Technology: Future of schools

Technology has always been evolving throughout the years, especially in education. Although we are still using chalk boards now, there are less of them compared to dry eraser boards. Now we have computers, projectors, and tablets in school which serves to reinvent the way students are being taught. Some believe that technology does not improve student’s overall abilities in schools, therefore technology should not be allowed it schools. So should technology be used in schools? Yes, technology should be used in schools because it gives students a different experience compared to the old way of teaching, i.e textbooks and busy work. Technology should be used in a way that allows students to gain new opportunities, such as a different way of learning, and experiences that they were not given before.

This is the 21st century, and with technology playing a huge role in our daily lives there is no reason why technology should not be implemented in all schools. The world we live in today is surround with technology, and children need to learn how to adapt and grow with these new technology. What’s better than having them gain experience while they are in school? Aside from students gaining valuable experience, schools and teachers also benefit from technology. According to this article, 92 percent of teachers said that technology, mainly the internet, had a huge role in changing their daily plans for students. Internet access allowed teachers to gather information more easily and have access to more resources and materials aside from the information given by textbooks. In an article by Jeana Lee Tahnk, a “tech mom”, goes over a few reason as to why technology is important to our current education system. Tahnk says technology not only allows information to be limitless, but also give teachers more freedom and for students to experience a different way of learning.

Classroom technology is not the only thing that has changed the way students are being taught. Online lectures have also played a huge role. In “How Technology Enhances Teaching and Learning”, Ellen M. Granberg discusses the major impact technology has had on students through online lecture/classes. Granberg starts off by talking about guest lecturers, but what makes these guest lecturers special are that they far from the school. Meaning that students are learning from someone who is far away through a screen. Granberg says, “this is an example of one of the creative ways faculty members… are using technology to enhance their students’ learning.” Without technology, the guest lectures may have to fly out just to give a lecture or the students might not even have a chance to experience a highly regarded professor. Granberg also provides a couple more examples as to why technology enhances student’s learning experience. She refers to Tomarken, a professor who teaches advanced statistics and methods, “incorporating computers into class discussion can also make extremely difficult courses much easier for students to grasp.” This is much needed to today’s school because most students need see an example for them to understand. Instead of sending the students home and letting them try to problem solve, Tomarken takes advantage of technology and make the students follow him as he goes through the problem and if any question arises, he can address it immediately.

Technology does not only benefit existing students, but also those with disabilities. This article by Kristin Stanberry and Marshall H. Raskind goes over what assistive technology (AT) is. It’s technology for students with learning disabilities. These type of technology seek to, “…bypass, work around or compensate for an individual’s specific learning deficits.” Traditional teaching methods do not work for students with learning disabilities. Teachers often give the same instructions to every student, but every student is different. AT allow teachers to customize individual student’s lesson to bring out the best of their abilities. AT comes in many varieties, there are some for students who have problems with listening, math, and many more. An example of this would be a student that is blind, and they are able to listen to the audible version of the book. Technology is not just for enhancing student’s learning experience, but also serve as aid for students with disabilities.

One might argue that technology only serves as a distraction for students and does not improve the student’s performance. This is true to some extent. But we have to remember that the way we were previously using technology is the wrong approach. We can’t just hand a piece of technology, like a tablet, and expect the student to know what to do with it. It has to be regulated. And with regulations, there will be less distraction with the use of technology. Let’s say that doesn’t work and students are not improving. The students are still gaining something out of this, and it is experience with technology. Another might argue that technology is not a golden key that solves all problems. I don’t disagree, technology itself is not going to help students improve. In this paper, Cher Ping Lim argues that just adding technology to schools isn’t going to make it significantly better. Changes need to be made to the whole educational system if you want to see results.

Here are some ways we are currently using technology wrong. We should not being using technology to keep a student occupied. It’s like busy work, they learn nothing. Technology should not be used for things that students could do without it. This article mentions drawings as an example.

