesting to me, especially when I had the chance to participate. I’ve learned a lot from our debate talks and have been able to put it to use in my everyday life. All of you and Katia are appreciated.

Thankyou everyone and Katia

Debate#8 Online education is detrimental to the social and academic development of children.

 Online learning has surged in popularity recently in a world dominated by digital technologies. The COVID-19 epidemic has inspired innovative approaches to education. To continue educating students, educational institutions all across the world are turning to online learning platforms. We listened to an interesting discussion about whether or not online schooling is bad for kids’ social and academic development on Monday night. Colton, Britney S., and Kayla, who were on the agreeing side, asserted that internet education is bad for kids’ growth. While in an effort to show that online education does not harm children’s social and academic development, the opposing group Christopher, Arkin, and Katherine tried to present evidence to the contrary. The main point discussed by agree team was the digital divide. Lack of access to reliable high-speed internet and a one-to-one device for online learning among the most struggling students. The coronavirus epidemic has highlighted the negative impacts of the digital gap in education, keeping instructors and students in the dark due to a lack of access to technology and digital literacy. Restricting access to knowledge, also makes people less knowledgeable. Teachers only comprehend the absolute basics of technology. In some cases, they even lack the equipment and resources required to conduct online classes.

Digital divide

Another point mentioned by agree team is the difficulty of maintaining attention on a computer for extended periods of time is one of the largest obstacles to online learning for many students. Students are more likely to become quickly distracted by social media or other websites when they are learning online. Moreover, In the company of their peers, students can pick up a lot of knowledge. On the other hand, there are very few in-person encounters between students and lecturers in an online course. For the pupils, this frequently creates a feeling of isolation. https://kentuckycounselingcenter.com/mental-health-effects-of-online-learning/ This article is shared by agree team suggested that With the rise of online learning, mental health is compromised. The article discusses in detail how prolonged online learning can leave students mentally exhausted. It also looks at how social isolation brought on by a lack of social interactions affects young people’s feelings of loneliness and motivation. The essay goes on to highlight further issues, including the increased tension and anxiety that students experience because of a lack of routines and the distractions they encounter at home when attempting to pay attention in class.

However,  disagree team also did a great job  Christopher, Arkin, and Katherine presented that online education has grown in popularity because of its benefits for students, which include flexibility, inclusion, and greater class participation and concentration. Students can work and learn from the convenience of their homes while enrolled in an online course. They can access all the information they require in similar formats to how they previously studied through online webinars, lectures, tutoring, and other digital learning resources. They can even connect with students from around the world without ever leaving their homes by using these resources to learn. The cheaper expenses of online education for children are a significant benefit. Children benefit from online learning since it is more economical and efficient. These online classes provide an accessible learning environment and are readily available online.  Furthermore, online learning provides an opportunity for all students to take part in class discussions and to ask and respond to questions. The virtual environment of webinars and small online class groups makes students typically feel more involved and comfortable offering their thoughts during class discussions, especially for those who might find speaking in front of classmates in a physical setting frightening. Not only this, students can get access to all audio and written materials. This means that students can access and browse through the material and resources whenever they want if they are having trouble understanding a subject or want to learn more about it to make it “stick. The internet can provide many people with disabilities considerable opportunities, even though accessibility is still a problem. Access to the internet is not a detrimental experience for people with numerous impairments. The network offers a variety of opportunities for social connection and disclosure that may not be there when talking with people face to face in an analog context. The internet offers a variety of opportunities for work, play, and commerce for those who have trouble navigating the traditional world.

To summarize nothing is flawless, including the online study technique. While it undoubtedly has drawbacks, it can also be extremely helpful in some dire circumstances. For many schools and their pupils, the COVID-19 pandemic-related lockdown, for instance, was a blessing in disguise technologically advanced day, online learning is beneficial in many ways, Effective time management is provided through e-learning. Additionally, it encourages kids to learn. It increases academic achievement and has endless potential. We can combine our work, family, and academic responsibilities with the help of the online program. Since it’s hard for them to interact in a classroom setting, shy pupils find it simpler to communicate and comprehend but traditional classroom settings still have numerous advantages that should not be completely disregarded.  I think we should now benefit from both physical and online classes Students receive knowledge and instruction from it, which facilitates learning On the other hand, some subjects are better taught in classroom settings as opposed to online courses. As a result, we can also say that the subject matter and student demographics significantly impact how well online learning works.

