I firmly believe that because of how our world has advanced, people learn things differently. Not only do they take a different approach, but we also have different things to learn as new discoveries are made. Discoveries that technology have aided in. There is no denying that my generation learns differently then generations before mine, however, that is not to suggest that we don’t learn with efficiency. I think that using computers, blogs, or films in the classroom, can really aid learning. It opens the door to such possibility. Yes, Richel provides insight that youth do not always use their computers for homework in compared to fooling around, but if a teacher introduces a computer as aid to learning, it could become appealing. I have always found myself to be the type of student who learned better not when told, but when shown. Teachers in many schools, having resorted to showing films in the classroom as an aid to help explain what they are trying to teach. I enjoy knowing that, “they are intensifying efforts to use technology in the classroom, seeing it as a way to connect with students and give them essential skills.” I think that we need to incorporate technology into the classroom, not only because it will engage students, but because ultimately that is where our world is headed. “If you’re not on top of technology, you’re not going to be on top of the world.”
Perhaps the older generation sees us technology as a reason for students not being able to focus. Matt Richel says, “developing brains can become more easily habituated than adult brains to constantly switching task–and less able to sustain attention.” I agree. As I read my articles, I have 9 tabs open. Facebook, twitter, the occasion glance to see if anyone uploaded new instagram pictures, or vine videos, all pose as a distraction, however, I do not feel that I am distracted from my work. In some ways, I do find that I do not devote 100% of my focus on one thing, but that is the type of learner that I am. I multitask. When I was in high school I joined as many clubs as I could. My advisors first thought that I would only be able to give a small percent of effort to each club, however, the adrenaline rush of stretching my focus allowed me to actually work harder. Some people work better under pressure, and I am definitely one. Why is it that teachers expect students to balance their math, science, english, and history assignments which often include papers. That in itself causes students to divide our brain and give a little to each subject. Why do they trust us to do that, but don’t trust us to use a computer? The older generation blames technology and so the younger generation cowers and feels that they are abusing the internet when their grades are bad. Maybe they just did not have a passion for what they were learning! Megan Garber suggest that maybe Vishal’s grades were not a reflection of his technology distraction… but that he simply, “just doesn’t care about algebra.” He does not relate to the subject!
Richard E. Miller and Paul Hammond explain what a paradigm shift is. It does not mean that we need to change our education, but maybe we need to adjust the way we view it, or approach it. Technology has aided me in the past when it came to learning history. The Revolutionary War is actually one of my favorites, and I can remember many facts about it. That is because when I learned about it, in 8th grade mind you, my teacher put on a program from the history channel which showed the battles. The visual aid was enough and I can still see Paul Revere riding through on his horse warning that a British fleet was indeed coming. I cannot guarantee that I would remember this fact had I not been taught it this way. All I suggest is that it would be helpful for students to have the ability to relate computers and technology to the classroom. After-all, it is a very big part of our future.