PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) — Technology has undoubtedly become a necessary component in today’s education system — current Common Core standards require students to become proficient in typing and computer skills.
KOIN 6 News spoke with a tech expert who evaluated the costs and benefits technology can have on a student’s learning experience.
“Kids are making films, kids are making online lessons, kids are making games and programming through these,” Concordia University Chief Innovation Officer Shawn Daley said. “Because they’re so multifaceted they allow kids to do a whole lot of things.”
Daley, a professor and Apple distinguished educator, said digital technology like smartphones, tablets and 3D printers are important tools in today’s education system.
Benefits of such technologies include greater access to information, added creativity and traditional gains.
“We do see in a lot of studies, gains in reading ability, writing ability and mathematics ability,” Daley explained.
But with access to technology continuing to grow within the classroom, Daley said it’s all about finding balance.
“A teacher has to be able to use all of this stuff in moderation,” he said.
Daley said writing in general is still being taught, but previous Common Core standards, including cursive writing instruction, are no longer mandatory.
While the benefits of technologically-enhanced learning are apparent, Daley said there are still some pitfalls.
“If a teacher has not been given the background to be able to use all this great stuff, it could be a big mess for kids because they don’t have the experience to disseminate what’s what,” Daley said.
However, teachers who are qualified to instruct with the help of technology can help foster learning in exciting new ways.