There is often heavy discussion around whether teachers should or should not embrace technology of the 21st Century and incorporate it in their students learning. Isard (2012) argues that technology is a crucial and immediate part of the current generation of children going through schools therefore it would be almost irresponsible for educators to ignore the latest technology. Children can learn massive amounts of information by simply opening a Google search, an iPad application or having direct access to the internet in every classroom. Thus the responsibility has changed from educators teaching students how to use technology to educators guiding responsible use of technology such as preventing cyber bullying that exists on the internet or teaching strategies for the students to use if they get into those situations. It is immensely important to educate children on this issue because of the rapidly changing world we live in.
On the other hand I do disagree with Isard’s (2012) statement that ‘technology will never overshadow the critical role of the teacher in the classroom’. Although this should be the case as educators have a strong influence on children as they guide them through school, I think it may be unrealistic to expect that parents will not start asking why the teacher is necessary in a classroom when technology can give them all the right answers.
There is one important factor that educators should always remember: The environment they create in their classroom needs to be balanced with technology as an enhancement, not a focus.
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Isard, J. (2012). Why mobile technology makes sense in the 21st century class. The Professional Educator.