Our Final Post

We’d like to thank you for tuning in with our great debate between Classic vs. Modern Learning Tools. When living in this day and age, it is not practical to completely eliminate technology, but we hope our extensive posts have helped you learn the importance of having classic learning tools remain in the classroom. From the virtues of physical tools to the potential costs associated with digital tools, there is still room for discussion on the ever-changing status of the classroom and what is required.

Throughout our blog, we have emphasized our opinion over classic learning tools vs. technology and given numerous articles, studies, research and survey information to establish positive sides of classic learning tools. Technology may be good but technology is not everything, specifically as a learning tool. We should have a balance between traditional learning and gadgets. Technology has taught us how to find information quickly and easily but we need to also be able to understand and use the information we find. Having the skills to use technology is important but knowing how to use a dictionary, spend the time to read a book, write by hand and other classic skills will help in using the information and technology as a tool not as a crutch. Technology should be used to help with education but not be a substitute for physical and mental actions.

Though we have been working for only 4 short weeks, we hope that our message has reached enough people to make a difference no matter how small. We created this blog to help people make educated decisions about choosing the right tools for school. We hope our extensive posts have helped you find your own balance between technology and tools in the classroom. We have really enjoyed writing this blog and we hope you enjoyed reading it. Just remember it’s not always beneficial to take the easy way. Sometimes, taking the easy comes way comes with consequences that outweigh the benefits. Balance is key.

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The Real Face-Book (Affirmative Post Week 4)

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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.