In helping a student with their homework, this topic came to mind. He asked me what a word meant. In my mind, having grown up with significantly fewer gadgets, the logical thing for me was to go get a dictionary. As he struggled to find a word in a dictionary, I realized that, for him, dictionaries are comparable to dinosaurs. I remember going to school and a dictionary being on the school supply list. There was no website where I could type the word in and find the definition. When did the switch happen? How is something as critical as a dictionary, slowly becoming extinct?
Cell phones are an amazing invention. Being able to talk to anyone on a whim is incredible, but is texting hurting the grammar abilities of the younger generations? LOL, BTW, BRB, and luv are beginning to rear their ugly head in school papers.
On the other side of the spectrum, the internet has opened up so many possibilities. You can go to databases full of journal articles. You can find the capital of Georgia with a few keystrokes. No longer do you have to scour the library to find out when the first telephone was invented. All of the information we may need is at our fingertips. This is a huge advantage over generations that did not have the internet.
What does the research say?
According to Sam Eldakak, author of Introduction and Attributes of Meaningful Learning Using Technology “Students who collect data from the Internet can be self-directed and independent (Eldakak, 2012, p. 2).”
“Outside the classroom setting, computer networking helps student to converse and collaborate with content professionals and with fellow students all over the world (Eldakak, 2012, p. 3).”
“Technology can aid teachers to fulfill the requirements of a different student population, better organize the students for lifetime learning, and help to prepare the students for the classrooms and places of work of the future (Eldakak, 2012, p.21).”
“Dave Mendell, 44, a fourth-grade teacher in Wallingford, Pa., said that educational video games and digital presentations were excellent ways to engage students on their terms (Ritchel, 2012).”
In 2002 Jennifer Lee wrote an article about texting and its correlation with paper writing. It was entitled I Think, Therefore IM. This is what the article had to say about the topic.
“As more and more teenagers socialize online, middle school and high school teachers like Ms. Harding are increasingly seeing a breeze form of Internet English jump from e-mail into schoolwork. To their dismay, teachers say that papers are being written with shortened words, improper capitalization and punctuation, and characters like &, $, @ (Lee, 2002, p. 1).”
“…[Of the] 685 teachers surveyed in the Common Sense project, 71 percent said they thought technology was hurting attention span “somewhat” or “a lot.” About 60 percent said it hindered students’ ability to write and communicate face to face, and almost half said it hurt critical thinking and their ability to do homework (Ritchel, 2012).”
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Eldakak, Sam (Feb.27,2012). Introduction and Attributes of Meaningful Learning Using Technology MLT). Online SubmissionERIC, 1-30, Retrieved from http://www.eric.ed.gov/contentdelivery/servlet/ERICServlet?accno=ED529713
Lee, Jennifer(2002, Sept. 19). I Think, Therefore IM. The New York Times. Retrieved from http://www.nytimes.com/2002/09/19/technology/i-think-therefore-im.html?src=pm
Richtel, Matt (2012, Nov. 1). Technology Changing How Students Learn, Teachers Say. Retrieved from http://www.nytimes.com/2012/11/01/education/technology-is-changing-how-students-learn-teachers-say.html?pagewanted=1&_r=0
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