Downfalls of technology in the classroom

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  • Students spend more time in front of the computer screens than they do interacting with peers and teachers. According to Marcia Tate, more learning time is wasted by having students sit entirely too much! Technology also affects how children communicate outside of the classroom… Ex. Two boys went out to eat with Dad…Both boys were listening to their IPODs while Dad was reading the newspaper. Not a word was spoken for an hour! They are not forced to communicate verbally which allows some children to become withdrawn and anti-social.
  • Students slip through the cracks…They either understand the meaning behind the lesson or they fall behind. Many children MASK their interest and comprehension while others are able to keep up. Interest levels vary among children just like their attention spans! Technology and software require time and effort to master! This can be an impediment for students that need to master skills that are necessary to work and function with the new technology.
  • There is not enough research on technology and the effectiveness on children to determine that it should be the center of classroom instruction!
  • Chatrooms, Instant Messenger, MySpace websites etc. all allow children to become victims of sexual assault. Children are growing up sooner than later! Children see celebrities and icons and want to be just like them!
  • Children are not forced to learn material because they don’t have to! Technology-calculators, spell check etc. save them! They don’t really have to think!
  • Downfalls of technology in the classroom

    1. 1. Downfalls of Technology in the Classroom Kurt Killewald
    2. 2. Technology is incorporated into the classroom in numerous ways… <ul><li>Calculators </li></ul><ul><li>Videos </li></ul><ul><li>Computers Search Engines, Word Documents, Power Point Presentations, Video Streaming, E-mail </li></ul><ul><li>Smart Boards </li></ul><ul><li>Listening Centers </li></ul><ul><li>Pod Casts </li></ul><ul><li>Webpage Design </li></ul>
    3. 3. Isolation in the Classroom <ul><li>Screen Oriented </li></ul><ul><li>Less Social Interaction face to face communication w/ peers and teacher </li></ul><ul><li>Passive activities are NOT conducive to learning </li></ul><ul><li>Students spend more time in front of the computer screens than they do interacting with peers and teachers </li></ul>
    4. 4. Sink or Swim? <ul><li>Students grasp the material or fall behind… </li></ul><ul><li>Some MASK their emotions Do they truly understand the material? </li></ul><ul><li>Are they daydreaming? </li></ul><ul><li>Can they keep up? </li></ul><ul><li>Students “look” to please others! </li></ul><ul><li>Emotional Roller Coasters </li></ul><ul><li>Anxiety, Stress, Fear, Depression, Medication </li></ul>
    5. 5. Technology and software require time and effort to master! <ul><li>This can be an impediment for students that need to master skills that are necessary to work and function with the new technology. </li></ul><ul><li>There is not enough research on technology and the effectiveness on children to determine that it should be the center of classroom instruction! </li></ul>
    6. 6. Computers serves ONLY as tools! <ul><li>A tool is only as effective as the mind using it! </li></ul><ul><li>Computers alone can't develop critical thinking skills or decision making abilities. </li></ul><ul><li>A student must bring knowledge with him/her every time he/she sits down in front of the computer. </li></ul><ul><li>Technology is only as effective as the teacher behind the student or the mind behind the child! </li></ul>
    7. 7. Negative Impacts on Children <ul><li>Sites are not filtered </li></ul><ul><li>Sexual predators </li></ul><ul><li>Exposed to violence, advertisements, inappropriate language/lyrics and music videos </li></ul>
    8. 8. Negative Impacts on Children Cont. <ul><li>Chatrooms, Instant Messenger, MySpace websites etc. all allow children to become victims of sexual assault. </li></ul><ul><li>Children are growing up sooner than later! </li></ul><ul><li>Children see celebrities and icons and want to be just like them! </li></ul>
    9. 9. Common Acronyms Used Online… <ul><li>     ASL -- age, sex, and location     BF -- boyfriend </li></ul><ul><li>     BTDT -- been there, done that     F2F -- face to face </li></ul><ul><li>     HB -- hurry back     HHJK -- ha, ha just kidding </li></ul><ul><li>     PIR - Parent in room       K - kiss or OK </li></ul><ul><li>NOYB -- none of your business     LMA -- leave me alone </li></ul><ul><li>     PAW -- parents are watching     PM -- private message </li></ul><ul><li>     POS -- parents over shoulder THTH -- too hot to handle </li></ul><ul><li>     PSA -- public show of affection BTW - By The Way WTGP -- Want to go private? </li></ul>This is the latest list of acronyms that children/teens are using online!!!!!
    10. 10. Lazy Days… <ul><li>Technology is a “Crutch” </li></ul><ul><li>Not intrinsically motivated to learn due to lack of challenge </li></ul><ul><li>“ Don’t learn it…Just GOOGLE It!” </li></ul><ul><li>Children are not forced to learn material because they don’t have to! Technology-calculators, spell check etc. save them! They don’t really have to think! </li></ul>
    11. 11. Sources <ul><li>Overseas Family School: </li></ul><ul><li>Pros and Cons of Technology . Overseas Family School. Web. 24 Feb. 2010. <http://www.ofs.edu.sg/about-ofs/articles/pros-and-cons/>. </li></ul><ul><li>Teaching Guide for Graduate Student Instructors: </li></ul><ul><li>Pros and Cons of using instructional technology . Graduate Student Instuctor, 07 July 2008. Web. 24 Feb. 2010. <http://gsi.berkeley.edu/resources/it/pros_cons.html>. </li></ul><ul><li>Common Acronyms Used Online: </li></ul><ul><li>Familyeveryday . FamilyEveryday Creating balance, managing time, recieving time. Web. 1 Mar. 2010. <http://www.familyeveryday.com/articles/parenting_details.php?record_id=123#>. </li></ul>

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