Technology Need Not be a Part of Education Today
My Critique of:
Why Technology Needs To Be A Part Of Education Today
Published on December 13, 2017
By Ahefaz Lakhani
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I critique this only because the author mentions the USA and PBS!
Ahefaz Lakhani stated, “Technology is everywhere. It affects how we live, work and play. Obviously, it makes complete sense to deploy technology in the way we learn. According to a PBS Learning Media Survey, 74% of teachers in the US believe “education technology is a student motivator”, and more than 2/3rd of teachers want more classroom technology.”
Teachers are being taught that technology must be in classrooms. They are brainwashed by their schools. They believe Bill Gates, Michael Dell, and other high-tech rich folk, wrongly.
Just because technology is ubiquitous does not mean that technology must be used everywhere. Air is ubiquitous but it is not everywhere in the upper atmosphere. The closer one gets to outer-space the less air there is. The teachers are using technology to entertain the kids. If the student needs to be motivated by playing then there is something wrong with them. Learning and a good grades should be motivation enough. Technology is just a distraction.
Its expanded use may just be because the principal and or school board are forcing them to integrate technology into the classroom. I know that my local school district has people that do nothing but help the teachers integrate technology into their classrooms.
Its expanded use is no reason to expand it. This is a logical fallacy Appeal to Numbers. More and more use just means that more and more people have been duped. It is circular logic. We should expand it because it is expanding?
Ahefaz Lakhani has five reasons to use technology in education. They are as follows:
1) Higher teacher-student engagement
Ahefaz Lakhani declared, “Thanks to technology, 65% of teachers (PBS) are able to give demonstrations related to various subject areas. Because of this, they have grown into the roles of advisers, coaches and content experts – leaving behind the traditional role of teachers and lecturers.
Technology has allowed the new-age educators to make learning more fun and meaningful for the students. This has results in the students collaborating better with their classmates and making the most out of each class.”
You call it grown into coaches. I say they have been forced into it. They are no longer the sage on the stage.
Technology is defined as a computing device connected to the Internet? Insofar as demonstrations go they can be done on a DVD and played on a TV for the whole class to see at once. They do not have to rush to get the website and download or watch the video. It is such a waste of time and money for all to have their own laptops and connect to the Internet, when a TV and DVD player can be wheeled around the school (or several if necessary) as needed. But I would rather the students use their own imaginations instead of someone else’s in a computer simulation. Instead of drawing a shark on the computer screen watch a documentary on a shark, on a TV/DVD, with videos of real live sharks.
So they had this capability before computers.
Many teachers also say they’ve lost control of the classroom, Classroom discipline is way down and teacher respect is way down too.
Here we go again with collaboration. This is not needed in school. It need not be taught at all. Teamwork will happen quite naturally in the workplace. We’ve had collaboration since the caveman days. We’ve had to act in teams. So why is it something we do quite naturally must now be taught?
Collaboration is something that can be done with computer, yes. But the ability to do it does not mean we need to do it. Just because one can does not mean that one should.
2) Enhanced learning experience
Ahefaz Lakhani posited, “Technology expands the scope of learning. Education of a student is not restricted to one particular notebook or class lecture. Students get the platform to collaborate across teams with their peers and teachers. It allows them to stay connected and be more creative – something which wasn’t possible at all in a textbook-centric learning environment.
It’s a fact that technology has broken all barriers to education. Combining Virtual Technology (VR) with traditional classroom teaching, for instance, has enhanced the overall learning experience of students. Who knew this could be a learning method a decade ago? Now, the use of VR and Augmented Reality (AR) is considered to be quite common in the education sector.”
None of this is necessary. You call restricted but I call it good. What barriers are you so-called breaking down? Most never experience barriers!
Enhancement can be done, if it needs to be done at all, via a TV/DVD setup. Why is enhancement even needed though? Children should want learn to gain knowledge.
It is not important that they see its use in real life. They are there to attain knowledge. It is up to them how they use it in life. If they have a problem as to why you learning something, then they will have a big problem in college because ¾ of what they are taught has little or nothing to do with their major. They might just as well get used to it, early in life.
3) Diverse educational content
Ahefaz Lakhani declared, “From web lessons and interactive games to online videos, images and articles – there is a wealth of digital information waiting to be consumed by students. Since the content is diverse in nature, each student has the flexibility to learn from a content resource that is most convenient for him or her.
Of course, the scope of data can distract the students more than help them. But with the right protocols in place and smart supervision, the students can make the most of such diverse content capsules.”
So what? Diverse educational content? It is not needed either. The textbooks have been sufficient for many, many years. Most textbooks never get fully taught and yet you want more sources? So, there is too much in most textbooks to learn. Again, this is something that the Internet can do but is it truly needed? NO.
Technology is little more than a distraction, in most cases.
4) Increased responsibility
Ahefaz Lakhani wrote, “It is not just about the types of content that are out there. EdTech has also become popular because of the availability of various kinds of devices – tablets, mobile phones, desktop computers, etc. Owning your own device or using the school’s property makes the students more responsible. It also improves their decision-making skills and helps them realize the value of ownership.”
The more the merrier? When none is necessary having more devices are not necessary either. One need not be in a constant learning mode. One needs to relax and play after study and not be wired all of the time.
5) Personalized and adaptive learning
Ahefaz Lakhani submitted, “The increased use of technology in the education sector has put an end to the definition of “one-size fits all”. In a classroom of ten students, it will be difficult to find even two of them who are alike. Keeping that in mind, technology has ensured that students get the support they need from technology and their teachers to learn and thrive.”
Again, humans are flexible. The kids need to be learn in different environments to discover their true abilities. But it is fairly straight forward. You teach to the textbooks and test to them. Kids do the assignments and study the books and learn by doing the problems, This format has worked for decades now, if not substantially longer.
It is not so much as one-size-fits-all, it is more that one way has worked for most for so long. If it ain’t broke don’t fix it.
Ahefaz Lakhani concluded, “Students of today are digital natives. They learn to hold a device soon before they even learn to crawl. Hence, integrating technology in education seems natural. Moreover, it gives the students the flexibility to learn however they want to because no two students are alike. What are your thoughts?”
Digital Native. I had not heard that term in over 10 years. Digital Native has been debunked. Kids and human beings in general are flexible and they will have to learn what they are taught in college and in the workplace, when they are taught it and how they are taught it. They will likely not be given much of a choice. So, the kids need to first find out what kind of a scholar they are, if any. They need to be taught the same way for everyone. Contrary to some people’s belief most kids are NOT scholars. By definition most are average students.
These so-called adaptive pieces of software do not do a very good job of adapting.
The best way to teach a human being is with another human being. Get rid of technology. Stop using our kids as guinea pigs by trying out so-called innovative methods. They may be new but they aren’t necessarily better and probably are worse than traditional classes. New does not automatically equate to improved.