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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Power of Youth

I recently went to my placement school for my ECS100 class. I am in the secondary education program but was placed in the a grade 4/5 class.

When I first came in to the class, there were a few students who started talking to me. Talking about where they were from, how much they like World War 1, how much they like World War 2 than 1, how their fuzzy scarf was an owl who recently gave birth to two baby owls, etc.

I had forgotten how welcoming kids were.

The day I went, there were Rough Riders coming to do a presentation on bullying. One of the kids thought I was a Rough Rider. Soon enough, most of the kids thought I was a Rough Rider!

I had forgotten how easily tricked kids were.

I had forgotten how vulnerable they were.

Because they are so welcoming, because they are so easily tricked, they are at a huge risk of getting taken advantage of. Kids are so trusting of adults that predators can easily take advantage of that.

It reminded me how we need to educate kids on the dangers of strangers. Not just by telling them, because I as a child did not listen to my parents warnings, but a different way that will more likely be heeded by children. I am not sure just how we will be able to do that, but I hope we can figure it out soon.

 

Privilege

Hey guys!

Just had my ECS 100 class and we watched a very interesting video explaining privilege.

There was a great discussion in class how it is a very powerful video explaining privilege in a very clear way but it wasn’t without its damages. The people who were not able to any steps were singled out. You can clearly see them getting nervous or upset.

Have you guys seen this video? What are your thoughts on it? I look forward to hearing from you guys!