Welcome to Debate 8:
The prompt that was given this week was: “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.”
This was our pre-vote:
here are some of the main points given by the pro side:
The internet and smartphones are affecting our mental and physical health
society are losing skills once valued
technology may not actually be beneficial for students
We are missing important moments
As society grows with technology, we have found that most people couldn’t imagine their lives without their cell phone or without wifi everywhere they go. It has been found that people are addicted to their technology. Then this addiction can affect almost every aspect of our lives.
Then when speaking about youth who are more prone to addiction, allowing technology to be used in the classroom is allowing for the students to fall even deeper into their addition to the things that have been created to help us, but instead hurt us.
There was a point brought up during the debate that really caught my eye. And that was if you were to find yourself driving in an unfamiliar place, or on the highway where you have never been before, and your technology was to quit working, people wouldn’t be able to function. Regularly you could pull out a map and find your way to your destination but instead of having maps on hand for these scenarios people rely on their smartphones connecting to a satellite to find their way. Especially someone that drives and relies on their smartphone quite a bit, this can be a really scary thought. That’s why returning to the “good old days” of our technology and actually teaching our students how to use a map could be very beneficial. Heres an article that explains this a little better.
Here are some of the main points given from the con side:
Connection – connects the world no matter the limit of distance, time, income, etc
Power and Opportunity it gives to us
Efficiency saves time and money, used as an organization tool
Facilitation serves as a medium for the connection, power, opportunity, and efficiency
So then the opposite side of the spectrum is how our technology only benefits us not only in the classroom but in our everyday lives.
Not only does our new technology help us but it shows the progress that we have made in the last years and being able to use the technology that we made to create our education experience easier and
The way that we have created the internet, we have created a new type of world. A new “Online World”, where almost anything is possible. This can allow for students that may feel depressed or alone to go out into the online world and connect with others the same way that they would in person except they are able to do much more. This could include video chatting, messaging, playing games, and anything else they can think of.
Our technology allows us to reach further than we have ever thought possible in our schools. Students are able to learn in many more ways than could have before, a teacher can bring into the classroom a speaker that can be halfway across the world using a video chat, and students that have learning disabilities can keep up with their classmates thanks to the learning technology that helps them in the area that they need.
Heres a bonus video showing how amazing technology has become to create beautiful music with a choir that is from all over the world.
This was our post-vote: