Extra Readings! (Updated)

Technology is something we all have experiences with. Many people, including myself, believe that technology and the advancement of technology is a great thing. In schools especially, there are many benefits when incorporating technology with education. But there are some important aspects to consider when evaluating whether too much is good or not. Below includes readings that discusses and evaluates technology as a whole and technologies in schools.

 

Technology as a whole: good or bad?:

Parker, Colette. “The Advancement of New Technology. Positive or Negative?” Linkedin. N.p., 12 Apr. 2015. Web. 13 Mar. 2016.

 

  • In this blog post-type article, Colette Parker discusses technology as a whole. Parker brings both sides to the table, the positives and negatives of technology. Throughout the post, Parker goes back and forth when talking about the positives and negatives of technology, and brings in examples throughout the “golden age” of technology. Technology is like a blade, it gets refined every year as something new comes out. Parker ends his post by saying technology has its good and bad, but it is up to people to decide whether it will be used for positive or negative outcomes.

If you want to have a better insight for technology, you should read this as it brings up fair arguments to both sides of technology.

 

Effects caused by technology:

Ramey, Karehka. “Technological Advancements and Their Effects on Humanity.” Use of Technology. N.p., 12 Nov. 2012. Web. 13 Mar. 2016.

  • In this article, Karehka Ramey talks about technological advancements and the effects it has on us. First we have the smartphone, does basically anything we want, and it simplifies our lives by letting us do tasks we would normally need a computer to do. This results in us relying on our phones more often and have less human interactions. Next we have advancement of technology in the medical field. This one is pretty self explanatory, as more and more advancements are made in the medical field, doctors are able to use this and say many lives. New drugs are being created to with new technology to cure diseases we were not able to do anything about before. With that being said, people would rely more on these new technologies in the medical field, and not care for their body as much because there are a good amount of things, health related, that can be fixed through technology.

This is a good read if you want to learn more about technology, and the different impacts it has in different fields.

 

Technology in education:

Semary, Hebatalla El. “Barriers to the Effective Use of Technology in Education: Case Study of UAE University.” Barriers to the Effective Use of Technology in Education: Case Study of UAE University 01.05 (2011): 22-32. Web. 13 Mar. 2016.

  • In this paper, Hebatalla Semary finds solutions to use technology effectively in a classroom setting. In two of my previous blogs, I discusses where briefly touched on whether technology in schools were good and came to the conclusion that if used correctly, then it is not only good but also very beneficial for students.  Semary comes up with a plan to help create a positive environment for technology. It all comes down to the teachers, since they are the ones who interact with the students the most throughout the day. From there they just need to develop strategies to effectives use technology before going in blindly. This is important to read if you are planning to be a teacher yourself and are deciding how to implement technology in a classroom setting where it will be beneficial for the students. This paper clarifies the notion that technology is bad for students. Yes it’s bad if used in the wrong way, but great if used correctly; it’s like a double edged sword.

Lim, Cher Ping, Yong Zhao, Jo Tondeur, Ching Sing Chai, and Chin-Chung Tsai. “Bridging the Gap: Technology Trends and Use of Technology in Schools.” JSTOR. International Forum of Educational Technology & Society, n.d. Web. 09 Apr. 2016.

  • In this peer reviewed article, Ping discusses the current state of technology in schools. Where is it at? Ping compares the whole education system to that of a business. For example, businesses are using technology to improve efficiency and overall work ethics. Schools need to start accommodating for students by allowing technology to be used. Not only will this improve their learning experiences, but also prepare them for the real world.

Behrens, Sig. “The Education-Technology Revolution Is Coming.” US NEWS. N.p., 1 Mar. 2013. Web. 16 Apr. 2016.

  • In this article, Sig goes through the positives and negatives of technology. Throughout this article, he is trying to argue for technology being implemented in schools. Why should we restrict something that we know is going to help us, especially students? While technology is great and all, it is not the key to all problems as Sig mentions. Similar to Ping, Sig compares the school model to a business; he uses amazon as an example. Schools have to better package themselves if they want to make an impact on the student.

What is a “good life”?

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Have you ever wondered if too much technology is good for you? Or rather, if technology is good at all? In this scholarly article by Edward H. Spence, he discusses whether technology is good for us in a more definitive and philosophical way. A way that most of us probably haven’t considered yet. Spence starts off by defining his terms, such as “good life”, “eudaimonia”, and “wisdom” to give his audience a sense of what he is using to base his findings on whether technology is good or not. He says that a good life may include, “first-order technologies such as computers, for example” (340). This  shows that simple things such as computers can lead to a good life since it aids in productivity and makes life simpler. In short, Spence comes to the conclusion that technology leads to eudaimonia, which is the state of good spirit, and that in turn leads to wisdom. And by achieving both, “ [it] informs the conception of a good life and directs its active pursuit for the attainment of eudaimonia, is an essential condition for both the conception and the attainment of a good life” (340). Since all of the above is obtained, then technology is good and contributes to a good life. In one of my previous posts, I’ve discussed whether too much technology is good or bad for us in a more confined area of technology, and came to the conclusion that too much is bad for us.

