Technology is Taking Over

Technology is taking over.

But not like robots dominating over the humans or anything like that. I mean that the use of technology is so readily available for us that it has become a part of our daily lives. I am sure that most people cannot go a full day without checking their phone.

Teachers are using technology to teach in classrooms now, but students are also getting distracted by their phones in class. You can search on the internet for help on your homework, but it can also be used to search harmful things.

Technology opens many doors for both teachers and students, but how can we regulate it?

In my ECS 100 class the instructor asked us how we would deal with students using their phone when it is clear they are not using it for the class work. There were no answers that fully stopped a student from doing so. The best suggestion was whenever a student is caught with their phone, the teacher doesn’t say anything, just records it and it deducts marks from your attendance/participation marks. The problem with this was that what if the student was using it to help with his class work? Are we going to penalize the student for using a resource?

With the technology continuously growing and taking over, it will only get easier for students to have access to one and harder to keep students focused on class.

So, my question is, what can we do? Is there a way we can stop students from using technology to distract themselves or is it something we are going to have to let be and let their marks be their punishment.

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  1. My ECS 100 class could not come up with a very conclusive answer either. You bring up some great points as I also don’t believe in deducting points silently, but just as you stated cell phones are a hindrance and as a resource. What I have experienced as the most helpful is having a sign hanging in the front of the classroom, one side has a green circle which allows students to be on their phones while the other side has a red stop sign that is a signal that all phones should be away. Definitely didn’t end the cell phone crisis but limited usage significantly.

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    1. I really enjoy this topic! I’ve worked in a high school setting for the last 8 years so have tons of experience dealing with cell phones in class!
      Deducting marks – no way. Marks are supposed to reflect a students’ learning not their obedience to a set of rules or their distractibility. Besides that’s a punitive approach rather than an opportunity for increased learning about the appropriate way to handle your cell phone.
      One of my favourite strategies is one my husband uses in his classes. He has what he calls the “parking pad” where he has a charging station with several charging cords. Park your phone at the beginning of class and BAM it’s fully charged by the end. Good deal!

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  2. I agree that technology is “taking over”. But it’s not something new. I think us humans, could survive because of technology. It might be strange to some people. (what if robots actually screw us up…) For example, imagine what would people think when they first found about the fire. It is very HOT and burns things!! But because of those people thought of using fire in an efficient way, that is keeping us nice and warm in this freezing country Canda! I can see that technology is developing very rapidly, and some old school teachers are having a hard time trying to catch up with all these new trends of teaching. But for future teachers like us know technology very well. I think instead of forcing students to stop using technology, could we come up with a new teaching method that students have to use their devices and not get distracted by it? I somewhat agree with taking marks off from participation marks and give them punishments, but instead of limiting their creativity and chances to enhance their potentials, could we help students by teaching them with a method that can be worked efficiently?

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    1. I do agree that humans can survive because of technology. For example, the death rate of newborns and mothers are far lower than in the past and that is due to the advancement of technology. For finding a way to help teach students to use technology efficiently, this is something that may need to be figured out by trial and error. The dynamics of the students will differ, and the dynamics of the classroom will differ also. While one method may work with the previous class, it may not work with the current or future class. The suggestion I made of deducting points is just that, a suggestion; I cannot hypothesize its effectiveness. If you have any suggestions, I would love to hear them! Also, sorry for the late reply, finals have kept me distracted from my blog!

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