Is Technology Evolving Education

Technology undoubtedly, has offered great improvements to education. In fact, perhaps technology and education are similes. I’m sure Jason Silva would think so. Technology and Education are ever evolving, the tools we use define the way we think and experience the world. Education is a technology, an individualized recording of human experiences that rely on the technology of books and experience to presumably prepare for a future.

If children in a classroom engage with their teacher with an iPad , will their work truly become more organized as the teachers suggest or is it just as easily lost in the digital world as stuffed in-between books in their desk? What other affects of overexposure to screen time can occur, ADHD? Or even not as extreme as labeling it- ADHD, how about the skill of developing slow cognitive thought?

I don’t question the use of some technology and exposure to technology, like in Art class if you don’t ever take out the fancy oil paints you never understand that medium. Or in the culinary world if you never use an ingredient or it’s cousin how can you prepare it without a really clear recipe. But the immersion of students into total technology feels wrong to me. Digital Technology can teach us many things but the process of learning needs to be multi-modal. I don’t want to raise children who can program software but can’t count apples in the grocery. Technology needs to enhance our education, release our minds from mindless tasks to create greater higher level thinking ideas, but first we all must learn fundamental life skills.

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Have we gone too far perhaps in a few years we will provide educators with the tool to read student’s thoughts.

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3 thoughts on “Is Technology Evolving Education

  1. You are right. Technology needs to enhance our education. But, there are technologies like Smartphone apps that can teach you fundamentals of education for example how to pronounce and spell. Use of such a technology can help students prosper in their academic skills.

  2. I believe that technology is going way too far in the classroom! I remember the very first “smartboard” we had in our classroom in high school and everyone was so amazed! The truth is pretty soon I dont think we will need teachers! Everything will just be online and on a computer! I do not agree with this being the best means to teach someone though. I know I learn best when I am being taught in a class room hands on with a teacher. I did an online class once and did horrible! So technology is going way too far!

  3. This was a very interesting article. I have thought about the use of technology within the classroom a lot since I will soon be a future educator as well. I totally agree with your statement that technology needs to enhance our education, release our minds from mindless tasks to create greater higher level thinking ideas, but first we all must learn fundamental life skills. Fundamental skills are extremely important for students to have. Technology is great to incorporate into the classroom, but we can not forget our basic skills.

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