High schools and colleges often fight for the bragging rights of 1:1 computer to student ratios, large computer labs and technology-centered ‘pedagogy’. However, technology overuse is often the biggest detractor from valuable classroom time.
Sending students off to a website to do their own investigations may have no effect, especially when exposed to the distractions of the internet. Supervising students using the computer is even harder than without them: are they playing games, on Facebook or actually doing their work? The internet also allow plagiarism through website such as Yahoo! Answers, which allow users to ask questions and get responses from other users, fast; it is just two clicks away with copy and paste.
Typing also reduces the ability to write neatly, a skill highly valued in any workplace, as well as researching using sources other than the internet. The costs associated with up-keeping and purchasing new technology is also extremely expensive. A laptop from two years ago is often already outdated with faster models and newer software which requires licensing.
Instead of focusing on the newest technology, money should be spent on improving teacher to student ratios and exploring more engaging forms of learning for students.