The Importance of Technology in Education

Technology is an ever-increasing presence in our lives. It plays a key role in the world of science, but its precise meaning is difficult to define. Some equate the word with gadgetry while others think more broadly of the ways we interact with the world around us. Nevertheless, understanding how people shape and use technology is essential – not just for those who research, develop and implement new technologies but also for all the people who come into contact with them in their daily lives.

The term “technology” can be used to refer to anything from a simple tool that helps with everyday tasks like opening a letter or scheduling an appointment to more advanced software that allows for remote working or even digitising whole processes in the workplace. It is important to recognise that there are a variety of different types of technology available and that the correct tool for a task can greatly enhance productivity.

However, it is also worth noting that while technology can enhance efficiency and improve the quality of life, it is equally possible for it to have a negative impact on human interaction. Some technologies, such as machines powered by fossil fuels, can harm the environment and the communities that inhabit it. In these instances, it is important to seek out alternative clean energy sources in order to minimise the effects of technological advancements.

It is generally accepted that technology and culture are heavily intertwined. The relationship is often described as symbiotic, co-dependent, co-influential and co-producing. This means that technology influences and is influenced by such societal issues/factors as values, ethics, economics, institutions, groups and the environment.

Technology can be a source of great pride and power for many people, as seen in the case of the Wright Brothers’ flight or the development of nuclear weapons. However, the use of technology to manipulate and control the natural world has also been a cause of great concern. This has been reflected in dystopian literary classics such as Aldous Huxley’s Brave New World, Anthony Burgess’ A Clockwork Orange and George Orwell’s Nineteen Eighty-Four. More recently, it has been exemplified by the activities of Theodore Kaczynski (aka The Unabomber).

Integrating technology into teaching is one of the most effective ways to help students learn. It can be daunting for teachers to keep up with the multitude of different technologies, however, as well as new pedagogies. It is important to ensure that all students are familiar with a range of selected technologies and the skills required to use them effectively. This can be achieved by encouraging students to complete assignments based on the creation of technology-related materials such as guides on how to use software programs or even, for a more ambitious task, researching and writing about how certain technologies have impacted history or politics. In this way, students can build their own appreciation for the technologies they use on a daily basis.