I don't mean to down on technology-I like technology-but it really
doesn't improve learning. Online courses, for instance, offer an
opportunity for a degree with great convenience, but it doesn't improve my
ability to learn the material-I'd do better in an actual classroom, with
time dedicated regularly to converse with an instructor.Digital
devices don't help children learn more things or more quickly; we need
fewer distractions, and more faculty-faculty that can't sit back and not
care because of some union contract or whatever else, people who are engaged
with the children.Besides, reading a book doesn't even use
electricity. History, mathematics, literature, and pre-adult scientific
understanding aren't progressing so rapidly that we need the continuous
updates a tablet offers; books suffice.
This is an interesting issue. I would expect traditionalists to oppose changes
in the classroom, but their perspective seems to be on the wane. I don't
know what the answer is, but some argue that the way we learn is changing in
this new world. Frankly, I am amazed when I see toddlers using technology - how
do they know how to do that? While I love books and was trained in a more
traditional way, the explosion of information is astounding, and I've seen
its effects on me and my use of older technologies. Change is coming and will
overwhelm the traditional approach, whether we like it or not.
There is a place in the classroom for books of course but technology can make
books better as well. Especially textbooks. With the cost of textbooks so high
it's very difficult for districts (especially poorer ones) to keep up to
date on these books. The textbooks in my classroom are 15 years old which means
they have been in use longer than my students have been alive. The district is
not looking to update them anytime soon. With technology these books could
theoretically be updated at anytime. They also have links embedded in the books
that take students to specific sites where they can learn more about the topic -
which also gives teachers a level of control over what students look up. I would
gladly replace every book in my room for a digital copy that could stay up to
date and be used as a launching pad for more in depth learning. Yes books have a
place in the classroom but the days of a paper book should be over as soon as
I am a 60 year old grandmother who loves technology as much as those in the
younger generation. I love reading books on my ipod touch and using my
computer, e-mail, facebook, twitter every day. But, it has been shown that kids
do not comprehend as much when reading on a tablet, computer, or other digital
device. Also, when all books for our students are online and on devices, it
makes it much more difficult for parents to know what is being taught to our
children. What is inevitable is what we accept. Will we accept the use of
digital devices in our classrooms as the norm instead of paper books or will we
look at whether it truly benefits our kids to excel and make the choice that
does? If we do decide to use technology for all of this, which is
something I would strongly suggest against, it is being done poorly right now.
Kids actually see ads when online at school. I am very much offended that the
district would allow anyone to advertise to my grandchild when his/her attention
should be on the subject at hand.
Technology is a tool. It can be used effectively to educate or hinder. Also, I
could care less about test scores improving or not improving. Our students need
to be taught to think critically and act creatively. Technology is the medium
for the latter most certainly. However, I also agree that monies spent on
technology over humans is problematic. The human (teacher) in the classroom is
the most important element in student learning, that of course and the parent.
Throwing i-pads at our students won't solve the problems facing our schools
but more teachers to reduce class sizes and more aides and tutors will help
immensely. We also must invest in technology as well, both in the gadgets but
also the training. Overall, we need to invest a heckuva lot more in education
period. Our children deserve nothing but the best.
@The WraithThat was what I was thinking, I know I had a history book in
school with a chapter titled "Vietnam, The New War" and I graduated from
high school in 2005....
Balance is the answer. Having too much technology causes an imbalance in
one's life. To choose that is one thing. To thrust it onto our kids is
another. Know and learn how to use technology. Know more importantly, how
technology works. This can be accomplished without being glued to the digital
world.We are the generation(s) that will show all the good and bad this
new technology can do. Hopefully subsequent generations can learn from us.
I recently graduated from an online university, Western Governors in SLC. They
have this computer-based learning down to a science. We learned that our
textbooks and calendars (Planners) work best on paper. The exams and recorded or
live teacher lectures work best online. We would print out our digital textbooks
and rubrics for each assignment because we can see the whole book and assignment
at once which promotes retention and critical thinking by 90%.