How Educational Technology Becomes a Tool for Marginalization

The purpose of educational technology is to enhance the quality of education and educational opportunities in every country. For instance, convenience is an advantage that it can be a tool for efficiency. The globalised world demands for an advanced technology in education so that people will be equipped with necessary skills required in expanding employment opportunities. It also provides the avenue for everyone to be able to optimise the benefits derived from education. Technology in education also emphasises the need for quality education, which recognises that paradigms in education change side by side with various social determinisms.

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Everything that can be derived from the marriage of education and technology is valuable. This has the best potential to create innovations that can possibly change the backward educational system in the country. Furthermore, the opportunities that can be derived from this union is also valuable as these can create more avenues for forward thinking individuals hoping to advance the state of Philippine education.

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The Philippines is still backward in terms of educational technology because of the absence of equal access to it. With so many problems the educational system faces, the advancement of technology also becomes limiting. This state can be traced to the age-old problems of our educational system, especially in the commercialization aspect where profiteering is far more important than attainment of quality education.

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While it is true that technology made education easier for the more socially affluent, it also emphasizes the great economic divide in Philippine society. For instance, the lack of government support to basic social services such as education made it difficult for technology to penetrate impoverished schools in the country like several provincial state colleges and universities.

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Private schools, of course, can enhance their educational technology; however, the lack of government subsidy made it difficult for SUCs to enhance their facilities, as well as educational quality.

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It is imperative for all countries to improve technology in all schools, but from the vantage point of view of third world countries like the Philippines, technology becomes a tool for marginalization in education. In other words, technology becomes a privilege and not a right, when in fact it must be a right that comes with education.

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The new landscape might become a double edged sword in the Philippine educational system because of its alienation potential. Since not all have access to such opportunity, introducing and implementing it will rather become a privilege and not a right. The constitution calls for equal educational opportunities at all levels; thus, incorporating technology to education must also become accessible to all.

Then, where lies the opportunity? The role of teachers and students in the integration of technology is extremely important because they have the potential to bridge and address the alienation potential of technology in education. Their most important role is to ensure that technology is being used for the benefit of majority of the population. It is also their task to make sure that technology is serving the Filipino people, and not imperialist countries who are responsible for the development theory of underdevelopment. Students and teachers must be empowered to carry out this role efficiently.

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Crazy about popular culture, pre-colonial, and Spanish-era studies. Fan of Christina Aguilera and Katrina Halili.