Debate#7 Educators and schools have a responsibility to help their students develop a digital footprint

Youth are more involved than ever in social media, producing material, expressing themselves, and building networks. The emergence of the internet has given them new and exciting opportunities. these options can endanger people by leaving a permanent record of negative information that might be challenging to remove. In a time where a large amount of our identity is “digital,” it is essential for us as instructors to assist our pupils in maintaining their digital footprint. They should encourage pupils to use the internet safely and ensure that they are educated about their online activities. Rae, Funmilola vs. Gertrude, and Kim presented the discussion on digital footprints last Monday. Both the teams that were in agreement and disagreement did an excellent job of presenting their subjects. I think that it is the duty of educators and institutions of higher learning to assist students in creating a digital footprint. In order to embrace ethical technology use, educators must change their pedagogy. We must educate students about their digital footprints and empower them to choose carefully what online content they publish or share.

Rae and Funmilola rightly said that teachers have a responsibility to provide awareness about digital footprint because some families might be unfamiliar with technology or they might not feel comfortable introducing it to their children. They do not have sufficient knowledge about digital citizenship or leaving positive digital imprints. Moreover, Not many households possess a computer or more smartphones than members. They have a lack of resources to impart this knowledge. However, schools can host workshops for parents, and teachers can impart this knowledge in the classroom.  Not only this, Teachers should advise students to be selective with the information they share online and to make efforts to limit the audience of their posts to their immediate family and friends. Teachers should teach students to Set stringent privacy restrictions on each account. Starting with foundations like password protection and advancing toward digital citizenship, we begin by involving our children in talks and experiences of the positive and bad effects linked with our activities in the digital environment.

However disagree team also did a great job Gertrude, and Kim mentioned that  Before starting school, children already have substantial digital footprints, few parents or caregivers ask for permission before posting, and the majority of these footprints are being built after school or during non-school hours. Parents’ main digital worries include children’s abilities to examine facts online and read and comprehend terms of reference and conditions of usage. Moreover disagree team also shared an article It’s Not Ok to Share Student Photos Online. And Here’s Why…. In this article writer mentioned that Every year, schools take and share an astounding number of student photos and videos, potentially revealing a child’s digital identity to the world. The author describes how schools might better protect their pupils online and draws attention to the very real hazards involved with managing students’ digital footprints. Children’s safety and wellbeing are at stake due to schools’ quick embrace of online technologies. More personal and sensitive data is collected due to increased technology usage. Moreover, To manage pupils’ digital footprints, teachers are not sufficiently taught or equipped.

To summarise The issue of whose obligation it is to create digital footprints also generated a lot of discussions. To prepare today’s digital citizens, a team is required. To ensure that today’s students are TECH SMART when navigating the cyber world, parents, teachers, counselors, and administrators must collaborate. I think it’s important to educate people about what a digital footprint is and the possible benefits and drawbacks of their online behavior. Children can better design their own futures by building on their knowledge and receiving instruction in cultivating a positive internet presence.

Debate#6 Cellphones should be banned in the classroom

Whether or not students should be allowed to use their cell phones in the classroom is a contentious issue. Some professors and academic institutions forbid the use of electronic devices in the classroom, or at the very least, strictly regulate use. The discussion last week about the use and presence of cell phones in the classroom generated a lot of interesting points that make it more difficult for me to choose whether I agree or disagree with it. The agree side was expertly represented by Lu (Echo) Liu, Lovepreet, and Aman who emphasized that cell phones might be a distraction for both the student and their peers are distracted when they use their cell phones to check social media and text buddies during class. In the classroom, cell phones can be a useful learning aid. However, students can also utilize them to obtain information while taking a test, which can result in cheating. This is unjust to pupils who worked hard to achieve well and can result in a student’s future knowledge of the content being poor even if they are not discovered. Moreover, Lovepreet, Echo, and Aman also represented a fantastic point that Cell phones can stimulate involvement by providing a variety of channels, but they can also result in less opportunity for in-person interaction and learning. With an overreliance on cell phones and other digital technologies, children risk losing a crucial aspect of their education: learning to collaborate with others. Not only this it also enhance harmful behavior, such as cyberbullying, and sexting, Teachers may find it challenging to spot and eliminate cyberbullying since it might be more difficult to observe than other types of bullying.

