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Technology is simultaneously the best and the worst

thing that ever happened to


education. Students are learning in a different way
than past generations due to the invention of the
Internet, the calculator, the electronic book, and the
overall advancement of technology.
One of the most pressing matters concerning technology and education is the
way it has affected the testing of knowledge. The integrity of exams is
questionable since the widespread availability and use of technology. Students
have the ability to text message answers to one another, photograph tests and
electronically publish content on the Internet. On the other hand, technology
can be a great aid in studying for maor exams. Students can use electronic
flashcards, take practice tests, or study in conference calls through the
Internet. !ractice tests are scored instantly and provide students with feedback
about which sections need the most attention. In this way, computers and cell
phones can provide a wonderful service for educators.
!aper tests aren"t the only things that are becoming obsolete these days,
either. #ooks are now available online in an e$book format. Some students
still buy paper books, but, in the end, electronic books are cheaper. They are
also delivered instantly without having to worry about returning them, selling
them back to the bookstore, or carrying them around. Instead of hauling
several pounds of books to class, students are now able to carry a single laptop
or e$book reader with them. This way students can access the textbook in
class while also taking notes. Typed notes are more organi%ed, easily shared,
and recorded more quickly than handwritten notes.
&ikewise, many schools and universities choose to communicate with the
student body electronically to ensure that every student receives a message.
'rades are posted online for easy access, and parents no longer have to worry
about their children hiding a poor grade. ($mail allows teachers to address
issues with parents without requiring a physical meeting. )ollege students and
advisors also benefit from being able to register for classes online.
)omputer programs such as *ath)+, or *aple generate answers in a similar
fashion. -hy would anyone learn the material if they had a computer to do it
for them. This can be crippling to mathematics students that become
dependent on technology. +ll too often, the reali%ation of this dependence is
not evident until students sit down to take a pen$and$paper test without their
programs or calculators.
/owever, that"s not to say that other areas don"t suffer from technology as
well. /undreds of websites now offer to write anything from a short response
answer to a graduate school thesis for a few dollars. These works are
untraceable as plagiarism because they are written specifically for a single
student. + teacher or professor, even if cheating is suspected, would have a
difficult time proving that the student didn"t complete the work.
,espite its negative points, technology has become a necessity of life.
Technology has irrevocably changed education and will continue to do so.
*odern students, teachers, and parents alike simply cannot function without
it.
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by Bethany Johnson
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