Can Relying on Technology for School Work Remain Feasible in the Future?

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As you may be aware, the new iPhone X was released just a short time ago. The price of this new device starts at $999, which is $300-$400 more than previous models. This substantial price increase got me thinking about whether or not future tech will become so expensive, that very few will be able to afford it. I know that the iPhone X is a phone and not a laptop, but it’s not impossible for laptops and tablets to follow suit. In fact, at the rate laptops and tablets keep advancing, I would say that substantial increases for these devices aren’t far off. So how does this relate to the technology vs traditional study method argument?

Well, in the likely event laptop and tablet prices skyrocket, technology could become hard to obtain or even be unobtainable to those who are able to afford that stuff now. Right now laptops are available for as low as $300-$400, but if those prices were to double, that could spell trouble for a lot of students. This would mean that students who solely rely on technology for school, could be unable to afford future upgrades. If a student is unable to upgrade, they would no longer be able to use the technology they have become hopelessly reliant on. Should this scenario come to pass, those students would have to rely on technology a lot less and traditional methods a lot more. Switching study methods could have a negative impact on a student’s ability to perform in school and in professional settings. When relying on technology for everything, there are a lot of variables to consider. Unfortunately, there are just too many unknowns in the equation to call relying on technology a safe bet. It’s better to rely on the more traditional methods and use technology sparingly.

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Psychological Effects with Technology

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Check out this article by Psychology Today explaining psychological effects on the brain through the use of technology. Too much technology and not enough physical activity or real world activities will hinder a person and make them less likely to handle real problems and challenges. Have you been effected? Comment below with your thoughts.

The Science behind Classic Learning vs. Modern Learning

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There are many reasons why books are still better than modern learning tools. Some researchers have found that people comprehend more when they read books than when they read something on digital devices.  The Scientific American has interesting articles, links and stories that relate to the digital screening era. Take a look at this article that discusses the science of paper versus screens.

Technology vs. Books (Affirmative 3)

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Reading physical books has more benefits than using technology to read which has many potential problems.

Reading books is the traditional way to learn and be entertained. Reading a book does not have the major risks that can be associated when electronics and technology is involved. The benefits of reading are greater in number and are healthier than reading constantly on the internet or some technology.

Some benefits of reading books are as follows:

  • Greater retention of information
  • Less stress when reading
  • No information overload
  • No distractions on the page that is being read
  • No risk of hacking or any other type of data breach/malware
  • Unlikely for someone to steal a textbook
  • Less strain on eyes

Books have cons from being too heavy to carry or being limited regarding information but the benefits of being relaxed, not having an information overload, no distractions on the pages and other benefits listed and not listed above.

Technology allows for anyone to have tons of information at their fingertips within a second of time and with little effort, but no one can process thousands or millions of pages of information in little time. Technology provides easy use in finding information and sharing knowledge but just the attempt of thinking of how much information is related to a certain topic is insurmountable (information overload). Not relating to information overload a current hot topic is hacking, the spread of malware/viruses and other malicious programs as these subjects only relate to electronics and technology. Technology has the risk of malfunctioning on its own or by human intent and error. Also, something to add is that technology and electronics have a battery that does not last forever and for electronics that need a plug well you still need electricity to use the technology. Using technology (tablets, computers, etc.) for a prolonged time can create health problems to the user. Some health problems include eye strain and other eye problems, neck problems, shoulder problems, carpool tunnel and other problems.

Going back to books well there are no batteries, no direct use of electricity (sometimes a light is needed to read if the environment the reader is in is too dark), no risk of a hacker or malfunctioning and there is almost no chance in the reader having information overload. Books also are less likely to cause any type of health problem to the reader.

Your choice—Books that provide many benefits—or—Technology that is easy to use but has many major risks, problems, and can impact your health negatively.

Reading books is just the better choice.

 

New Learning Tools are Awesome! But Expensive (Refutation 2)

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New learning gadgets are awesome. These leaning tools make learning more interesting and engaging. It is a completely different feeling than someone reading a traditional book. A physical book can be heavy and boring. Even the font of the text can be boring.

New learning tools remove barriers for reading and learning. When students want a book, they can download it onto their laptop, tablet or Kindle. So, they can do it anytime, and anywhere. Carrying a book is no longer a problem.  Anyone can carry hundreds or thousands of books with just one device. Another reason these new gadgets are priceless is because students can minimize and maximize their reading, and if they don’t like the font style, they can change it. For taking notes, they can just copy and paste from their digital version and place it on to a Word Document.

According to researchers at Sanford Graduate School of Education by Professor Linda Darling-Hammond and Shelley Goldman, they have discovered about new findings about learning tools. They have done more than 70 studies to identify successful use of technology vs. students at risk of dropping out schools. These research results have proved students who use these new technology gadgets in their classrooms, have made significant and positive differences in learning outcomes of students at risk of failing courses and dropping out schools. They also see an enjoyment of students toward the studies.

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Let’s look at the costs now. According to Amazon, a Kindle Fire is $79.99. You have to also think about the costs of downloading books onto your new tablet. Plus a decorative case. You’re now paying somewhere between $100-$130. Also think about getting a new charger if yours breaks. This applies to MacBooks as well. Nowadays these cool gadgets come with bigger expenses. Decorative keyboard sleeves, laptop cases, etc. More often than not, the expenses aren’t worth it, because when the next new thing comes out, you’re going to want to buy it (and technology has a tendency to become obsolete in its own right).

This does not even get into the personal and interpersonal drawbacks of locking your learning material to a single digital space. Unlike digital media, physical material can be purchased and easily resold, or lent out to friends without leaving students at the mercy of an internet world that is neither completely ubiquitous/available nor hack-proof.

Instead of keeping your traditional method the notebook – that is never changing and largely reliable – you are opting for a laptop or similar device that will most likely give you problems in the future. These problems can lead to more money being taken out of your pocket to get it fixed.
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