On the other hand, Bret McMann, Reid Quest, and Leona Stephen were on the disagree side and they represented that using a phone while teaching makes for more dynamic and engaging courses. To improve learning environments, some teachers are considering ways to integrate cell phones into their curricula as opposed to outright prohibiting them.  Mcmann, Reid, and Leona also gave a wonderful point that social media use can keep students engaged in the lesson and motivate them to contribute to the conversation. Some educators set up discussion boards or hashtags on Twitter that students can utilize to post their ideas and comments during class sessions. Students who might not feel comfortable speaking in front of the class may find this extremely beneficial. Developing Student Critical Consciousness: Twitter as a Tool to Apply Critical Literacy in the English Classroom this is a very interesting article shared by a disagree team in this article Kunnath and Jackson who are the writer of this article discussed  Twitter’s usefulness as a teaching tool. Although this paper focuses specifically on Twitter, we think the ideas presented are applicable to other apps and the usage of mobile devices in the classroom. The authors continue by outlining the four themes that arose from their data collection: the transformation of teaching and learning, amplified student voice, elevated student engagement, and potential for action. Furthermore, By giving students materials to use on their phones to learn more about a subject, teachers can benefit from the use of mobile devices. Videos, news articles, online discussion forums, and other content are examples of this. Providing these tools to students during class time can assist promote participation and conversations and it makes teaching-learning more interesting. Not only this Student who has access to cell phones can learn more and conduct further research while participating in class discussions. This is particularly valid for recent occurrences that haven’t yet been covered in textbooks.

To summarize I think that Students who have access to technology and social media might find online leadership and empowerment. When students utilize cell phones in the classroom, there are a lot of different factors to take into account. We must realize that the decision is not as straightforward as banning or not banning. When using personal electronic devices in the classroom, there are problems that can occur. However, I think we may see a long-lasting beneficial influence of smartphone use in the classroom when we set an example for responsible use, develop a strategy with our school team, and provide our students the tools to use their devices for good. Teachers can lessen the detrimental impacts of cell phones by adopting a cooperating attitude and guiding them regularly. According to my perspective Teachers need to encourage our pupils to utilize technology responsibly. They can educate kids on how to positively influence and impact others online when they are given the opportunity to utilize their cell phones in class as a learning tool.

Debate#5: Social Media is running Childhood

There is no denying that social media has become an integral component of our modern culture. It pervades many aspects of life, including education, business, culture, and community. Last week we had the opportunity to study about and participate in a debate about Is social Media Running childhood? Fasiha, Gunpreesh, and Dami who were on the agreement side, and Jennifer, Mike, and I were on the disagree side. Fasiha, Gunpreesh, and Dami raised important concerns about the detrimental effects of social media on children’s mental health such as cyberbullying, comparison, peer pressure, and a lack of face-to-face connections that affect children’s mental health.   They mentioned that Young people who are addicted to social media spend hours each day watching videos, images, and other stuff on the accounts they follow. Other pursuits, such as schoolwork, athletics, study, and other useful habits, are disrupted by this addiction. They end up wasting a significant amount of time each day, resulting in low academic performance.

