It is quite clear that classroom technology has a lot of benefits like improved concentration, better teacher-student and student-student interaction. However, there are also negative aspects to the technology.
There is a lot of time that is needed to properly integrate technology into the classroom. Firstly, teachers need to be trained on its use and this training has to pass on to the students. More time is spent in adjusting to the new technology rather than in the actual teaching and learning of schoolwork.
The use of this technology requires skill and skill requires training. Teachers require training to ensure that they have the necessary skills to use the technology effectively. Without these skills, the benefits of advances in the classroom will not be fully realized. The technology may even be more of a hindrance than an educational tool.
Classroom technology is costly. Schools may cushion themselves by acquiring what they can afford. This may mean that there are fewer resources for the students to use. For example, there may be a limited number of computers in each classroom, making it necessary for students to share. This becomes difficult when there is individual work to be done. A likely solution is putting enough resources in one room but this presents its own problems. The students and teachers have to constantly be moving in order to access the technology. Because of the cost of teaching resources, teachers are forced to be limited in delivering their lessons.
There may also be the difficulty of finding quality resources like teaching resources especially when there are new versions of the technology. Teachers thus spend a lot of time researching and designing their own resources.
There is a possibility of technological failures that may occur. Teachers ought to have alternatives in case this happens. This increases the workload of teachers. On the other hand, teachers may fail to deliver a lesson if they are unprepared for such an event.
Source by Thomas Radcliff