How Technologies Actually Harm Education

Find out what the real harm of the excessive usage of the informational technologies in the education is. Discover their negative impact on the behavior of the students

The Ways Technology Actually Harm Education Instead of Improving It

Yes, this is true and it needs attention. The modern technologies that are used in the studying processes have more of a negative impact rather than positive. Most of the parents are requiring the schools to be completely equipped with the latest laptops, tablets multimedia boards, etc., without even realizing the actual harm. However, since the introduction of the IT into learning processes not that much has improved.

The notorious invention paradox can be somewhat true regarding introducing any technology into learning process creates a positive and negative impact on it. The issues that have arisen were unpredictable, as no one saw the rise of essay writing platforms: essay writing service is providing students with professionally crafted homework.

This and many other services make it hard for any teacher to check the home assignments, as you have to, basically, guess if this was really written by your student or just bought online.

Among many other negative impacts of the technologies in the education processes there are the most prominent:

  • Avoiding Individual Work
  • Focus reduction
  • Cheating evolved

To Google or Not to Google?

The problem is that modern students don’t do their homework on their own. In the past, we would look for the source for writing that Biology assignment for hours, while now it just takes mere seconds to find. But that is not the problem – as the students don’t properly check the source material and just copy paste the information and that’s it – homework is done!

The vast amount of information available online is overwhelming and checking of its credibility seems to be quite difficult. Yeah, try to track any of the Wikipedia articles to the sources, which are used as a base for the whole article – usually, that is quite a complicated task.

The Internet is a great source of knowledge, but the information is often misleading and the simplified process of getting it makes the effort feel unnecessary in the first place.

Phone Addiction as a Source of Declining Attention Level During Lessons

Notifications are the sole reason, why the students show lack of the focus. Being always connected to the whole world makes a scenario when it just feels bad for them to miss something. And notifications are of great help to stay in the course of the events. Pa-dam, your friend John have just posted a new picture on the Facebook.

Yes, this is a great accomplishment of the science and stuff, but it is undoubtedly the most annoying thing for the teacher. Imagine, you are having a Literature class, and you are trying to explain the culmination of the classic play, trying to create some suspense for deeper immersion, everyone keeps silent and you have almost grasped that break moment as someone’s phone starts ringing. You would roar louder than awaken Kilimanjaro. In your mind, of course.

And it goes even further as the younger generation of students seem to develop the addiction to their phones. They care more about what happens somewhere there than right here, on the lesson. Silent mode doesn’t help at all.

Probably, we need to start building schools and universities in the bunkers.

Cheating in the New Black

The cheating had evolved to such an extent that it gets really hard for the teachers to identify it. Modern technologies keep me wondering, suspecting everything that my students are wearing to be a cheating device. Have you heard of the “Internet of things”? That is a reality now.

Remember, when students used to write cheats under their sleeves or something similar? Now they are using the whole arsenal to take that A+ on your test without taking a sweat. Like, try to notice the earphones. And also, everyone is carrying their phone, that is actually an ultimate cheat.

IT has become really hard to prepare any cheat preventing methods, as, let’s face it, younger generations are way more experienced with using new technologies to their fullest potential. However, despite all the bad influence of the improved cheating, at the end of a day, I feel strange pride for the students that are the most inventive with their schemes. Anyway, metal detectors are still a thing. Just saying…

Technology vs education

The technologies are great for implementing things. They improve our lives, the way we experienced it and learn new information. However, in order to minimize the negative impact of the introducing technologies into education, we have to remember that IT is to supplement the education.

Like, you should use the PowerPoint presentation as a support for your speech – this is the perfect way to specify the key points of the lesson and get students attention. But using the presentation as the main source of the information. where you are the support of technology is a vivid example of the wrong understanding of the IT’s role in the education.

The technologies are just another tool at our disposal, that is to help the teacher (and learner) but not to take over and oversimplify it.

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Pushkar Kathayat

Pushkar Kathayat is the Chief Editor of TechGeekers. His passion is towards SEO, Online Marketing and blogging.