The Great Ed. Tech. Debate: The ‘good old days’

During this week’s ed. tech. debate Jayden and Kiera debated the statement, “We have become too dependent on technology and we’d be better off returning to the “good old days” before the Internet and smartphones took over”. Jayden took the pro side while Kiera represented the con side. Prior to our debate, this was our classes vote on the topic!

Pro:

Jayden shared the following main points within her video and required readings in agreement with this weeks debate about technology:

  • Negative mental and physical effects:
    • Injuries: Individuals these days are becoming injured due to the effects of becoming an increasingly technology-dependent society. One example of this is the texting and walking phenomenon where individuals are texting and walking and not taking in their surrounding which is, in turn, causing them physical harm. This particular occurrence is happening so frequently that it has become known as ‘distracted walking’.
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      Some places have even gone as far as banning distracted walking. This makes me think of distracted driving in that although oftentimes individuals might be doing something ‘really quick’ or they don’t see it as distracting when really a few seconds of not paying attention can be life-altering.

    • Lastly, technology can be addictive which is bad for our health as our technology use has increased. Jayden included this blog post in her required readings that elaborates on the negative impact technology has had on human health such as vision impairments from staring at screens or a sedentary lifestyle from sitting in front of a computer or binge-watching Netflix.
  • Loss of Interaction Skills
    • Individuals would rather text than have a conversation. One example of this is texting instead of phoning each other.
    • Individuals have also become reliant on GPS’ which can become problematic when service is lost, a specific route is closed or under construction, etc. An article Jayden shared expands on this issue as a Brad Plumer speaks to the dependency that has been placed on GPS usage and how some individuals are not aware of how to read a map; which can become problematic for numerous reasons.
    • Peoples are missing life moments such as when parents are spending time on their phone instead of spending one on one time with their children.
      • This concept is further expanded in this TedX Talk Jayden shared where a father speaks about his personal experiences trying to balance work technology while raising his son.
  • Tech dependant classrooms are not beneficial
    • Students relying on information being found online and do not always check to see if it is a reliable source or factual information.
    • Typing notes is faster but does not account for the information processing that exists with handwritten notes.
    • No drastic improvements with schools who are using tech

Con:

Keira shared the following in her video and required readings in agreement with this weeks debate about technology:

  • Technology provides connections as it gives us the ability to connect with people instantaneously. Additionally, it creates opportunities and collaborates on projects with individuals from around the world.
    • This is evident in the following TedX Talk Keira shared with us about how a choir group formed from individuals from all over that meet online for their sessions – a similar concept to EDTC classes!
  • Technology Creates Opportunity:
    • As a result of today’s technology, we are able to now share and collect information in an instant.
      • Another TedX Talk Kiera shared with the class discussed how having a cellphone on you can potentially save lives. For example, if it is an emergency situation you have the ability to get into contact with the appropriate personal instantaneously.
    • The internet provides opportunities to those around the world should they have access.
  • Technology is Efficient:
    • The technology we have today is amazing in that information and
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      devices to have become so compact. Wallets, cameras, books carried on cellphones can all be on a singular device that can be stored in a pocket – what an improvement from the bag phone!

    • Sending a message has never been easier as there are so many ways to get in contact with someone (i.e. text, facebook messenger, email, etc.) and it allows the sender and the recipient communicate with ease and respond instantly instead of waiting a week for a letter to come in the mail.
    • Information can now be accessed quickly and easily thanks to platforms such as Google. Just think, prior to technologies advancement you may have to look through encyclopedias to find an answer!

Conclusion:

Overall, Jayden and Keira provided a stimulating debate that really made me think about what I value as a person. Personally, I agree with Keira’s points, especially the ones she made about efficiency. However, I also agree with some of Jayden’s; for example, the points made about the loss of interactional skills in society. In conclusion, I would say that society, for the most part, has become somewhat reliant on the use of technology, but I wouldn’t say that would necessarily be better to go back to the ‘old days’ either. There are positives and negatives to both sides of this debate, which is where I think having balance is so important. So once again, I am on the fence with this debate.

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One thought on “The Great Ed. Tech. Debate: The ‘good old days’

  1. Hey Kaytlyn!
    I also experienced a bit of back and forth with this debate! In my opinion, this was one of those topics in which it doesn’t have to be all or nothing! I think it would be beneficial to learn more about ways to moderate our technology use so that it becomes a part of our lives, but not our entire lives! Getting rid of technology seems like we would be taking steps in the wrong direction. So many amazing opportunities exist because of technology so getting rid of this tech is not going to solve all our problems, but take away opportunities!
    Lauren

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