Technology has become a key aspect of our day-to-day lives. Whether it be an alarm clock in the morning, reminders for special events, or websites to submit homework, technology has helped us advance our daily routines.
When it comes to education, it is no different. As time progresses, schools have incorporated modern technology into their curriculum and students’ lives. With a developing society, it is becoming harder to conserve traditional teaching. Greenwich High School is no exception to this change.
Technology can be seen all around in Greenwich High School, from students roaming the halls on their smartphones to Smartboard-equipped classrooms. Even during assemblies, technology is utilized to better educate the audience. There is also not a classroom that does not have an outlet for an electronic device. Without a doubt, technology is an important aspect of education and teaching at GHS. Yet, it was not always like this.
A survey conducted among several teachers reveals GHS has changed significantly, technology-wise.
“We used to wheel in TV screens on carts every once in a while, and use computer labs for research and writing assessments,” stated English teacher Mr. Bloch. Today, we can simply watch and stream whatever grabs our attention at just the tap of a screen.
Another shocking change would be access to Chromebooks.
“Each student is given a Chromebook at the start of freshman year; this is new as of 2015,” responded Math teacher Ms. Buono. Another utilization of technology that is now widespread throughout GHS is Schoology. Chromebooks and other laptops are necessary to complete and submit homework as many assignments must be uploaded to Schoology for grading.
Thus, technology has begun to hold a major place in education. Some believe that it improves education. But, there are differing opinions on technology’s usage. Some criticize technology’s vast incorporation into teaching.
“I think we need to back off on the technology,” responded American Sign Language teacher Mrs. Flynn; “…research has shown that excessive use of technology is detrimental to the brain.”
Despite many technological development, we still see remnants of pre-computer teaching methods. Many classrooms still contain whiteboards, a newer take on the traditional blackboards of a previous generation. The introduction of SmartBoards has eclipsed the need for whiteboards in classrooms, yet some teachers opt to use the older boards.
Another older method of teaching is seen in the use of textbooks in subjects such as Math, History, and Science. Even when given the resources to relinquish these methods, we still choose to carry on long-used teaching styles. Some members of the GHS community see a way for technology to work with purely cerebral teaching strategies.
Doctor Vartuli, who teaches Chemistry, stated, “I believe technology has its place but hands-on experimentation and collaboration are also important skills for student success.”
Despite many mixed responses to the usage and utilization of technology in school and the classroom, it is self-evident that technology will only continue to advance, potentially reshaping education more than it has already.