|The human brain edited to have electrical currents. |
(By Allan Ajifo; CC License)
I believe this to be true because studies have found that teaching with methods that use technology have enhanced skills that are taught in the classroom. Some researchers have found that during The Reporter Project, the use of technology by sixth graders allowed these students to acquire better information gathering skills as well as writing skills such as recognizing the use of main ideas and supporting details. I remember learning these skills in elementary school and dreading it because I could never understand what the teacher was trying to get me to comprehend. Many studies have showed that the vocabulary and other language skills had improved while using methods through technology to teach these things (O’Hara). Now I think that these basic skills that we are taught to learn would be so much easier because of the technology we have, as well as the studies and data that proves it is easier.
Another reason I support this idea is that technology not only allows skills to be developed better, but it allows new things to be learned as well. Studies have found that people between the ages of eighteen and forty-nine have said that technology has helped them to learn new things (Purcell). The fact that this age group is most likely to have said that they have learned things through the internet and technology only makes sense. It makes sense because these are the people who use it and understand it the best. Yes, people under this age understand technology quite well, they just tend to lack the ability to use it in an efficient way. I mean you see phones glued to the hands of high school students, but I don’t think it would be appropriate to assume that they are using it to research so that they can find the cure to cancer because I assure you they most likely are not. Although they may not be using their smartphone to better humanity, they are bettering themselves because while scrolling through all that social media, there are some informative bits in there. People also think as a whole that students and the American public are more well informed.
People may disagree with this because scientists have found that technology has links to negative behavior. Neuroscientist Susan Greenfield stated that “Electronic devices and pharmaceutical drugs all have an impact on the microcellular structure and complex biochemistry of our brains. And that, in turn, affects our personality, our behaviour and our characteristics. In short, the modern world could well be altering our human identity.” She goes on in her article about the pros and cons of technology today as well as pharmaceutical drugs on the brain. The brain is an ever changing organ, creating new synapses each and every day. It has been known for a long time that the brain is constantly changing because of the environment around it, but this constant reconstruction, however, may be wrongly influenced by what we view through technology and the amount of it (Greenfield). If we spend X many hours in front of the television, computer, smartphone, etc. per day, just punch some numbers into a calculator and you see that we spend so much time with our eyes occupied by a screen.
I disagree with this because we constantly consume so much, but if we consume the right things, there isn’t a problem. Yes, there should be a bit more regulation on what and how much people see, but if we use technology in a positive way, there isn’t a reason to worry about creating negative outcomes on the brain. People need to regulate their time on a screen as well as actually communicate with the outside world instead of just typing it and sending it with an animated face that adds a bit of personality to the media.
Technology and the internet have an overall positive effect on the way people learn and consume information. Using technology in teaching curriculums can actually improve the skills that are being taught (O’Hara). The internet also allows tons of new information to be accessed and allows people to learn knew things on their own without being formally taught. This includes, but is not limited to, the random Google searches people do when they hear something that sparks their interest. Granted, they may not be getting the correct information, but they are learning something new. Overall, I think that technology can have a positive footprint, as long as we are using it in ways that are appropriate. For me, it helps me to get connected with the world outside of my small community as well as allow me to get things like school work done. This new era of automation may not lead to the end of humanity as science fiction writers may think.
Conclusion, updated 04 March 2015
I think that I did create content that was interesting enough to keep a reader's attention as well as thought provoking. It not only provoked thoughts of my readers, but my own thoughts as well. I started working on this in a different mindset; I was for the opposing view. But after I had done my initial research, I changed my opinion. I also learned so much about not only this, but human behavior as well as a bit more on the operation of the brain. I don’t think that my point of adding the pharmaceutical drugs to the mix made sense (I knew what I was meaning to say, but I don’t think I conveyed it quite right), however I got amazing feedback and managed to clarify that not only for my readers but for myself as well. I didn’t change my own opinion when writing this or when interacting with my readers, but I am glad to know that I provided a little bit of information for them and have changed some other people’s opinions. I think that overall this was a good experience, long at times, but worth it. I had been thinking about writing a blog for a long time, and getting this little taste of it made me see what it is really like to be behind the scenes of this amazing process. I have also learned that there is a lot more than I thought that goes into a well written, informative blog. I did, however enjoy the experience. I am so glad that I had the opportunity to go through and understand this process.