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Is Technology An Education Enabler or Disabler?

Updated: Jul 5, 2019



The rise of educational technology is a global trend that has taken traditional education by storm and sparked many debates in its merits in teaching. It is no longer surprising to see applications and technological programmes targeted at different age groups and different users. As the world of technology grows increasingly fast and advanced, one cannot help but wonder - is technology enabling or disabling education? Some people have argued for the benefits of introducing technology from a young age, while others believe in sticking to that traditional education means.


Lots of research has been done on how technology can be used as a tool to enhance learning. The main merits listed by these researches are its convenience. Smartphones, tablets, laptops, etc. are considered portable devices. Learning materials are made readily accessible and portable just by simply downloading them into these devices. Quite unlike traditional learning materials, which are often seen to be mountains of books and some writing materials. These devices can provide all that traditional learning materials provided, and more.


Another main merit that has been often been cited is the fact that most technological devices have access to the Internet, which is a wealth of knowledge. Not only can the Internet provide many different types of learning materials from e-Books to videos, it can also provide thousands and millions of categories of things to learn! Expanding your child’s knowledge is no longer limited to the books or materials that you buy. In fact, the Internet has shattered the glass ceiling on how much your child can learn.

Technology has tons of benefits, but of course, we cannot ignore the benefits that traditional learning materials can provide. The benefits of reading to your child is undisputed. Physical books provide a hands-on experience for your child. This hands-on experience allows children to relate physical sensations to an increase in cognitive abilities, which helps to engage the child. Physical books can also help children to focus on the content of the book, without being distracted by music and moving visuals in most technological materials.

A benefit that traditional learning materials is the fact that it often requires the help of a caregiver or teacher for it to be fully utilised. This is important because it encourages bonding between a caregiver and the child. More importantly, it helps the child to develop essential social skills as it encourages communication and attention from the caregiver or teacher. After all, such life skills should be picked up from a young age to ensure that it can be properly developed.


All in all, striking a good balance between technology-based education and traditional education methods is the best way to go. While it is important for technology to help and enhance learning, technology should not serve to replace traditional education means. Both technology and traditional education means bear their own benefits and costs. The most important thing to remember is that every child is different and this means that his/her receptivity to technology and traditional learning methods will vary too. Understanding how your child learns best is of paramount importance. You can download infographic that explains the pros and cons of technology and traditional materials here.


Here at School of Concepts, we understand the importance of customising learning according to the needs of your child. School of Concepts incorporates technology with traditional learning means to allow your child to reach their highest potential, thereby bringing out the self-directed and self-motivated learner in them. If you are interested to learn more about our lessons and teaching methods, do drop us an email at hello@schoolofconcepts.com or call us at 6909 1883.



Sources:

https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/15391523.2010.10782562

https://www.education.vic.gov.au/documents/about/research/readtoyoungchild.pdf

https://www.scholastic.com/parents/books-and-reading/reading-resources/developing-reading-skills/e-books-vs-print-what-parents-need-to-know.html


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