Now that we have gone over the positives and negatives of technology, we can now move onto what steps we can take to implement/improve on the technology in schools. Lim says that all schools are different, so there is not a definitive solution for all schools. But there is one thing that all schools can do to implement technology effectively, and that is to teach teachers how to use technology in a way that is not only easy, but is also beneficial for the students. Lim mentions that schools change often, “the school context gradually evolves, changing the characteristics of teachers, students, and their technology uses, which further changes the challenges the school faces at different stages” (Lim 62-63). Meaning that if a school’s policy changes, there will also need to be changes made to the use of technology in that school. And the opposite is true too, if technology changes, then the school will need to change with it in order for it to work well.

When schools have already taken a step to implement technology, they should be aware that they have to continue to monitor it. To keep the use of technology effective, Lim says, “…new policies need to be made…more appropriate help needs to be provided to both teachers and student… while all these changes depend on strong leadership” (Lim 63). In a sense, it’s like a sword. When you get it you need to take good care of it in order for it to stay sharp. For technology it’s the same thing, you have to constantly keep up to date with it so there will not be problems down the line for students.

Technology should be used in schools because it not only enhances student’s learning experience, but also creates an environment where they can prepare for real world filled with new technology. In order for this to be possible, people first have to accept that technology does play a huge role in the education system and without it, schools would have a more difficult time adapting to the student’s needs. Next, teachers and students need to be taught how to use technology so there wouldn’t be any miscommunication. Finally, schools need to be up to date with technology. This entails changing schools policies for technology and vis versa. Remember, technology itself cannot solve all problems. In the end, it’s not what we use that defines us, it is how we use it.

 

 

Works Cited

Granberg, Ellen M. “Center for Teaching.” Center for Teaching. N.p., 2000. Web. 01 May 2016.

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. 01 May. 2016.

Nagel, David. “THE News Update.” One-Third of U.S. Students Use School-Issued Mobile Devices. Ed Tech Research, 08 Apr. 2014. Web. 21 Apr. 2016.

Purcell, Kristen, Alan Heaps, Judy Buchanan, and Linda Friedrich. “How Teachers Are Using Technology at Home and in Their Classrooms.” Pew Research Center Internet Science Tech RSS. N.p., 28 Feb. 2013. Web. 01 May 2016.

Stanberry, Kristin, and Marshall H. Raskind. “Assistive Technology for Kids with Learning Disabilities: An Overview.” Readingrockets.org. N.p., 2009. Web. 01 May 2016.

Tahnk, Jeana Lee. “Why We Need To Embrace Technology In The Classroom Right Now.” The Huffington Post. TheHuffingtonPost.com, 10 Oct. 2014. Web. 01 May 2016.

Zorigian, Kris, and Jennifer Job. “How Do Special Education Students Benefit from Technology?” How Do Special Education Students Benefit from Technology? N.p., n.d. Web. 09 May 2016.

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Technology in schools?

 

The education system today, mainly K-12, has many problems. Many schools are facing the same problem, should we use technology in schools? How will technology affect the students? Is it beneficial or harmful? I believe that technology should be allowed in schools because it not only enhances students learning experiences, but also gives them a chance to familiarize themselves with technology. In this post, I will go over the advantages and disadvantages of technology and what steps we could take to better implement technology in schools. Technology is rapidly evolving and it is important for schools to adopt the use of technology as it will not only benefit the students, but also the schools.

Over these past few years, schools have started to replace textbooks with tablets. In 2014, a third of the U.S. students had access to mobile devices for schoolwork. Tablets will provide students access to information they might not have when they are just given a textbook. Not only that, tablets are versatile, light, and easy to use which in turn makes students want to learn more. In this article, Sig Behrens, president of Blackboard Inc, talks about how the lack/limiting use of technology is harming students, “they are often forced to ‘power down’ when they enter the classroom. Instead of leveraging the mobile and social Web to fuel exploration and discovery, education is often still an analog, one-way activity: The instructor delivers information, students have to learn it.” Behrens is saying that students are not allowed technology in a classroom setting, thus limiting their learning experience because students use technology on a daily basis, and for it to be taken away as soon as they enter a classroom is wrong.

