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Tension: Technology in Education?
Transcript of Tension: Technology in Education?
A perspective of technological determinism The Internet and technology is not available to all mankind. In favor... Against... The Internet and new technologies generate a dehumanization. Access is much lower than availability. Signs of change. But what about the argument that machines, computers, dehumanize learning? Only 34.3% have easy access to the Internet. And especially in remote communities, rural and poor are the least access to the Internet. Is that only a democratic or cultural reproduction as Bourdieu would say? (http://www.internetworldstats.com/stats.htm) The content available on the Internet is limited by those who control it. For example, there are very few forms of communication between non-English speaking communities. And yet, the indigenous communities who do not speak the popular language are not taken into account. Most web pages are written in English. A common fear: Every hour you spend sitting in front of a screen is an hour not talking to someone, not giving someone a hug, not having the sun on your face. So the fear I have is not with the technology per se, but the way it’s used by the native mind. New technologies like tablet computers are
helping to turn the tide as is the longoverdue recognition of the importance of teaching children something about the art of programming. As Isaac Asimov tell us: ”As a matter of fact, it’s just the reverse. It seems to me that, through this machine, for the first time we’ll be able to have a one-to-one relationship between information source and information consumer.” 1/3 Afraid to let machines do what humans should do. What kind of autonomy are those speaking in favor of the democratization of technology? Have we become excessively dependent on technology?
Is so much of dependency good? Is it right to rely on machines to such an extent? Remember SKYNET... Socialization opens opportunities for access to all the benefits of technology. Some authors (Anderson, 2012, Carr, 2012 and Kalman, 2002) say that in fact many people who have no home Internet, uses other people to gain access to all the tools that technology offers. ”What the railroads did for the second half of the last century and the automobile for the first half of this century may be done for the second half of this century by the knowledge industry: And that is, to serve as the focal point for national growth.” ~ Clark Kerr About 85% of the world population has access to a mobile phone. Only 15% of the population has access to a smartphone. If we add the socialization we can use for education. (http://mobithinking.com/mobile-marketing-tools/latest-mobile-stats/a#smartphonepenetration) But this is just a point... What is yours?
Are you a teacher?
Do not think so much theory, think of your class, think about your students, technology helps them? What technology can do in education that can not be made on a blackboard or face to face? What kind of student do you pursue? People who develop new technologies for computers or cars have some simple aims. They want to make them faster, more powerful, more efficient, more user friendly and more attractive. What are the equivalents in education? If technology is the Answer. What was the Question? Blackboard vs. Computer