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Thread: IPADS, IPODS, Smart Phones,Lap Tops, Why go to School?

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    Why go to School? Free up Public Transport during the peak hour rush. Use the Land that the schools are on to build Shopping Centres, New car Salesrooms, Apartment blocks, and Fast Food Outlets. With all this new Intergrated Technology, all these new and developing means of Communication, all this Computerised Knowledge at your figertips, no need for school now. Save on the cost of uniforms. No need to go on excursions, just use Google Maps. Stay in bed all day. That way there will be no need for Baby Sitters. Or, become a baby Sitter. How far away are we from this type of Society or Community? westwind.


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    I understand your point but in my opinion, other than a learning environment, school is a place where people are in a sense forced to come out of their homes and meet other people. Without this millions and millions of people (I am pretty sure of this, especially here in America) will stay home and never develop social/communication skills. I know a lot of kids lack these skills even though they go to school but imagine how bad it would become if there was no "forced" location in which thousands of people meet to learn and, in a subtle way, socialize.


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    Quote Originally Posted by westwind View Post
    Why go to School? Free up Public Transport during the peak hour rush. Use the Land that the schools are on to build Shopping Centres, New car Salesrooms, Apartment blocks, and Fast Food Outlets. With all this new Intergrated Technology, all these new and developing means of Communication, all this Computerised Knowledge at your figertips, no need for school now. Save on the cost of uniforms. No need to go on excursions, just use Google Maps. Stay in bed all day. That way there will be no need for Baby Sitters. Or, become a baby Sitter. How far away are we from this type of Society or Community? westwind.
    A perfect way to raise a truly ignorant generation.
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    Loss of social skills, due to the Internet, is widely exaggerated and disputed in more than a few studies. (Internet Use, Social Skills, and Adjustment | Abstract). If they weren't in school they'd build coorporative skills online, or just hanging out with friends in other settings. Our schools are pretty inefficient wasting a lot of time and energy in transportation and control, and consolidates grade levels which interferes with social learning anyhow. I wouldn't go all the way, but agree with Westwind that a lot of traditional classroom instruction could be replaced by online activities. Unfortunately, in America, we all aren't connected yet so couldn't go there without disadvantaging the poor and rural students.

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    I for one don't have those devices. Well I have a cell-phone, but only carry it on long trips--not sure why I even do that much with it.
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    Dear ravimi. Of course you are right about the need to develope social and communication skills. Still, having said that, future Carriculums will have to represent the age we are living in, and the age we will be expected to cope with in the future. Times, they are a''changing. The future visits us while we are still learning about Henry Ford and Abraham Lincoln. Perhaps more Competitive Sport Peroids, Perhaps Square Dancing, intense type of Activities, get them running at 100 miles per hour. And as far as what they need to Know in actual Learning Experiences, Horticulture, Viticulture, Dress making and Domestic Science, ( Cooking ), Astronomy, Building Houses, raising hens, skilled driving courses, drop English, History, Geography, Art, Class room Time. Let them all practice Leadership Skills with their Peer Groups. I'm sure you could devise a new Carriculum . more in keeping with Future requirements. westwind.
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    Apple technology are best as we see i pad, iPhone, laptops every thing you want.
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    You raise an interesting topic, westwind. I do think that it's a good idea (perhaps even necessary) to integrate technology into standard education, but as is the case with many things, I believe doing so is a matter of balance. The addition of more technological classes or the use of iPads and laptops in classrooms would be beneficial for children growing up in a technological age, but standard classes like history can still provide important context and perspectives on humanity as well.

    I do think that using Google Maps instead of actual field trips might be detrimental in that it would fail to inspire awe in students the same way that seeing something up close or in person often does. I can think of a few field trips that gave me a sense of scientific wonder as a child and I guess I have a hard time believing that they would have been equally as meaningful if experienced from behind a computer screen (though I'll never know for certain). I think it would be a real shame if something like this interfered with the intellectual development of a child who might have otherwise grown up to become a scientist or engineer (perhaps that is an extreme example though). On the other hand, I can think of ways where performing an educational task virtually might prove to be superior to doing so physically. Dissecting animals in a science class, for example. When I was in middle school, there were a number of students who refused to participate in the killing and dissection of frogs on ethical grounds. A simulated dissection dissection would allow these students to reap the scientific and educational benefits of such a task without conflicting with their morals. I'm sure we can all think of plenty more examples where computer aided exercises would be better, more practical, less expensive, etc.

    I have one last comment to add about the affect that technology may have on social development. I feel that we lack sufficient information to draw conclusions about the long term social changes we may see as a result of all this technology. I'm inclined to agree on the matter of loss of social skills due to the Internet being exaggerated in young adults, but what impact does it have on young users whose social foundations are still developing? The journal article that was linked to in a previous post was published in 2004 (prior to things like Facebook and Twitter becoming so widely used and popular, might I add) and was conducted on undergraduate subjects. I think most of us can agree that there is a huge difference between the social malleability of a child and that of a college-aged individual. I was an undergraduate student in 2004 and my social experiences (as they relate to technology) in college seem to differ slightly from that of people I know who attended after the advent and popularization of Facebook. It seems to me that not enough time has elapsed for any proper studies to be conducted on the impact that such immersion into the Internet and technology will have if an individual's constant exposure begins at the start of their formal education (though in reality, it probably will begin even earlier for many) and lasts consistently into adulthood. Sorry if this post got a bit long...very interesting topic indeed.
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