The Real Face-Book (Affirmative Post Week 4)


The purpose of this blog is to espouse the virtues of a non-erasure of traditional teaching methods and tools. Today, I am extending that statement to cover the physical presence of the very teachers themselves. I sincerely believe that the teachers and their physical face-to-face presence in the room alongside their students is one more notch in favor of traditional methods.

Two articles, Face-to-Face Training Still the Better Choice Over Digital Lessons and The value of analogue educational tools in a digital environment, written by Salah Banna and Andrew Murray respectively, provide support for the idea that students perform better in an environment where the teacher has presence and prominence, if not outright precedence. There is “…the fundamental reality that humans are social beings” (Banna), and the educational system should reflect that with a notable role maintained for the instructor(s) of a course. How this ties into education and our blog’s stated mission is with the inevitable — if potentially fluctuating in prominence — presence of modern technology in the classroom; the presence of digital tools/methods can be a barrier to the inherent humanity that emanates from real people and which can enhance the curriculum of a course.

Murray’s article alludes to the concepts of soft and hard determinism in regards to technology and its human creators; that is to say, Murray’s article alludes to the idea that technology will gradually become “…[an] advance of technology [that] leads to a situation of inescapable necessity” (Murray). The concept of technological determinism seems inevitable, and it is perhaps exactly for that reason that it should be delayed at all costs, in the name of keeping teachers employed and present to provide tangible wisdom and interaction to their students. As Murray states toward the end of his article, “in the rush to embrace the new we must not forget the value of established educational tools and techniques” (Murray). Teachers are not “tools” per se, but they are certainly established and valuable.


Motivate Students to Balance Electronics Use (Affirmative 1)

post1 -image 1

According to NBC news, two studies confirmed the excessive use of electronics affects students negatively. One study found, that students who are exposed by technology score 20% lower on standard cognition tests. The second study demonstrates that the students who are exposed to more technology, cannot concentrate on homework for more than two minutes without distracting themselves with social media or email.

Using electronics in a classroom is the new look for education. However some students do not want to completely have their education purely based on electronics, but in today’s world technology in education is the latest fashion and current trend. It also becomes a distraction.

These days, schools let the students use Chrome Books starting in pre-school. Specifically, private schools do this to appeal more to the people with an interest in private schooling. This is a marketing tool. What do parents buy for their son’s/daughter’s first birthday? So, instead of kids reading books or playing with toys, they are more likely to become addicted to their gadgets. This could lead to recess becoming 30 minute free time to play their Fruit Ninja app game or even go on Twitter versus playtime outside.

Every day and all day we live with our gadgets. It causes more distractions than before, not only in the class room but during family dinner, homework, when you are driving your car and most other places. 

A professor at California State University-Dominguez Hills, Larry Rosen, published a study in the May issue of Computers in Human Behavior that made attempt to calculate how often students of all ages are distracted by technology when they study. The results were dismal. What was found was that students knowingly being observed on their normal study environments still could not resist texting or going on Twitter, Facebook, etc. This happened 2 minutes into the 15 minutes observation time.

Electronic gadgets affect students negatively most of the time. To afford negative use, it’s best to just use electronic devices for leisure, instead of school use. This avoids unnecessary distractions. It is helpful there are apps to turn off electronics after a certain time of night or after excessive use. Parents can use these for their children. As for the young adults, we have to be able to maintain a balance ourselves. A balance that is with the use of electronics with real world activities. Otherwise, the world will be a disaster when technology fails! Keep Balance!

Meet the Bloggers: Jordan Cooper

myAvatar (1)

Hello everyone, my name is Jordan Cooper. I am a Communication major at the Universities at Shady Grove. I am interested in this topic of classic versus modern learning tools, because I am invested in the future of the generation of students that will succeed me. I am a firm believer in the healthy coexistence of tactile (or “analog”) and digital tools in the classroom. Basic skills should not be wholly sacrificed for constantly replaced — not to mention expensive — modern technology.  I just feel as though as our society gets older, the human element in education (among other societal sectors) is downplayed or even removed completely. I reiterate, I am not calling for the focus of solely traditional resources in the classroom, but I am advocating for caution in assuming solely digital resources are a superior replacement (I have no desire to “throw the baby out with the bathwater”, so to speak).

Meet the Bloggers: Matthew

myAvatarHello! My name is Matthew. I am a Junior at the University of Maryland, College Park and I am studying Communication with a focus in digital media and visual communication. I absolutely love technology. I always upgrade to the newest gadgets whenever a new one releases, I own multiple high-end computers, game consoles, T.V.’s, and smartphones. I am absolutely surrounded by technology. Unfortunately having all this tech has made me reliant on it and as much as I hate to admit it, I can’t go 10 mins without using some sort of tech. The only time I can do something without the use of technology is when I’m taking school notes. I still prefer handwriting my notes for two reasons. The first reason is that I don’t have to create a backup of my notes because I’m worried that my computer might die. The second reason is that I read in a few studies that those who hand write notes are more likely to remember the content over those who type their notes. Anyway, we will be posting new stuff to the blog weekly and I hope you guys like it!!