Rhetorical Analysis pt.1

Have you ever wondered how helpful technology actually is? In the paper, “Bridging the Gap: Technology Trends and Use of Technology in Schools”, by Cher Ping Lim, Yong Zhao, Jo Tondeur, Ching Sing Chai, and Chin-Chung Tsai discuss the gap between technology trends and the uses of technology in schools. The authors wrote this paper with the intention to inform people about how technology is affecting businesses and schools. They say technology itself is not what makes everything better, it is what the businesses and the people working there do to accommodate for technology. The authors say that their aim for the paper is “not on the use of technology per se, but rather on how technology may serve as a foundation and mediator for the transformation of practices in schools” (60). The paper is broken up into small sections where each section serves as a connection to the next. The authors start off with analyzing technology in our daily lives, whether it be work or play, and then moves on to how it connects with schools and finally ends with how we could connect the gap between technology and schools.

Throughout the paper, there is not much ethos besides at the beginning where there is a brief bio of all the authors, which is the only source of credibility given to the readers other than than the diction being used. The author’s diction, shown in the quote of the previous paragraph, that they are well educated. With this, we can see that the authors’ target audience are those who are educated and already researching about technology in schools.

The use of pathos is almost non-existent, but there is tons of logos throughout the paper. The main thing the authors do really well is defining their “basis” before continuing any further. For example, before beginning the whole argument of the paper, they define what modern technology is and relates it back to schools. This is something I plan on doing in my upcoming blog posts because when you define your basis or terms before getting into your argument there will be less of a chance to cause confusion. Another thing I saw throughout the paper was that the authors would present an argument against their claim and then immediately follow up with a counterargument of their own with credible sources. The authors said, “Studies have shown the ability of technology in improving productivity, saving costs…” in one paragraph and in the next paragraph we see them attacking these studies. They say that the studies don’t mention how companies change their business style to accommodate for the changes (technology). The main claim of this paper is technology is not a problem solver by itself, you need other factors for it to work well.

This source covers use of technology in businesses and then uses the relationship to go into the educational system. Since my question is, “Should technology be used in schools?” I think that this source would help me analyze schools and their use of technology  more in depth. This paper makes a valid point that you can’t just implement technology in schools without changing the way the school runs. I plan on going off of that in my future blog posts.


Works Cited
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.


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