Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Technology in the Classroom: Too Much, or Not Enough?

Earlier, we discussed how some schools were incorporating the iPad into kindergarten classrooms as a part of their early childhood education program. However, technology in the classroom is becoming more and more of a controversial subject.

While many schools are integrating iPads and other technology into their daily learning activities, others are going in a different direction.

The Waldorf School of the Peninsula doesn’t have iPads, or even computers for that matter—they use pens and paper and a chalkboard. Located in Silicon Valley, it is one of approximately 160 Waldorf schools in the country that focus on learning through creative, hands-on activities, with the belief that computers inhibit creative thinking, movement, human interaction and attention spans. Because of the schools location, three-quarters of students have parents with a strong high-tech connection, but they all agree that technology has its time and place.

In fact, some education experts believe that the technological push in classrooms is unwarranted, as it does not necessarily lead to higher test scores. However, in the case of the Waldorf Schools, there are no standardized tests, but 94 percent of students attend college, many going to very prestigious institutions. But then again, these students come from families who have the means to pay for it. While there’s no clear evidence and the debate still continues, it ultimately comes down to student, parent and teacher engagement.

You decide—should technology be used by students in the classroom? Or should it be reserved for parents and teachers? Share your thoughts by commenting below, or on our Facebook or twitter pages.

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