After stumbling upon the classroom I always wanted in the year of Grade 7, my world has completely changed, as well as my vision of education.
In my year of Grade 7, I was one of the lucky students to get the "amazing" teacher, Mrs. Aspinall. I didn't know her too well at first, but that changed very quickly.
Technology really stumbled upon me one day in Math class when she mentioned you could program your work instead of doing it by hand. I thought nothing of it. One day we had to do our test and I asked her "Can I just do this on Google Drive?" and she told me
"I don't see why not.", so I went for it. I quickly began to use technology more and more in my education, across all of my classes. I would mainly use my iPad at that time because the school I was attending only had netbooks.
The next week in math class, she mentioned coding again. I figured that I was going to go for it this time, and I'm happy I did.
Mrs. A was one of the best teachers I've had. She has put me in a place where I'd never dreamed I would have been.
Near the middle of the year, we did our math test online using Google Forms. This was confusing at first but students quickly got used to it and asked if we could always have our tests using this method.
New technologies are being created daily. Education systems need to keep up with these technologies because in 2020, there is going to be 1 million computer science and technology jobs. 3/4 of those jobs will be unfilled if we do not have students engaged in technology.
I can personally understand why teachers would use paper. If students are just doing worksheets, a test that you want to mark on paper so it doesn't get lost through the internet, I get it.
Paper is a choice, as long as tech is an option too.