At first glance, it might seem that the relationship between technology and education is all positive. We now have the technological tools to disseminate knowledge to students across the globe. No longer limited by geography, a student can learn from some of the best and brightest sources in the world, no matter where they are, as long as there is an Internet connection available. However, there are also disadvantages to technology within the educational sphere, such as the growing rate of plagiarism within educational institutions as well as the argument that technology facilitates learning that isn’t ‘in-depth.’
We’ve seen incredible changes in the world of education during the past decade, primarily due to technology becoming so widely available and affordable. In a sense, information has become democratized. No matter how far removed a place is, as long as there is Internet access, information of all sorts can be accessed by potential students who are interested in learning.
Technology also provides access to more than just a standard sort of written course materials. There are highly interactive study programs available online, such as TelePresence in which participants across the globe can interact in real time, as if they were actually sitting in a classroom together. Multimedia tools and other innovative educational technologies have also allowed those with learning disabilities to bridge the gaps they previously faced.
However, there are also negative aspects that have come with the rise of technology, such as students’ ease of access to materials and the constant lure of plagiarism. Both the modern day technological culture as well as the constant access to the internet has made plagiarism a growing threat to learning intuitions across the globe.
There is also the argument that technology has created a lack of depth in learning; students who are bombarded by technological inputs might be more inclined to skim the surface information on many topics without truly getting an in-depth understanding on any of them.
However, for students truly interested in receiving an education, there is no value in committing plagiarism or skimming through information. Properly citing sources, utilizing solid research methods, and critically thinking through problems are all essential tools of learning. Students truly interested in learning won’t be satisfied with skimming the surface of topics -- they’ll be the ones to dive in for a deeper understanding.