The Risks of Technology in the Classroom

Technology has become an invaluable tool for teaching students in the classroom. It provides increased access to information, new methods for learning and expanded approaches to collaboration and engagement. Yet, it also comes with inherent risks that must be minimized and mitigated to maintain a safe and effective educational environment.

Technology Risks To Consider

There are two risk aspects to consider. The first involves student behavior and safety, while the second concerns informational security and confidentiality.

  • Student concerns: Incorporating technology in the classroom risks putting students in vulnerable positions. Academic honesty has long been an issue, but in the age of technology, the concerns are amplified. Most disturbing, however, is that utilizing social media in the classroom opens the door wider to cyberbullying and other social issues.
  • Information concerns: Maintaining the security and confidentiality of student information is a legal responsibility. The use of technology increases the risk that information will fall into the hands of those who do not have the right to access it. It isn’t just the cybercriminals that present a threat. Other students and the internet at large could also potentially get ahold of sensitive information.

Technology in the classroom is not going away. It has opened the door to endless opportunities, but it also creates numerous risks. Knowing those risks is the first step in preventing, minimizing and mitigating them to create a safer learning environment for students.