From the invention of the wheel to computers and from mp3 players to self-driving cars, countless technological innovations have shaped daily life and will continue to do so. Technology is a broad concept that encompasses both the tangible tools of our world, such as utensils or machines, and intangible technologies like software.
While many of us have experienced the wonders of modern technological innovation, some are concerned that it has ushered in new problems. These concerns range from fears of job loss to anxieties over the impact on human health and well-being.
For example, some worry that augmented reality could lead to a lack of balance in our lives by replacing real-life interactions with virtual ones. Similarly, others are anxious about the impact on the workplace as some jobs may be replaced by computer programs that can perform tasks more efficiently than humans.
Technology in the classroom has provided a multitude of benefits for students. The ability for students to create and collaborate on projects using online tools allows students to find their strengths and interests in a way that wasn’t possible before. However, students using these tools often become distracted and use them for purposes other than learning. To avoid this, set clear expectations for use in your classroom and be sure to communicate them regularly. For example, require students to number their devices and refer to them by number when discussing the appropriate use of technology in class. This provides structure to student use and also helps with addressing any issues that arise.