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  • The WORST feature of education.

    Posted on February 9th, 2012 halliedominick No comments

    Reading “Computer Lib/Dream Machine” by Nelson felt like reading my own thoughts that had been written down on paper. The part that struck closest to home was the section regarding the computer’s impact on education. I have blogged about this topic in the past but have gained new insight.

    Computer-assisted instruction, applied thoughtlessly and imitatively, threatens to extend the worst features of education as it is now.

    I think that everyone can agree that using a computer in class has its pros and cons. The computer has enabled websites such as VT Scholar and VT Hokie Spa, which allow the distribution of documents, power points, and school essentials online. In addition, the computer allows one to take these documents and take notes on them in class. This can allow for more information to be attained in a shorter period of time. However, while attempting to use these features it is easy to get distracted. The internet can also be used for social media sites such as Facebook and Twitter, and also for online shopping and surfing. It is easy to get distracted without realizing it and look up from your computer 30 minutes later to notice that class is over.

    It amazes me that Nelson was able to predict this. Many doubted him, but his vision became a reality. The computer has poisoned the learning atmosphere we once had. Unfortunately, it seems that the situation will only get worse. The question is how do we reverse the damage we have already done? If only Nelson had predicted what were to come next.

     

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    • I agree with you that computers in a learning environment has its draw backs. However, I think that many of the cons, such as the ones you mentioned like wasting you time in class on Facebook or shopping, are more do to humans than they are to computers. For example, if people were able to concentrate better and maintain their focus the computer would not cause them these problems. Of course thats easier said than done, for nearly everyone. However, I think that overall computers do more good than bad when it comes to education, and that as they become more sophisticated and easier to use the benefits they have in educational environments will only continue to grow.


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