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.


One thought on “Technology is Taking Over”

  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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