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should schools do more to incorporate technology into education?

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Started: 10/3/2015 Category: Education
Updated: 1 year ago Status: Post Voting Period
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phoenixgoldfire

Pro

my first argument so here we go..
my argument is that schools should incorporate technology into ordinary lessons rather than just lessons on how to use a computer. people say that schools prepare us for the future, but they often don't try to make technology a part of the learning process. I understand that some pupils do not have phones, but most schools own Ipads now so why not let the ones who do not own phones use those, whilst letting those with phones use them in lessons? I have seen a lot of articles recently about schools not being able to afford computers, but why buy them when most pupils have a far superior piece of equipment in their pockets? teachers and officials will say that phones in a classroom are a distraction, but everything in a classroom is a distraction anyway. How many people have, instead of using a dictionary in school to find the definition of the word "establishment" have looked up something like "bathroom" or "toilet"?
imsmarterthanyou98

Con

Schools should only do more to incorporate technology into education if and only if more technology than what already is would be beneficial, i claim this is not so.

Suppose that every student in the class is given an iPad to assist them with learning, they could use it to follow the teachers power point, or rather play a game in class.

Unfortunately students are far to likely to do the latter. Perhaps if they were forced to pay attention, an ounce of curiosity might spark inside them, causing them to want to learn and thus then further their education.
Debate Round No. 1
phoenixgoldfire

Pro

Most schools have some form of inhibitor in their network. If the students connected to that network, then the teachers would be able to see what the students were doing and lock those not doing what they were supposed to be doing out of their phones by forcing a screen saying something like "attention please" or "eyes to the front" to appear over what the student was doing. Most schools already do this on their IT equipment. There is also network technology out there that tracks which websites students are on, and automatically disables those who are on an inappropriate or non-relevant website. Automatic checking is not yet perfect, but it is getting there. The temptation is great, but the fact that someone or something is watching what they are doing with the power to disable their phones may act as a deterrent to those wishing to play games, watch videos, or generally just use the internet in a way that they are not supposed to in a lesson.
imsmarterthanyou98

Con

Great...not exactly. What schools should do more is the opposite of this, rather than have teachers take George Orwell's 1984 as a manual for the classroom, and rather than have a schooling system based upon a fast food system, schools must make room for the rebel so to speak, they must create a space FOR creativity FOR individuality NOT one that explicitly and implicitly suppresses it, for F*cks sake it is against the rules to be different to not be normal and conform to the square box....

Schools and teachers must foster and cultivate curiosity, not beat it out of students...
Every kid starts out as a natural-born scientist, and then we beat it out of them. A few trickle through the system with their wonder and enthusiasm for science intact." "Carl Sagan

What your proposing surely would if anything further detach and deteriorate the relationship between teacher and student.

So the student in your world would instead of asking the teacher for questions and instead of the teacher working and explaining and holding class discussions.... Would benefit more from having a screen placed in front of him and that's that.

Several issues.

Learning like change must come from the inside, the desire to learn must be inspired, curiosity must be inspired.... this is the true challenge of a teacher, and a teacher at least for now does it better than any technology....

Students would currently more likely than not either figure out away around the system, or simply pretend to pay attention if forced to, yet they would likely not actually learn since they would harbor some resentment for being stuck in a boring class they just tried to not pay attention to...It's an insurmountable task to FORCE learning...
Debate Round No. 2
phoenixgoldfire

Pro

sorry, what i was suggesting was that sites like porn websites and chat rooms should be blocked. There must obviously be regulations on what teachers and students alike can do. There would still be a place for the teachers, they would still be working, the screen would just be there as a calculator and a tool ( like a dictionary but all the information takes less than a second to find). However, there needs to be a thorough review of what is taught in schools. In my chemistry classes ( I am doing GCSEs) we are taught how to answer exam questions. Less than a third of my chemistry classes are actually about chemistry, the rest are about learning mark schemes. Everything is exam based rather than world based. If a person at home had to do a long and complex math sum, they would do it on a calculator or their phone. What they wouldn't do is sit for half an hour trying to work it out on a piece of paper. There are no errors to account for and less time is taken up if you do it on a calculator. The desire to learn and the curiosity would still be there, but maybe kids would be happier if they knew that the stuff they were learning would actually benefit them in their lives, rather than knowing that they will never use the more complex mental maths (or mark schemes) ever again in their lives. Schools would not become a place where everyone sits on a screen all day, but rather a place where kids actually learn useful life skills. I helped out at my brother's school for a while, and after their math lesson one of them said "I could have worked this out on a calculator in 5 seconds". modern maths is 'translating' a number pattern into something a calculator can understand.we need to stop teaching calculating and start teaching maths, and it is the same for other subjects as well.
imsmarterthanyou98

Con

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