There are many more benefits when it comes to technology in schools. Such as making teaching for teachers easier, preparing students to venture on into the real world where it’s heavily reliant on technology, and most importantly making a more enjoyable environment for students. Some might argue that having technology, specifically mobile devices such as laptops and tablets, will distract students from learning. Students are in a controlled environment, the tablets and laptops given to them have set limitations; they can’t go on certain sites or download games. Another might argue that why should we even have technology in schools if it doesn’t improve student’s grades. Even if students are not improving, they are gaining a valuable resource that they otherwise would not have, which is experience in deal with technology. In this paper, Cher Ping Lim argue that just adding technology to schools isn’t going to make it better. You need to change the whole educational system if you want to see results.   

Now that we are on the topic of changing the system, we can now go into what steps should be taken in order for technology to be effective. The main component for technology to be effective is that the teachers need to know how to use it. Lim argues, “the way technology is used by teachers and students will make a difference.” Showing that in order for technology to show its results, both teachers and students will need to be taught how to use it effectively. In the end, it’s not what we use that defines us, it is how we use it.

                                                                  Works Cited

Behrens, Sig. “The Education-Technology Revolution Is Coming.” US NEWS. N.p., 1 Mar. 2013. Web. 21 Apr. 2016.

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. 21 Apr. 2016.

 

Nagel, David. “THE News Update.” One-Third of U.S. Students Use School-Issued Mobile Devices. Ed Tech Research, 08 Apr. 2014. Web. 21 Apr. 2016.

Rhetorical Analysis pt.2

Have you ever wondered what happens if technology was restricted in schools? Well Sig Behrens wrote an article just about this. In this article, Behrens goes through the positives of technology and how it created a new type of learner, “the active learner– who is using technology to drive change in ways that we haven’t seen before.” It seems that Behrens wrote this article because he wants to inform people about the current educational system right now and how it’s limiting students. Not to mention that he is the president of Blackboard Inc, a company that dedicates its time to create and help students learn topics in a different ways other than those being taught in schools. He wants to persuade his audience to re-evaluate the impact technology has on students, but also noting that technology itself is not a key to all problems.

At the beginning of that article, Behrens tries to capture the reader’s attention by writing, “Facebook will replace classroom instruction.” Behrens’ claim is that active learners move fast, and if schools want to keep up with them changes need to be made to accommodate for that. Throughout the article Behrens uses logos to show the connection between active learners and schools. He uses Borders as an example to how it continually failed to meet the consumer’s demands and Amazon eventually had to let go of Borders. Behrens says, “While they struggled to adapt, Amazon established an open platform that gave users more control, letting readers buy and share and discover on their own terms,” which eventually lead to Amazon creating their own “library” known as the kindle. Behrens uses this comparison, active learners being the consumer and schools being the company/institution, because most people are familiar with Amazon and knows how successful it is. He is using schools as a business, and to keep the consumers (active learners) happy there needs to be adjustments made to the educational system.

Behrens makes an appeal to ethos too. Whenever he supports his claim, he does so with hyperlinks so readers could dive deeper into the topic if they choose so. Before the article begins, there is also a direct mention that he is the president of Blackboard Inc. I’m pretty sure his target audience would know what Blackboard Inc is, but for those who don’t a simple google search would do the trick. Finally, when Behrens also touches on the fact that, “technology is no silver bullet” and cannot replace good teaching shows that he is prepared for counterarguments, so he addresses that concern first which adds to his credibility.

Behrens’ diction is very simple and to the point which shows that his target audience is for those who want to change the education system but don’t know where to begin. He also uses simple examples so he could better connect with his readers. Overall, Behrens’ use of logos and ethos was effective as it not only capture the reader’s attention but also kept his claim simple and easy to understand. Although I would’ve liked to see more of an appeal to pathos, as I think that it’s one of the most effective out of the three. In my future posts, I will keep in mind Behrens’ uses of simple and relatable examples to connect with the readers.

