Technology has Created Drastic Change in the United States Students

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It is rather astonishing to me how in all the conversations and debates about the decline of education in the United States we have ignored the most fundamental of its causes. Our students have changed radically. Today’s students are no longer the children our educational system was designed to teach. Students today have not just changed drastically from those of the past. This change goes beyond the different clothes, styles, and slang being used today youngsters. I see that a really big discontinuity has taken place. One might even call it a “singularity” – an event that changes things so fundamentally that there is absolutely no going back. This so-called “singularity” is the arrival and the popularity of digital technology in the last decade or so. Students in the classroom today represent the first generation to grow up with new technology surrounding them since they were born. It has become common to see children from an early age learn how to use computers, smart phones, video games and other advanced digital tools. The use of the Internet, computer games, and instant messaging has become parts of students every day life. It is an obvious result that today’s students think and process information differently. My generation is considered the last pre-digital generation. As a future educator who will be teaching the 1st generation of digital natives I fear that there are many concerns about preparing students for life and the work environment. This paper examines how the technology available to students has changed the way in which they learn. In addition, I would like to look at the profound implications technology has on student education. I’m curious to find out if the technology available today is helping students le... ... middle of paper ... ...y that doesn’t replace knowledge, but reinforces it. As a high school teacher I will tell my students to never rely on spell check because it will often steer you wrong. Technology is great, but students still have to have the know-how without it. Oftentimes, spell check becomes a way for a student to avoid learning how language works. When a student is presented with unfamiliar material, they don't know how to parse what they are reading. If they learn how language works, how it is spelled, how it is used, they can extrapolate meaning. I understand that the usual methods don't necessarily work for someone with dyslexia, but for most of the student population, expecting correct spelling by high school is not too high a bar to reach. Works Cited Crawford, Matthew B.. Shop class as soulcraft: an inquiry into the value of work. New York: Penguin Press, 2009. Print.

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