The Science content area seems to be the biggest adopter of technology with 71% of teachers using online video, 81% researched the internet for materials to use in their classes, 31% pinned classroom lesson plans to Pinterest and 58% watched Ted Talk on a topic of interests (Byers 2016). However there will always be challenges when trying to implement these types of technology into any content area. The major obstacle with using technology specifically for Science is finding ways to give students the same hands on experiences and lack of social interactions (Flick & Bell 2018).
With the technologies that are now available for teaching and learning students are able to get that same hands on experience with added benefits. The use of simulations engages the students and allows them to see outcomes based on the changes they make while using the simulation, in real time. Virtual Labs are another popular tool being used to give students that hands on real life interaction needed in the science classroom. This type of technology also has added benefits. Students will be able to use the latest and greatest equipment at a lower cost and it also opens up the door for students to be able to freely experiment without any safety risks. The added use of mandatory discussion forums can help keep the social interaction aspect in the classroom.
Over the years technology has grown and even though there will always be some obstacles, we as professionals, always find solutions around them. In my opinion the added benefits with using the tools mentioned above outweigh the potential issues.
Byers, A. (n.d.). Science Teachers “Speak Up” About Technology in the Classroom. Retrieved from http://nstacommunities.org/blog/2016/09/08/science-teachers-speak-up-about-technology-in-the-classroom/
Flick, L., & Bell, R. (n.d.). Preparing Tomorrow’s Science Teachers to Use Technology: Guidelines for Science Educators. Retrieved from https://www.citejournal.org/volume-1/issue-1-00/science/preparing-tomorrows-science-teachers-to-use-technology-guidelines-for-science-educators/