 

Works Cited  

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

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.

Digging Deeper

It’s 2016, when we talk about technology used in schools or “classroom technologies” we usually turn to the usual suspects: computers, projectors, calculator, etc. Depending on how you would define “technology” there are many other types, such as the old fashion chalk board to an ipad. Classroom technology has been constantly being created and evolving during the late 19th century and throughout most of the 20th and 21st century. Most of the things we wouldn’t even consider technology now helped reinvent the way students were taught and were aimed to enhance their learning experiences. Materials we readily have in our hands such as a pencil and a piece of paper replaced writing slates, which looks like a smaller version of a chalk board. Fast forward to today, the 21st century, we still have chalk boards but we also have computers, tablets, TVs, and projectors in a classroom to enhance student’s learning experience. So the question is, should technology be used in schools to enhance learning experience; is it beneficial or harmful?

Deciding whether technology should be used in schools to aid/enhance student’s learning experience can fit into all of the four categories:

Facts: we can determine if there are already technologies used in schools, which there obviously is. And then assess how it has affected the school and its students, such as is technology affecting them negatively or positively?

Definition: the main thing to focus on is what defines “technology”, more specifically, what is “classroom technology”? What does the words “beneficial” and “harmful” entail? With this defined, we can move on to determining how beneficial or harmful technologies are in schools.

Quality: just as important as definition. For quality, we would need to figure out whether or not technology is beneficial or harmful for students. For example, a question asked might be, “Is it better to have a textbook or a tablet?”  Is it right to have schools not advance because some students are not benefiting from technology?

Policy: we could look into how technology would affect students in the long run; are they going to be reliant on technology? If technology is indeed harmful for students, how do we solve this problem? What if we ban technology in schools, how will this affect them?

 

There are two stasis types I want to focus on, the first being definition and the second being quality. I think that both of these go hand in hand. In order to do research on quality, we first have to define what we mean by technology. Everyone has a different definition for it, and by establishing the basis (like I mention in one of my blog posts), we can then come to an understanding and move on to questions relating to quality. These questions are important to discuss in order to find an answer to whether technologies used in schools are aiding the student’s learning abilities or not. This topic is important in general, considering that we are in school right now, and we should have some knowledge on how technology is affecting us, whether good or bad. And maybe sometime in the future when you have children, you would want to know how technology has run its course in the education system. We have been talking about creating a better educational system for years now, and it’s important to discuss about technology if we want to establish a better educational system.

 

Works Cited

Dunn, Jeff. “The Evolution of Classroom Technology.” The Evolution of Classroom Technology. N.p., 18 Apr. 2011. Web. 01 Apr. 2016.

“Slate (writing).” Wikipedia. Wikimedia Foundation, n.d. Web. 07 Apr. 2016.

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.

Wearable Technology – the future?

Technology plays a huge role in our lives, whether it be a car or a smartphone. Recently wearable technology, such as a smart watch or fit bit, has come into its infant stage. In “Where Wearable Technology Ends Up”, Nick Bilton describes his experience with wearable technology and how it has held up throughout his time with it. Bilton says that all the wearable tech that he had bought throughout the years has just been left in his junk drawer after only just a few uses. What Bilton is trying to say is that wearable technology, such as a smart watch by Apple, Samsung, etc, has come at the wrong time. We are not ready for wearable tech yet because the point can be made that whatever a smart watch can do, a smartphone can do that plus more. Bilton lists some wearable tech to prove his point. He mentions the google glasses that was launched a couple years back and says how that has flopped. According to this article, the main reason as to why the google glasses failed is because of its cost and the software bugs. He also briefly mentions the Fit bit, a watch-like device that tracks your health such as your heart rate and counting calories, and how it has gain $10 billion in the early 2015 and has now gone to $3.7 billion. The fit bit failed because it had too many problems with it, such as the battery not charging to not being able to sync to your mobile device.

