As we make our way further into the 21st century, technology continues to play a larger part in our lives day in and day out. There was once a time when technology was only used as a means of simple communication across international waters, but it eventually slivered into the hands of public use as mobile phones became an instant hit. However, in recent times, technology has found its way into our education systems as we are almost forced to use it in the majority of classes. Whilst, I see a large level of hypocrisy in this as education systems continuously tell us how bad technology is, I believe it is important to ask the question, should we really be using technology in our education systems? In this blog, I will be exploring the positive and the negative side of the use of technology in our schools.

Yes, we should be using technology in schools – As we are moving towards a very robotic world, it is important to take head of the future that our schools students are going down and it is clearly important to educate them for a changing world. With the rise of technology use in schools as we use our laptops for the majority of paperwork, we have begin to learn basic computer skills at a reasonably young age that will allow us be far better at when we enter the workforce. As well as this, it can make live considerably easier for both pupil and teacher, as technology allows information to be moved faster between both parties and it means we can have a more active and fast paced learning environment. It is a changing world out there and in my opinion if we don’t actively train our pupils to be fit for the world, then the education system will be failing to achieve its core focus of preparing students for there future.

No, technology should not be used in schools – At the other end of the spectrum, there are some people with a much more historic view on the matter. Technology should not be used in school. Whilst, it is true that we are moving towards a robotic world, that doesn’t necessarily mean that we should start students on technology so early. Technology can have negative effects on the social aspects of children, especially those who are so young as they may begin to lose there core socialising aspects. Using technology also allows students to go into a world of their own and begin doing there own personal things online, rather than the school work itself. Technology is also promoting the use of technology to make your life easier as many students turn to use the internet for solutions to their school work.

Overall, I am of the belief that in our new age world, it is important to teach students the use of technology as early as possible, because we are no longer living in a world where all work is done through a pen and paper and to me it seems pointless to teach students something that they will never end up using. Despite this, I understand the concerns of those who grew up in a much simpler world as they fear what the world will become with the majority of students turning to technology for almost every single aspect of their lives. We have an extremely uncertain future and I believe it is down for the school to decide what is best for themselves and their students based on their core values.

Will Cole is a year 13 student with a passion to write and is pursuing a career in journalism. When he’s not at school, he runs the communications for his healthcare business www.clearfree.co.nz with two friends. See his weekly blog pieces here where he talks about the journey of a young entrepreneur and New Zealand’s current affairs.

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