However, I think that The incorporation of internet technology with education has opened up a variety of study alternatives for people around the world. Platforms have had unfettered access to internet communication and information thanks to platforms like Facebook, Instagram Twitter, and many others. The youth are utilizing social media in previously unsuspected constructive ways. It’s not simply a means for kids and teenagers to socialize; it’s also a new way for them to express themselves creatively and connect and learn with a larger audience. It is being used by students to build study groups in which they may conveniently and quickly share thoughts and learning material. Not only this, but The way children learn has also changed as a result of social networking. It has implemented a peer-based learning approach, in which pupils are encouraged to learn from one another. They are constantly engaging with one another and providing feedback, which refines their learning process. They are also more eager to learn from one another than they are from adults. Learning can now come from a variety of places other than their parents and teachers

17 teens using social media for good deeds. (2022, May, 3).  SmartSocial. https://smartsocial.com/post/teens-using-social-media-good-deeds  This article from SmartSocial provides examples of teens using social media and other resources to improve society  for example Light Youth Association is a student-run charity that uses social media to promote book drives., Joshua’s Heart is a foundation that has 25,000 youth volunteers raising money to feed families around the world. On social media, it has been observed that virtual empathy displayed by teenagers is well accepted by their worried friends. Social media lifts their spirits and assists them in finding solutions to problems. Virtual empathy can also be used to teach children how to be more empathetic in the actual world. Through social networking organizations, children can also have an impact on their community and contribute to constructive change.

To summarize, we can see that, rather than damaging childhood, social media has the potential to change it for the better when we encourage healthy digital identities with kids by allowing them to engage in real social media use. As an educator, we have a responsibility to educate them on the benefits and drawbacks and Set limits on what sites they can visit and how long they can stay. Moreover, we encourage them to use social media platforms for educational purposes or to collaborate with people who share their interests and teach them how to tell the difference between what is important and what isn’t. Parents may use parental control apps to keep track of what children are doing on social media. Some parental control programs keep track of a child’s social media activity, such as posts, comments, and messages. They even show the screenshots of a child’s device actions at random. In the end, I think that Social media, like any other form of communication and media, does not damage childhood. We live in a world where rapid advancement adds confusion and dread to our daily lives, and restricting our freedom to communicate will not help. Youth can use social media to discover support, connection, and friendship beyond their own boundaries and borders. With the use of social media and the support and abilities to perceive and overcome difficulties, young people can become valuable global citizens and members of a democracy.

Debate#4 Educators have a responsibility to use technology and social media to promote social justice.

Social media have served as a catalyst for social change, allowing people the promotion and acceleration of new ideas. A classroom teacher’s most important responsibility aside from academic instruction is to assist pupils to acquire critical thinking, teamwork, and self-refection abilities needed to produce a better society. No one can deny that teachers work as a guide in students’ choice of life-long paths and it is their first duty to reshape the student’s personality to make him a useful citizen of society. In this modern era, it has become a topic of hot debate whether teachers are supposed to use technology and social media to promote justice in society or not.

To commence with the views of agreement, the predominant fact, why teachers shall use technology and social media to promote justice, is their duty to achieve Educational goals. Along with providing education onus of achieving objectives of education such as stopping discrimination and gender biases, to promoting equality, equity, and justice in society, has also fallen upon educators. It is one of the fundamental aims of education to citizens aware of their rights, to stop injustice, and to make citizens raise their voices for their legal right to justice. Teachers can play an indispensable role to obtain these goals.  With the help of the latest technology, no one else but teachers can teach their pupils easily and spread awareness about the wide concepts related to justice systems such as constitutional rights, articles, rules, and regulations.  A social network, according to an article shared by Kari, Jennifer and Jessica is a terrific area for adolescents to connect and voice their thoughts. The author shows how they built social media channels for their pupils to connect with other kids their age to learn about help in times of need. Secondly, they can raise their own voice as well as can encourage their students to raise their voices on social media for ongoing current injustice issues without going out of their job roles. Apart from that, teachers have a good bonding with their students, they can easily locate victims students of injustice by talking to them and can take an action to help those facing injustice by giving exposure to the issue on social media.

Using Social Justice to Promote Student Voice: Lorena Germán(2020): This is a very interesting article that is shared by agree team. Lorena German’s article sends a strong message about how we may use our classrooms to become activists. She designed a course to teach her students about social justice issues. It demonstrates how, when instructors and students collaborate, great improvements can be made in the neighborhood and worldwide. She teaches pupils how to be more self-assured and how to speak up about causes that they are passionate about.

