Technology can have many benefits on students learning, but it also has many consequences. As a French Immersion student, it was extremely difficult to immerse myself in the French Language. Watching the CNA- Speaking Exchange video gave me chills. It is such a unique idea, that using simple video chats, students were able to connect with elderly native English speakers. This allowed students to practice speaking in English, while giving elderly people, who might not have the ability to travel, to see something new. This definately enhanced the students learning experience because it gave them real life experience. In a blog post written by George Couros he highlights how much easier technology is to use in this day and age. The example that he used which I really liked was how when we get a new phone (like and iPhone or a Samsung) we don’t have to read a manual about how to use the device. This is a huge change from what my parents had when they went to school. Technology can enhance learning, because there are so many possibilities as it is so widely available.
Even though technology can enhance learning, it can also be detrimental to learning. In an article written by Julia Klaus named Negative Effects of Using Technology she highlights the three main issues that can arise from using technology inappropriately in the classroom. Her main three points were that there is a loss of learning time, overuse and distraction, and game mentality. She discusses that the loss of learning time can arise from not being experienced with technology, because it takes time to become familiar with new systems, and sometimes the internet just does not work. When technology is overused in the classroom she speaks about how it makes students dependant on that technology. That they become unable to absorb information if it is not given with “splashy Graphics” (Klaus). The game mentality section speaks about how many teachers only use technology for games. Some students get distracted easily, and this will not be beneficial for them.
My relationship with technology is complicated. I am not the best with it, and I am easily distracted online. I think that Technology can enhance students learning, only if it is used in moderation. Technology shouldn’t be used to replace things in the classroom, but enhance them.