Effects that technology has on students' learning Does it help or hurt students?

Classrooms today encourage students to use technology as a support for learning in the classroom. However little is known on whether or not technology helps or hurts the learning process of the students.

In order to gain some insight into what citizens believe about technology in classrooms I interviewed two people on their experience of technology within the classroom. Victor Luciano will explain his experience of his education without the technology there is today. Victoria Luciano will explain her experience of schooling using 21st century technology.

This is Victor Luciano in the picture on and Victoria Luciano in the picture to the right

This was Victor Luciano's interview:

1.​ ​What​ ​did​ ​your​ ​teachers​ ​use​ ​in​ ​order​ ​to​ ​teach​ ​you​ ​certain​ ​subjects​ ​in​ ​class? My​ ​teachers​ ​used​ ​the​ ​an​ ​overhead​ ​to​ ​demonstrate​ ​problems​ ​that​ ​we​ ​needed​ ​to​ ​learn​ ​how​ ​to​ ​do on​ ​the​ ​board.​ ​Other​ ​than​ ​that​ ​there​ ​was​ ​not​ ​really​ ​any​ ​other​ ​forms​ ​of​ ​technology.

2.​ ​Was​ ​it​ ​harder​ ​to​ ​work​ ​without​ ​certain​ ​technologies​ ​that​ ​we​ ​have​ ​now? Yes​ ​it​ ​was​ ​harder.​ ​Since​ ​we​ ​did​ ​not​ ​have​ ​computers​ ​to​ ​help​ ​with​ ​activities​ ​it​ ​became​ ​a​ ​lot​ ​harder to​ ​find​ ​answers​ ​to​ ​our​ ​questions.

3.​ ​Do​ ​you​ ​think​ ​that​ ​computers​ ​and​ ​other​ ​forms​ ​of​ ​technology​ ​could​ ​have​ ​helped​ ​you​ ​learn​ ​and retain​ ​the​ ​knowledge​ ​better? Of​ ​course​ ​technology​ ​makes​ ​everything​ ​easier.​ ​With​ ​the​ ​technology​ ​today​ ​all​ ​you​ ​need​ ​to​ ​do​ ​is find​ ​the​ ​right​ ​tools​ ​to​ ​help​ ​gain​ ​the​ ​wanted​ ​results.

4.​ ​Do​ ​you​ ​think​ ​the​ ​technology​ ​that​ ​is​ ​used​ ​in​ ​classrooms​ ​today​ ​can​ ​be​ ​distracting​ ​to​ ​students instead​ ​of​ ​helping​ ​them? No​ ​I​ ​believe​ ​that​ ​it​ ​is​ ​not​ ​distracting​ ​because​ ​if​ ​the​ ​student​ ​wants​ ​to​ ​learn​ ​and​ ​excels​ ​in​ ​his/her classes​ ​technology​ ​will​ ​just​ ​be​ ​a​ ​tool​ ​to​ ​make​ ​activities​ ​more​ ​convenient (Luciano, Victor).

Here is Victoria Luciano's interview:

1.​ ​What​ ​kind​ ​of​ ​technology​ ​do​ ​you​ ​use​ ​in​ ​class? I​ ​sometimes​ ​use​ ​a​ ​laptop​ ​in​ ​class​ ​but​ ​I​ ​mostly​ ​use​ ​it​ ​after​ ​school

2.​ ​How​ ​do​ ​you​ ​use​ ​this​ ​technology? I​ ​use​ ​this​ ​technology​ ​for​ ​homework,​ ​Gmail,​ ​netflix,​ ​youtube.

3.​ ​How​ ​often​ ​do​ ​you​ ​use​ ​technology​ ​in​ ​class? I​ ​use​ ​it​ ​once​ ​in​ ​awhile.​ ​Most​ ​of​ ​the​ ​time​ ​it​ ​is​ ​the​ ​teacher​ ​using​ ​the​ ​computer​ ​for​ ​our​ ​benefit.

4.​ ​Do​ ​you​ ​find​ ​technology​ ​to​ ​be​ ​distracting​ ​in​ ​class? I​ ​actually​ ​find​ ​it​ ​to​ ​be​ ​a​ ​big​ ​help.​ ​It​ ​has​ ​become​ ​a​ ​big​ ​part​ ​of​ ​my​ ​education.

5.​ ​Do​ ​you​ ​believe​ ​that​ ​technology​ ​has​ ​helped​ ​you​ ​understand​ ​concepts​ ​taught​ ​in​ ​class​ ​better?It​ ​has​ ​helped​ ​me​ ​learn​ ​because​ ​things​ ​that​ ​I​ ​don't​ ​understand​ ​are​ ​better​ ​understood​ ​through​ ​the Internet.

6.​ ​What​ ​programs​ ​do​ ​you​ ​use​ ​to​ ​help​ ​do​ ​homework​ ​and​ ​or​ ​schoolwork? I​ ​usually​ ​use​ ​all​ ​Google​ ​Apps​ ​​ ​(Gmail,​ ​drive,​ ​Google​ ​search​ ​engine,​ ​easybib,​ ​etc.)

7.​ ​Do​ ​teachers​ ​encourage​ ​you​ ​to​ ​use​ ​technology​ ​inside​ ​and​ ​out​ ​of​ ​classroom? A​ ​lot​ ​of​ ​times​ ​it​ ​isn't​ ​encouraged​ ​because​ ​they​ ​want​ ​us​ ​to​ ​try​ ​things​ ​on​ ​our​ ​own.​ ​Another​ ​reason is​ ​that​ ​the​ ​teachers​ ​usually​ ​get​ ​the​ ​homework​ ​we​ ​do​ ​online​ ​as​ ​well​ ​as​ ​the​ ​answer​ ​sheets (Luciano, Victoria).

In the article "Revisit the Effect of Teaching and Learning with Technology" the authors explain that technology can be used as a system to help teach certain subjects, increase productivity, and provide new resources f or their students. In the conclusion of the article the authors expressed that learning with technology can be a positive experience for students because their cognitive abilities increase(Lee, 2013).
In Wu, Wang, and Hsu's article they experiment by using computer and tablet applications to help teach students some physics concepts. The students that participated in this study had increased their spatial relations abilities (2017).
In Yagci's article he argues that computer programming can increase a student's problem solving skills and with that increase success rates while in school (2016).

Conclusion:

Technology when used correctly in classrooms can help support the classroom experience. However classrooms should not completely focus their efforts on technology.

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