On the other hand, disagree team also give strong points that teacher does not need to promote social justice and they mentioned that teachers make some boundaries between personal and professional life and teachers are hesitating to share their personal information on the internet. New teachers may be unduly concerned with their digital footprints In order to avoid tarnishing their reputation while applying for jobs. Teachers, Politics, and Social Media: A Volatile Mix: The conflict of integrating personal ideas with professional parameters is discussed in this article. These include remaining impartial to prevent influencing students’ thoughts and opinions, providing a secure and valued environment for all students, families, and colleagues, avoiding professional ramifications, and disobeying/obeying their professional code of conduct. They also mentioned that it may increase the burden on teachers because teachers already have a lot of responsibilities and they are already busy and it may increase the pressure on teachers

To summarize  I think that social media networks constitute a viable means of communication and teachers have a responsibility to promote social justice and employ suitable strategies so that students can obtain information about social inequalities and equalities and voice their thoughts. They should develop instructional programs that integrate into the classroom and out of class so that they can understand social issues. I think social justice should be part of the mission of every school ad teacher if we want liberty and justice for everyone because teacher plays an important role in children becoming active citizen and learning the skills and tools that they need to change the world.

Debate#3 Schools should no longer teach skills that can be easily carried out by technology

It is undoubtedly a contentious issue whether schools should continue to teach skills that can be easily performed by technology. With computers becoming the dominant means of communication, many administrators believe that teaching cursive writing, and tables are no longer necessary and that time would be better spent teaching keyboarding skills. However, I believe that teaching cursive writing, tables, and spellings are still important and should not be rejected so soon.

According to Leah and Sushmeet schools should no longer teach cursive writing, multiplication, tables, and spelling because it is easily carried out by technology. With the rapid advancements in technology, teachers are encouraged to use various educational apps and devices for making teaching-learning effective.  Integrating technology in the classroom promotes students’ creativity, better engagement, and higher-level thinking. Moreover, Teachers are easily identifying learning gaps and students can receive immediate feedback. It also helps to save teachers time and they can utilize this time to give feedback for higher-level thinking tasks.

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 Alyssa, Kelly, and Durston argued that schools must teach basic skills. They mentioned that cursive writing necessitates a completely different set of skills than print writing. It entails a different manner of employing the hand muscles. It also engages a different region of the brain than traditional writing. When children learn cursive and begin to write it, they also learn how to form sentences from write to left on paper and they begin to grasp the concept of sentence and word space. It also helps to improve hand-eye coordination. Moreover, making notes by hand rather than on a computer help children to retain their knowledge for a long time. It helps those children who are facing neurological disorders such as dyslexia and dysgraphia

cursive writing

Children who learn cursive writing often have an easier time learning sentence structure. There is a link between learning cursive and improved grammar and spelling. When a youngster learns cursive he or she develops these excellent habits over time. They can learn letter structure, word structure, and sentence structure while learning cursive and rewriting each letter and word. Cursive writing allows children and adults to write more quickly and smoothly

Multiplication is an important tool in a variety of Math subjects, including algebra, calculus, and equations. Despite the fact that many techniques of teaching multiplication have become outdated, many students like to do multiplication and other mathematical calculation via a calculator but the value of knowing these mathematical fundamentals remains as crucial today as it has always been because it helps to boost children’s confidence. This basic ability is necessary for completing many tasks at school and at home such as calculating money. I agree with Kelly that all students should understand basic principles of mathematics because we don’t want them to apply facts they don’t understand.

Multiplication

To summarize, I agree that technology enhances learning and it is more helpful and convenient but essential skills such as multiplication, and cursive writing is still important because if they know the basic skills then in the future they can easily solve problems such as division, calculation, algebra. In India, most of the schools are not allowed to use calculators in exams so if they know about these skills they can easily perform the exams.  These skills-building blocks of the higher level of learning so I think we should teach our students about basic skills they need for their future.

