Monday, January 3rd, 2011 | technology
People who believe that technology in the classroom is a waste of money possibly base their view on personal observations: they’ve seen classrooms where expensive computer facilities do not seem to add any value.
Technology naysayers must agree that any resource that has a beneficial impact on teaching and learning is not a waste; at the same time, proponents of technology have to agree that it is a waste when it does not contribute significantly to improved teaching and learning.
Technology has no impact in the classroom when it is not used. Unfortunately this is the case with many classroom technologies: after the hype of implementation has subsided they are left to gather dust. In these instances those who claim that classroom technology is a waste of money have a valid point.
Now think about it: if technology is waste of money in one classroom, does it follow that it is true for all classrooms? If I buy an expensive car but leave it unused in my garage – aging and diminishing in value – does this mean that it will be a waste of money for others to buy a similar car? Of course, not! The same principle applies to technology in schools: the fact that facilities in some classrooms are unused – and therefore a waste of money – does not mean that technology in classrooms in general is a waste of money.
Technology wastage – and hence a waste of money – can be avoided:
Don’t buy technology if you don’t know how you’re going to use it – first determine your need.
Don’t skimp on teacher training – you can only expect technology to be used if teachers are comfortable in its usage.
The opinions on others – based on single observations – should not influence your decision to procure technology for your classroom. Look at those instances where it does improve the classroom, decide how you can use it in yours, and make sure you are properly trained – then technology won’t be a waste of money in your classroom.
For more technology tips for teachers click here.