With digital technology taking over classrooms worldwide, and students expected to take on a more individual role in educating themselves, self-dependency is required when completing applications to assure they learn and improve on what they need to, in order to succeed after education. The focuses have mainly been on the positive affect but what are the negative consequences of digital technologies in our education system?
Well, one possibility we are likely to see in the near future is a decrease in interest and motivation towards studying; why would you need to revise when you can just Google something on the day and find out the information you’re looking for in a matter of seconds? This has the potential to create a lazy generation of pupils who rely solely on the internet rather than themselves. Moreover, other problems can arise such as adults frequently misspelling words because they often use spell checkers rather than learn. Similarly, rather than solving mathematical equations in traditional old fashioned format, they will just seek assistance from calculators or look for the answers directly online, meaning when tests occur in the classrooms with the obligation of no digital technology use, results may fail to improve due to the students heavy reliance on these technologies and applications.
Moreover, another pitfall of digital technology is the distraction element and the social consequences that follow with it. Despite the speed of gaining information from the internet, there are disadvantages such as distractions. In consequence, users will be absorbing the wrong information, and delaying themselves from producing a thorough piece of work. In addition to this, researching online rather than through textbooks is dangerous due to the variety of quality on the internet, for example you can witness a professors factual opinion on a certain topic but you can also easily find falsified information leading to you being educated completely wrong on the topics you’re researching, and online factual information and wrong sources can easily become confused.
Socially, digital technology in education can discard some students whilst embrace others due to the financial cost of applications and digital technologies such as Ipads helping educate after school hours whilst other students are not able to afford this luxury leaving them behind on homework and revision, which inevitably leads to creating barriers in classrooms between students. Furthermore, personal interaction in the classroom would decrease along with common morals we learn as youngsters such as respect for our teachers and how to get a long and work in a group project positively.
Although cheating has been around since tests began, the digital age has made it significantly easier to cheat, whether its paying an essay writer online, copy and pasting someone else’s work or googling questions in an exam, technology has become the biggest avenue for cheating, technology is also fighting cheating with software’s such an Turnitin understanding what work is original and what work has been plagiarised.
It is clear that technology is not meant to replace the ideology of the teacher in the classroom, but technology is in fact a tool for the teacher to recreate a flexible learning environment, that has more benefits than negatives if controlled and used in the right way. Although it can frustrating to learn these new elements of education, once learned it has the ability to create new experiences, discoveries and ways of learning whilst also teaching the vitality of collaborating along with other students, but only if students remain engaged with these new methods and not easily distracted.