Debate #2 Technology has led to a more equitable society

In present time, Technology has revolutionized the oceans altogether components of the planet. It has made it possible to engage more and more people to build an equitable society. There are various clues to its contribution to forming an equitable society. The predominant one is freedom of expression. It has raised the voice of every section of society with the help of social media, Technology based research, innovations, and scientific aptitude beyond the limits of traditional myths, racism, gender biases, wealth and forces involved in dirty politics and given a pathway to the victims, who had been getting tortured, humiliated, misused, exploited since centuries, to raise their voice for justice.

Freedom of speech

Apart from that, Fast 4G networks have helped provide information up to the minute. Now people can contribute a lot to their economy using e-businesses and provide opportunities for jobs to the poor and privileged sections of society. In this way, every person has become an integral part of development chains. This fastest growing Technology has also made it easy for NGOs and social organizations to get funds from far away corners of the world and aid people in times of crisis. It has encouraged the participation of people in the achievement of social and sustainable development goals, just in the comfort of their bed, without working on the ground.

Modern transport means and telecommunication has encouraged immigration and emigration as per individual needs, which has led to a diverse social environment around the globe. This diverse social environment has helped a lot to tackle racism and develop unity in diversity, promoting equity in such societies. Technology has provided a plethora of new ways of electronic communications via Emails, social networking, and video conferencing. One piece of technology has had a profound impact on society online education and technology has the potential to remodel education. It can help instructors and students strengthen their bonds, innovative learning and collaboration methods, close long standing equity and accessibility gaps, and adjust learning experiences to meet the needs of all students.

Electronic communication via video conferencing

Assistive technology will facilitate individuals with a range of disabilities, from mental disabilities to physical disabilities. Assistive Technology can help children to develop self-reliance and independence. Students who have difficulty in school are frequently unduly reliant on their parents, siblings, friends, and teachers for assistance with homework. Children who use assistive Technology can succeed in working independently. Assistive Technology can help students who struggle with listening, reading, writing, organization and math. Even my brother is also handicapped and has poor mental health. He is unable to read, write and organize thoughts. However, his listening skills are good, and we always use various technological gadgets such as speech recognition programs, variable speed recorders, electronic math worksheets, and audiobooks. With the help of these technological gadgets now, he can write by counting from 1 to 100. He knows about various programs he watched and listened to from audio books such as audiocassettes, television, and CDs.

Assistive Technology

Technology has been used to promote learning and justice, but it has also entrenched injustice. People and cultures within our communities do not have equal access to Technology. The digital divide is the most critical reason technology is not leading to a more fair society.

Digital disparity

The digital device, also known as the digital gap, is defined as the technical and financial ability to use available technology and access the internet. This divide is most visible during remote learning when students lack access to the technology they require to stay up with their studies due to a lack of gadgets, internet connection, or the assistance they require at home. Moreover, many people cannot afford expensive laptops, phones, and software. Coming from a country like India, I impression that we are technologically behind the times. For example, during the pandemic, students from economically disadvantaged sections could not take online classes due to inadequate internet access. Moreover, many students did not even have devices to attend classes.

Digital Divide

Generation gap: This refers to the disparity in skill levels between individuals. There is an age gap when it comes to the skills required to utilize the internet. It also influenced the quality of education received by an individual. People who are younger and more educated have more excellent skills than those older and less educated.

Generation gap

To summarise, I was wavering back and forth between the two sides of this issue. However, I agree that technological advancements have resulted in a more egalitarian society because they help people with disabilities and increase access to education and services. However, we cannot deny that digital gaps exist but can be solved in various ways. I think policy makers and community members in the public sector must recognise the value of computers and the internet and take steps to ensure that everyone can access them. The government should subsidise internet connections for low-income households. At the same time, the private sector must commit to delivering equal service and networks to rural and under reserved populations, ensuring that everyone has access.

Furthermore, society must modify its attitude toward Technology. Instead of seeing computers as frills, people should see them as necessary. They must recognise the power of modern technologies and embrace them as tools for their own and their children’s future. 

   

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