This article is entitled, “Technology in education: An Overview,” and is written by Benjamin Harold. This article explains all of the advantages and sometimes challenges with technology in the classroom as well as the United State’s progress in this area. The article states, “Public schools in the United States now provide at least one computer for every five students. They spend more than $3 billion per year on digital content.” It is amazing the amount of money the government spends on technology, however, it is unfortunate that teachers do not receive the proper training to fully take advantage of the opportunities new technology have to offer. In addition, I also think it is incredibly strange how many teachers are set in their old habits, without technology. As a teacher, it is necessary to be flexible and knowledgable about the progress of our nation in order to be able to adapt to different generations.
It is very interesting how technology can be viewed as a support system for not only the students, but for the teachers as well. Technology supports the idea of blended learning and personalized learning. Blended learning combines traditional, teacher-to-student lessons with technology-based instruction in order to emphasize that whatever happens online should be connected with face-to-face interaction. Personalized learning refers to the idea that technology should be tailored to each individual student’s academic strengths and weaknesses, interests and motivations, personal preferences, and optimal pace of learning. I believe technology is a perfect tool for classwork, homework, communication, applications, etc. Our work relies heavily on technology and it is only fair for our teachers and students to catch up on it. As teachers and students, we need to embrace and adapt properly to new technology, devices, and software and use it to it’s full capacity.