Throughout the past couple of years technology has become more
and more integrated in our lives. It’s now normal for primary school children
to have the most advanced phones and gadgets. Even though these technologies
are mostly used in their social lives they can also be effectively used in a
learning environment alongside traditional teaching methods to give children
the best possible learning experience. Throughout time the way people learn and
the way people are taught have changed dramatically, in recent years digital
technologies have become ever more present in the classroom.  The Scottish education endowment foundation
state “The use of digital technologies to support learning are very varied, but
a simple split can be made” Firstly they talk about how technologies can be
used as programmes for students. This incorporates technologies that help
students with their learning for example using a piece of technology to help
with a problem solving task with an instant access to knowledge. Secondly they
talk about technologies for teachers to use, that help them teach. This
includes things like an interactive white board, projectors and online
materials that help expand the method of teaching.  These technologies have no doubt aided
teachers and students in their learning in many ways. (Hinrichsen,
J. & Coombs, A. (2013)) also believe that digital technologies should be
used throughout the curriculum when they state “In curriculum terms, the
development of digital literacy will involve using devices and software but
should also be recognised and made explicit in analytical and discursive
practices; in syllabus content; in assessment design and grading criteria; and
in formal course specification documents” It is clear that digital technologies
have no doubt made their way into our learning system for better or worse,
however, this essay will discuss and analyse how digital technologies have
changed, and still changing the way people learn.