It is 2018 and we live in a world that is dependent on
technology. The start of new technology
has changed the way children learn and develop, in a negative way. Many important factors that schools should
consider before using particular technologies in curriculum and instruction
include: short attention spans, lack of imagination, and will mess up a
student’s ability to process information for themselves.
introduction to the Internet presented children with a lack of attention. Students obviously don’t use the Internet for
learning purposes most of the time because of distractions. Students are easily manipulated by technology
and their minds tend to wander to something more important to them that does
not relate to the learning environment.
With the growth of attention disorders such as ADHD, schools should
consider the effects technology has on this problem. Using the Internet is similar to jet skiing,
in that the jet skier is able to see many things, and is surrounded by numerous
distractions, which does not allow him to focus. As stated in, Source E, “Our children’s
attention spans are too short already, but the Web is a propaganda machine for
short attention spans.” However, a great
solution is to have a school with computers in the library for students under
Lack of imagination
is another concern. What would happen if
you woke up on morning, and technology was all gone? Every day you would be faced with having to
think and using your imagination. In
Source C, it is stated that the rise of technology in school curriculums isn’t
a good thing, “today’s children are living in an information-rich,
time-compressed environment that often seems to stifle a child’s imagination
rather than stimulate it.” However, the school should maintain this
information-overload to a minimum, as well as the technology in the school. In Source F, the illustration presents a
perfect example of how the use of technology can keep students away from
noticing things around them as well as experiencing the world around them.
will also mess up a student’s ability to process information for himself or
herself. As stated in Source C, “Being
fed so much processed information… is like being fed too much processed,
sugar-rich food. It may seriously mess
up children’s informational metabolism- their ability to process information
for themselves,” meaning that with technology giving out a straight answer,
students no longer have to think and therefore are missing skills and losing
their capability to process their own information.
conclusion, technology has changed the way children learn and develop, in a
negative way by causing students to have short attention spans, a lack of
imagination, and the ability to process information for themselves.