As time has progressed technology has evolved and the internet has become a staple in people’s everyday lives. The lingering question is why has education stayed the same for the past generations instead of evolving and incorporating technology in it? Richard Miller and his piece “The Coming Apocalypse” hit the nail on the head when he said “This is anything but an apocalyptic moment. It is a time that invites invention, creativity, improvisation, and experimentation.” Technology (mainly the internet) is not such a bad thing; it can be when teenagers revolve their lives around social media sites such as Twitter, Instagram and Facebook. But when the internet is used for learning, expression and collaboration it can truly be an amazing thing. I strongly agree with Miller in his beliefs that learning in a school environment can be drastically altered with the use of multimedia resources. If teachers alter their lesson plans from the old cut and dry books and assignments they will be able to explore the new world of technology and everything it has to offer. I can relate to Miller’s text the best because going through High School I did read many classic novels that I enjoyed- however the writing assignments that went along with it were mundane, boring and made me lose interest in the topic altogether. If more technology and media was incorporated into these assignments I would have been able to complete the task while still being very interested in the topic. The use of video and media in English classes can be just as powerful as the use of text; teachers just need to give it a chance.
All three authors had separate ideas in their pieces; however you are able to create connections from all the ideas. Essentially all three authors are concerned with reading deeply. In “Is Google Making Us Stupid?” Nicholas Carr says “Once I was a scuba diver in the sea of words. Now I zip along the surface like a guy on a Jet Ski.” Reading used to be intellectual; one would delve into the text in search of deeper meaning, maybe even an alternate explanation. Now the world is a hectic place full of distractions and “Pancake People.” People skim texts, jump around to different links and attempt to “multitask” which leads to not retaining information and searching for something else to do. As I mentioned before Miller is a huge advocate for technology in education, he seems concerned that if education stays the same in the future students will begin to lose interest in education altogether. Maryanne Wolf pointed out in “Learning to think in a digital world” that “Children need to have both time to think and the motivation to think for themselves…before the digital mode dominates their reading.” If children do not learn to think for themselves when they are young they will grow and conform into mindless beings that will not be able to read deeply. Carr even brings up Wolf and he brings light to the fact that people are not what they read but how they read. How you read is how you develop your mind and thought processes.
Carr, Miller and Wolf were all very persuasive in their points. I believe Miller was the most persuasive in his argument to integrate technology and education. He makes several points that are inarguable. We cannot keep our curricula the same as the world around us is changing. Carr is also persuasive in his discussion of how people are too busy to read deeply and instead try to multitask and spread themselves too thin. The least persuasive argument was Wolf’s. Although it is clear that her concern is the reading brain and its failing ways she failed to persuade me in her direction. I found her article to be factual and interesting because the majority of it was based on the brain and thought processes but it failed to capture me. All in all these authors has some fascinating points that really made me think about technology and the world we live in. There is so much opportunity to change and grow- especially in the education department. In the future I can only hope that future teachers like me will incorporate more technology into their lesson plans and everyday activities.