Technology is broadly defined as the use of tools to solve problems. It can include tangible tools, such as utensils and machines, and intangible tools, such as computer software. Technology can also refer to the methods used to create such tools, such as the scientific method and engineering.
There are many benefits of using technology in a classroom or education, it can help students learn more efficiently and easily. It can also help teachers communicate with their students easier. However, there are some disadvantages of technology as well. For example, it can distract students. Students often use social applications on their phones during class, which can result in them being distracted and missing out on important information. It can also cause distractions for the teacher.
Typically, the development of a technology from its initial invention to a useful tool is a long and complex process. This is because the underlying science or engineering behind an idea is not always directly applicable to the desired end product. It is also common for seemingly promising technologies to stall or fail midway through their development, a phenomenon known as the death valley. Despite these challenges, the use of technology has become an integral part of modern life. It plays an important role in the economy and society and it is crucial to understand how to implement it effectively and responsibly. This is a theme that permeates The Open University’s Computing and IT qualifications.