I am currently writing a paper on if classroom technology is a key element for learning or more of a distraction from learning. Assuming that the teachers are properly using the technology, are the students getting distracted by technology or is it absolutely necessary to be included into a classroom. I was hoping to get some feedback and teachers opinions about this issue. Thanks for your help!
I think you have described an important element--technology has to be integrated properly. If not, students will become distracted by the technology use. In addition, students have to know how the technology 'fits' the lesson and how to successfully use the technology. Is technology absolutely necessary? No, however, if the technology facilitates a deeper understanding that can be communicated no other way, then it can be a vital part of teaching. For me, technology is a tool...it has to be utilized properly, otherwise it makes our job as teachers harder.