Schools should no longer teach skills that can be easily carried out by technology!! Debate:3

With its various applications, technology has rapidly revolutionized all aspects of our everyday lives. It has slowly but surely also impacted education and how we shape young minds. And as is always the case with technology, some schools have embraced it, while some continue to resist it for various reasons. The traditional classroom learning method that has a teacher standing on a podium in front of rows of students is still very prevalent. However, it cannot be denied that the use of automated technological platforms is on the rise, be it in the form of virtual or online learning software or other digital resources used to enhance teaching and learning in the classroom. With the rapid advance in technology, teachers are being encouraged to use educational apps and devices to supplement their instruction. There is no doubt that both the teams did a great job in the debate and the topic surely brings the heat in the discussion. In my opinion, I agree that technology is bringing a fun element to education, improves creative skills among students, and also brings confidence in doing any subject. However, while discussing in the breakout room, I discussed the fact how educators bring change in making students learn about any topic; For instance, learning grammar basics is very important in our studies, and it’s better for students to learn those skills rather than using some apps like Grammarly to correct the mistakes.

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Technology in schools

Parents and educators often view technology as an optional tool that keeps children from getting any physical activity and also something that distracts them from concentrating on their studies. However, with time, moderating ‘screen time’ has become an accepted reality for most parents. Parents and even educators have begun to see the value of introducing technology to education.

  • Technology in schools develops deductive skills in students so that they can understand the application of concepts in the workplace.
  • Technology in the classroom makes learning fun. Boring subjects can be made more exciting with videos and even games. 
  • Technology helps students retain information better. For example, students may be more likely to remember facts and information when they put together a PowerPoint presentation on the topic than reading from a book or listening to a lecture. 
  • All students learn differently. While listening to a lecture may help some, many students may also be inclined to learn better with visual aids, case studies, and simulations. Technology gives students more choice, agency, and ownership of how they want to learn.
  • As students take more responsibility for their learning by using technology to collect and retain information, the teacher’s role transforms into that of a guide- a motivational figure helping students along the way. This may do wonders for the student-teacher relationship.
  • Technology can make education more accessible, especially for students from rural backgrounds with limited resources, who are less likely to make it to the classroom than students from privileged backgrounds. If these students have access to say an online repository of classroom materials and school resources, they may be able to keep up despite the high rate of absenteeism.
Technology in Education

The use of technology is creating diverse educational opportunities that address a variety of learning needs and desires. At the same time, these advances nicely complement the fundamentals of good education: building an environment that encourages curiosity and challenges students in innovative ways, while providing them with problem-solving tools for the future.

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No two students learn the same way, but with the right insight tools, educators can address diversity in learning styles and experiences. Outside the classroom, students use technology in all aspects of their lives. Within the classroom, technology can make learning more fun and exciting. Teaching methods such as game-based learning (GBL) allows instructors to deliver lesson via interactive games and leaderboards. As said by Sushmeet, using video games can also improve fine motor skills. Integrating technology in education helps students stay engaged. Most students today have been using mobile devices like tablets and smartphones to play and learn since they could crawl. So it only seems logical to align today’s classrooms with the way that your students want and are used to learning.

7 thoughts on “Schools should no longer teach skills that can be easily carried out by technology!! Debate:3

  1. Hi Gunpreesh!

    You have created a fantastic blog post in response to debate #3, very insightful and informative! I appreciate your comment about still learning grammar in the classroom as opposed to using an app to support this specific skill. One of my good friends is currently a professor at the University of Regina teaching first year courses, and she recently commented on how poor grammar use is in her students submitted work. That leads me to question as well if our grammar use in written work has been greatly effected because society is now so used to texting, messaging, snapchatting, etc. There is a place for informal texting and a place for more academic written work, but it seems as though the two are colliding.

  2. Great blog post! I think that the teaching of basic skills are important initially, but as we develop competency it becomes less relevant. For example when I introduce my students to factoring techniques in mathematics we initially spend quite a bit of time doing manual computation. By the time we get to higher level grades I allow them to use quadratic formula apps found on graphing calculators to save time.

    I am little bit hesitant to agree that technology makes instruction more engaging or exciting. I think good teaching practices make classes more engaging regardless of the level of technology employed. I think that technology can augment the work of excellent teachers, but no amount of technology can make stale teaching exciting.

  3. Hey Gunpreesh
    Will Done Gunpreesh! yes, technology is bringing a fun element to education, improves creative skills among students, and also brings confidence in doing any subject . I really like your thoughts about use of technology in school but I think schools should also teach some basic skills such as multiplication, cursive writing because some students and even some schools specially in India are not able to access technology or internet.

  4. Interesting take on the debate. I think from the disagree stance, we are not disagreeing about the importance of technology, and think that it does in fact have a very important role in education and within our classrooms. Our group’s points more focused on the necessity of understanding and applying basic skills, and then using technology to supplement these understandings in order to promote higher-level thinking, understanding, critical thinking, and problem-solving skills. In no way shape or form do we think that technology should or does not play a vital role in the classrooms.

  5. Hi Gunpreesh,

    Thank you for sharing your great thought on this topic. I agree with what you said that learning grammar basics is very important in our studies, and students should learn those skills rather than using some apps like Grammarly to correct the mistakes. I think it is true. Grammarly cannot fix all the grammar mistakes (even though you update to premium)! Students need to learn how to correct grammar mistakes on their own, and not depend on these tools because it is an essential part of the process to build up the language!


  6. Hello Gunpreesh,
    I agree with you that students learn in many different ways and we need to provide support in their choices, but they still need those basic skills. You know I love game-based learning, I’m so glad you brought that up! I had said earlier on my blog that game-based doesn’t have to mean technology, but no matter what I’m creating it digitally first. We do need to adapt to our students learning, and that choice is so important!

  7. Thank you for your reflection. You have shared bunch of information in your blog post. I believe that everything has both pros and cons and same applies on technology. I agree that we need to adapt with the learning procedures of the students and check that if they are interested in studying with the help of technology. Also, I am a big fan of Gamification and I believe it is one of the interesting process to make the learning simpler and engaging.

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