The data and personal experience shown in this article leads me to believe that it is true that we are not ready for wearable technology yet. I mean, yes it’s pretty neat that we have gotten so far with technology that we now have a mini phone on our wrists, but most people don’t realize that it’s just a gimmick. Like I had mentioned in the pervious paragraph, wearable technology is just in its infant stage, it’s almost like a prototype for the consumers. It is important because consumers need to understand that smart watches are just a gimmick now, it serves almost no purpose of owning one besides looking cool. Consumers need to take a step back and look at the whole picture before buying these new wearable techs that will probably just end up in their drawer like Bilton said. Every year better versions of the previous technology comes out, like smart phones, and if it were this were the same for smart watches then people would try to get their hands on the latest and newest thing. But if we can just look past wearable technology for now, we would not be so inclined to buy the newest thing to replace the old one because we were not even in the “tech trend” in the first place. For example, when I was younger I wanted the newest gaming devices, whether it be a Gameboy to a 3DS, I wanted it all. But as I grew, I realized that I can’t be always chasing for the current new technology because every year an improved version comes out.

 

Topic Proposal

I am interested in technology because the topic itself is so vast, and I can take it into many different directions. Personally I am not a huge tech-savvy person, but I do enjoy exploring technology as a whole and seeing the different impacts it has on the world. Technology is already a huge part in everyone’s daily life and it affects them in a way which they take for granted. What I wanted to know is how did technology slowly seep into our daily lives and become a part of us. Is technology going to continue and affect our lives in the future? Is it going to permanently be a part of us and we would not be able to live without it? Is it possible to escape from technology? If so, how? These are the questions I would like to answer throughout my semester blog post.

Technology is a broad topic so I narrowed it down to how and why technology is continually affecting our lives and what we can do to stop being assimilated into this technological world.  First I intend to give a brief history of technology; such as when the first major technological advancement we have made and continue on from there. To make this much easier on myself, I will mainly be discussing about the common technology we use everyday, such as smartphones, laptops, cars, etc. At the end of this blog post, I hope I can inform the reader about how technology is affecting our lives and convince them to limit their use of technology that is almost affecting every aspect of their life. It might help if I have done a good bit of research beforehand because then I would know if the topic I’m choosing will have enough content for me to write about throughout the whole semester. This might change when I am blogging throughout the semester, but I plan to stick close to what I have plan now.

These past few years, there have been many articles outlining the growth of technology and how it is continually affecting our lives. In human kinetics, they do a good job in explain the positive and negative effects of technology on everyday life. There also have been countless articles about how smartphones are impacting our lives. Many people are writing about technology, mainly the ones we use daily, because it is extremely relevant to our lives. Everywhere you look, there is some kind of technology.

There are many different types of issues you can dive into when talking about technology. But in this case the main one would be how technology is affecting our lives in a negative way and what we can to do prevent this from happening. I am aware that it is nearly impossible to cut technology out of our lives completely because we are in the 21st century and technology is such a huge thing and is everywhere, but by the end of this blog I plan to come up with a solution to using less technology in our daily lives. Others might say that technology is a great thing, and I do not disagree. Technological advancements in the medical field, space, and many other things are great. But for this topic, I am mainly focusing on technology we use in our daily lives, such as TVs, smartphones, cars, laptops, etc. While there are positives in using these technology, I am bringing the negative impacts it has on our daily life without us knowing. Some aspects to consider when talking about technology affecting our lives is how it is impacting our social life and overall mood. These are the mini topics I plan on integrating in my blog tops throughout the semester.

I feel like everyone who uses any type of technology daily should care. Although it would not hurt those who live in rural areas with limited technology to know about this either because now they are able to decide for themselves whether they want to plunge into a city in the future and be surrounded by technology. Anyone who uses technology in their lives almost everyday should care because they should know how it is impacting their lives for better or for worse. Even if you do not use technology it is nice to know just incase in the future you plan to make technology a part of your life, and since you have already read about my blog, you would know you should limit yourself.