Browne 1Talaysha BrowneENG 101Ms BoltonApril 11, 2011 Technology Faults in Teaching We as people rely on technology so much in America because we become toodependent on it. Technology has come a long way with the advancement process,especially dealing with teaching. The school system provides many different ways to helpus learn with all the different tactics they provide us, such as computers, my touch pads,electric books and more. Even though this is a good way to learn, it’s also a distraction.When it comes to technology and teaching it has its pros and cons, which we all couldagree. Technology has taken over and made teaching easier to help the students better butthe faults of using technology are noticeable, so when it comes to using technology inschool I believe it should have a limit to its use. As some of my fellow peers consider that are with technology being use inschools at all time I disagree with that however; I agree with other points they mad suchas, some of the teaching that technology could do such as using it with children withdisabilities, or teaching someone a foreign language. My classmate also said, “Childrenneed to be exposed to technology because technology will always be in existence and inconstant growth”. I agree that technology will always be around and I never said thatpeople or students should not be expose to technology. I’m saying the concept is not to bea major dependent on technology. What happen to old fashions ways? The days when a
Browne 2teacher who really cared and value their job, would take the time to help and make surethe students understand, not just children but everyone. Not every person is visual, hand-on or authoritarian. Everyone learns in a different way and technology does not offerevery point, view or ways to help someone learn. A teacher can educate or teach in a waythat we will understand personally. Having a limit to the use of technology in schools could help motivate thestudents into becoming more willing to do their work or studies. The Article,“Technology May Not Increase Learning” states that “The obsession of some school administration with obtaining the most innovative and cutting edge technology for their schools is leaving teachers and students in the dark. Not all teachers find it more effective or even easier to teach with laptops, hand held’s devices and other high tech gizmos, which have begun to force out traditional, proven methods of teaching (par.1).”This is basically saying that technology is advancing rapidly that some teachers can notkeep up with it. Michael Zwaagstra is an education expert and high school teacher thatsays, “Computer technology is only a tool and is only useful if teachers know how to useit effectively (Par. 3).” If the teachers can not keep up with technology they can not teachyour child the correct way to use it in order for them to even learn the subject correctly.In the book “technology and teaching”, helps the teacher and student better learn how touse the technology they are offering better but if their not interested, what’s the use ofusing technology all the time in school. In the book it says, “Good Luck.” But rememberif the teachers don’t want it the book isn’t going to benefit them the correct way. I don’t
Browne 3believe that parents don’t want the educator to teach their child something they don’tknow how to operate the correct way or anybody that’s in some type of learningenvironment. The article also stated that most teachers do not like the fact the devices arein the schools because it takes away their time when they could be doing hand-on workwith the students. According to Yowell, “The disconnect is a huge problem that is part ofthe problem of the disengagement of young people in schools (Trotter par.2).” I agreewith her statement because engaging in a students learning encourages the students andmakes them feel better that their doing good especially if the teacher is giving plenty feedback on the assignment. A student from Alexandria High said, "The most effectiveteacher I have is Mr. Nickley," said senior Jamal Stone. "He isnt into all this computerstuff. All he uses is the board—the whole board. Hes lively, energetic, witty and reallyknows his math. He forces you to pay attention; you cant drift off even if you want to (P.Welsh Par. 9)." This goes to show that students are also into the old fashion ways ofteaching. The devices are not the only way to attract students’ attentions. By working ona computer or my touch pad all day will bored the students and cause other distractionssuch as browsing the internet or finding sites they should not be on. We all know that ifwe get caught on a website that has nothing to do with the assignment that’s a write upfor under grade schools and a kick out the class for college students; If that happened tothe students, then they really are not going to know what’s going on in class becausethere not there do to the distraction of technology in class. Patrick Welsh a English teachat T.C Williams High school, states that, “But it’s just opposite faculty morale is the lowest and cynicism the highest I’ve seen in years. The problem? What a former Alexandria school superintendent
Browne 4 calls “technolust” a disorder affecting publicity obsessed school administrators nationwide that manifests itself in an insatiable need to acquire that latest, fastest, most exotic computer gadgets, weather teachers and students need them or want them (par. 3).”With this being said schools are having this gadgets and don’t even use them. This iswasting money and this is why we have budgets cuts in schools. Schools could have moremoney to do more educational things if they don’t use it in things that are just going toseat and get rusty. The money they are wasting toward the new technology could gotowards after school programs and tutoring sessions, that could be use to help raise testscores. Even though computers have been around the longest in schools setting it stillshave faults also, According to two professors that says, “Computer-assisted education is merely the latest in a series of attempts to use technology to improve education. However, while computers may make classrooms more "fun," in many ways technology hinders students ability to truly learn. For example, calculators and word processing spell-checkers do not help students learn arithmetic or spelling. Student-oriented technologies are often "black boxes"—they do not require students to understand the concepts or processes that underlie these technologies. Computers and other technologies make complex tasks easier, but when used in the classroom, they ultimately reduce students motivation to learn complex concepts (Par. 1).”Even this statement is enough to say that technology is taking away from studentslearning because it makes the work to easy. It takes away from their thinking process and
Browne 5their need to try even harder. With computers being the oldest technology around it’s stillhelpful but still causes problems in school settings. In conclusion, technology has taken over the school system in the wrong way.Most schools see it has fitting in and having the best devices but I thought it was about usthe people, the students. Welsh said it better “For a while, I thought it was just olderteachers like me—immigrants to the Internet world—who were chafing at the so-calledtechnology initiative, but it turns out that even the youngest teachers are fed up.”Theywould rather have a cyborg teaching than me," one young English teacher complained tome. "Its technology for the sake of technology—not what works or helps kids learn, butwhat makes administrators look good, what the public will think is cutting edge (P.Welsh. Par. 6)." So stop and think, is it about the students learning and becomingsuccessful or what devices make the schools look good? This is why I’m against havingpaperless classrooms. That’s why we should have limits to the use of technology weallow in schools today.
Browne 6 Works Cited1. Olson Joanne K. and Clough Michael P. “Computer-Assisted Education can undermine serious study.” Computers and Education. Ed. James D. Torr. San Diego, Greenhaven Press, 2003: Opposing View Points Context, Web. 10 Apr. 20122. Zwagstraa, Michael. “Computers in Classrooms May Not Increase Learning.” Has Technology Increase Learning? Ed. Roman Espejo. Detroit: Greenhaven Press, 2009: opposing view points context, Web 10 Apr. 20123. Trotter, Andrew. “Projects Probe New Media’s Role in Changing the Face of Learning; Funder funnels money to research on digital technology’s effects on education.” Education Week 2007: Opposing Viewpoints in Context. Web. 2 Apr. 2012.4. Welsh, Patrick. “Technology May Not Increase Learning.” Has Technology increased learning? Ed. Roman Espejo. Detroit: Greenhaven press, 209: Opposing Viewpoints in Context. Web. 2 Apr. 2012.5. William, Clyde. Using Technology in Teaching:New Haven, CT: Yale University Press, 2005