Technology plays an important role in education; however, it is not to be confused with education itself. Modern education practices receive benefits from technology as many learners respond to education through methods of technology. As educators think about the future of education, they must strengthen the definition and purpose of education. Education is often compared to two other industries: journalism and publishing (Hieronymi, 2012). That comparison is incorrect on many levels. Education is the training needed to make use of information and ideas while journalism and publishing transmits those ideas. Educators are coaches who provide individualized instruction to transmit information and ideas. Education information is transmitted through technology using computers and devices; however, these devices are methods for delivering information, not understanding it. Educators are charged with coaching students to think for themselves. The capacity of technology should be celebrated but not confused with the training required to gather information and ideas.
The question is presented regarding if technology will replace education or make education less expensive. While educators teach and provide college education, they do not provide complete college experiences. Colleges provide the campus experience, which is an education of a different sort (Hieronymi, 2012). Educators are in the business of training minds, and technology is an element of information transmission.
Hieronymi, P. (2012). The Chronicle of Higher Education. Don’t Confuse Technology with College Teaching.