After reading this article, I realized that I was just thinking on a more specific level of technology, such as technology used in school/education. I wasn’t thinking about technology in a more theoretical and philosophical way as Spence did. When I was doing research on a specific category of technology, I often time come to a conclusion that it is negative. And I would bring that same type of mindset into the next research relating to technology, which would lead me to think about more of negatives about that technology than positives. If this continued, I would eventually make myself believe that technology is bad. Spence does something so simple such as defining his terms of what a “good life” is and uses that to determine whether technology is good or not. But he does this in a way where he brings the conversation to a deeper level.

Although the points that Spence makes are good, I feel as if the reasons are too “definition based”. Defining your terms is key in writing, but Spence does it in a way where it feels a bit forced because he is trying to prove that technology around us leads to a good life. Spence is trying to connect all these thoughts together just by using definitions. In a way, he is using the transitive property in math, which says, “If a=b, b=c, then a=c” to make his point. Though using definitions to prove a point is not easy, Spence should have provided research data to further support his outlook on technology. For the most part, the reasons Spence brings up are valid and pertain to most of us. To summarize Spence’s paper in a sentence, one could easily say, “Technology makes our lives easier and is good for us”.

 

Works Cited

Spence, Edward H. “Is Technology Good for Us? A Eudaimonic Meta-Model for Evaluating the Contributive Capability of Technologies for a Good Life.”Nanoethics 5.3 (2011): 335-43. ProQuest. 5 Mar. 2016 .

Too much technology? Is it good?

Did you ever wish you could have the technology now when you were a kid? As we already know, technology plays a huge role in our lives. Whether it be a car or a smartphone, technology impacts us so much to the point where we do not even realize it. One board and simple argument is that technology is too much technology is bad for us. In a Huffington post by Steven Nelson, head of the Calhoun school, he addresses an article that was published on New York Times about handwriting. Nelson argues against the NYT article, which says that handwriting in this day and age is irrelevant because most of us have computers and typing is an error-free and faster alternative. While most people think that technology in education is a huge step forward, Nelson thinks differently, “technology is more a cause of what ails education than a cure for it.” He acknowledges the positives done by technology, but also notes that there are more negatives than positives. Nelson specifically talks about handwriting and how abandoning it will result in a loss of cognitive abilities and affect the development of  a child’s behavior.

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Technology can also affect how children think at a young age. Nelson says, “Children should be building towers with blocks, not playing Minecraft. They should be singing and playing real acoustic instruments, not downloading from iTunes.” I agree with Nelson, children should not be able to access technology that readily. When you are young, your brain is like a sponge and soaks up information. If a child were to spend most of their life inside the “digital world” then when they grow older, they might not develop any imagination or be able to think outside of the box. Not saying that technology is bad, in fact it makes our lives easier, but we should understand the negative potential outcomes of too much technology and learn to stop it. Such as minimizing the amount of time we spend on our computers and phones.

Another side of the argument is that the only reason why all these articles are being written about technology and how bad it is for us is because the media often blows it out of proportion and “makes everybody fear the inevitable…” Here inevitable means to completely shut technology out of our lives because it ruins our friendships, our social life, and our childrens. In this article, Eva Wiseman talks about how “switching off” technology is the root of all problems. She argues that the more time we spend differentiating between the online and real world, the worse the problems become. Wiseman makes a good point by saying that real life isn’t just when you are having a moment with someone, it is also when you are on the internet, posting pictures and tweeting about random things.

Both Nelson and Wiseman use similar strategies in writing to get the readers to side with them, and it is pathos. Nelson uses children as his, and when most parents read something regarding their child, they would take action to prevent that from happening. Wiseman engages her readers by bringing out the touchy subjects such as relationships and social life being ruined by technology.  As we can see here, the main strategy that these two writers uses targets the reader’s emotions and make them act according those emotions instead of logic. 

 

DeLoatch, Pamela. “The Four Negative Sides of Technology.” The Four Negative Sides of Technology. N.p., 2 May 2015. Web. 29 Feb. 2016.

Nelson, Steve. “Too Much Technology Is Bad for the Brain.” The Huffington Post. TheHuffingtonPost.com, 6 Sept. 2014. Web. 29 Feb. 2016.

Wiseman, Eva. “Is Technology Bad for Us? | Eva Wiseman.” The Guardian. Guardian News and Media, 13 Oct. 2013. Web. 29 Feb. 2016.