Technological advancements for sure have a great impact on students and their education. In the article, “Growing Up Digital, Wired for Distraction,” Matt Richtel, the author, writes about how students in today are distracted with their gadgets and social media. This does not make it necessarily too different from students in the past because the earlier generation did have their source of entertainment, which was television. At the same time though, television wasn’t portable like cell phones. With these new gadgets, it is much more convenient for students to get access to the social media or communicate with others when it isn’t the right time to be doing so. Therefore, today, many students would have a harder time concentrating on schoolwork compared to students in the past.
However, it may not necessarily be true that it is a distraction; maybe it is merely an attraction. In response to Richtel’s article was “Attention versus distraction? What that big NY Times story leaves out” written by Megan Garber. She believes that students are just more attracted to these new gadgets and interests. Rather than doing the work they are suppose to do, students would dive into the social media or games because they care more about that than schoolwork. Therefore, students now are more engaged in technological usage and so perhaps using technology to educate them may yield better results in learning than to giving students bad grades as way of disciplining.
In the video “This is How We Think: Learning in Public After the Paradigm Shift” by Richard Miller and Paul Hammond, I think their idea of having students’ work put in public with computers and have others engage and help each other out would help students improve in writing. In addition, teachers can see the process and know what the student is struggling with and they know where they need help in. I think this is a great idea or change in the educational system. This real time writing process can guide students to improve and become better writers and readers. Reading and writing for me are my weakest subjects. I struggle with having a conversation with the authors in my papers and expressing my ideas into words. Working on papers take me hours and I usually get bad grades. If I can use this real time writing process, I think it helps to guide me to write better. Yes, this may be a very different approach to teaching students from the past but this is one way of how engaging with technology can help with educating students.
Using technology to teach students is an evolution. In the beginning it was hard for parents and teachers to accept students being distracted or attracted to the usage of technology. However, as we move forward in time, using technology to teach may help just like how technological advancements made it easier for people in the past to do daily activities. However, using technology to learn may have it’s setbacks. Technology can always breakdown on students or the teachers and if the materials are all in the computer, then lesson plans can get ruined. However, in the past, there was no such thing as technical malfunction. Teachers are able to adapt to changes and alter their lesson plans. But, of course, everything does have their pros and cons.
Therefore, digital technology may have some setbacks in student’s education now, however, soon enough, the educational system could learn to incorporate digital technology.