Comparably, Neil Postman’s, “Television as Teacher,” argues that television in the educational setting does not teach children to learn but rather it teaches them to expect education to be entertaining (421-430). Both of the authors argue that the dominant technologies of their time have negative cultural and social influences. The concerns that are raised not only question the impact of new media, but also what the influences mean for future generations. Contemporary technology is misunderstood, and if Americans start a conversation about suitable use younger generations will be inclined to use the technologies appropriately. Throughout history, technological advances have given civilization the opportunity to revolutionize the way they learn and communicate.
Integrating the new technology in the teaching process aimed to accomplish different goals: develop communication skills and social skills, develop creativity and stimulate academic curiosity, critical thinking and systematic thinking, efficient management of the assimilated material etc. required in today’s society. At first they classical chalk boards were being replaced, then slowly but surely multimedia materials were introduced in the class. Educational radio and television programs were becoming more common and so were movies. Even though the multimedia was becoming more common in classroom the opinion of the people was that they were “hostile to what has been called book-learning or its handmaiden, school learning,” (Postman, 422).
Although it would be unrealistic to believe that advertising companies will entirely discontinue to aim commercials towards children, it is absolutely realistic to expect them to market in a more responsible and ethical manner. Furthermore, due to the fact that many companies have not been very proactive in regards to this issue, it is important that parents and other significant influences work hard to protect children from marketing ploys.
His point is that students want to learn something new that help them in their life better than actual books from school which don’t apply their interests and their experience (23). So he recommends home-schooling as option to schools (24). Gatto claims that contemporary schools “adopted one of the very worst aspect... ... middle of paper ... ...of education other than school; a great depiction in agreement with Graff’s claim that students are being limited by not considering their interests when creating curricula (Graff 197). In conclusion, education is broader than just falling into what the contemporary school system has to offer. Both Gatto and Graff proved this by explain how conforming students to certain perspectives of education limits their potential in other educational branches that interest the students.
The technological revolution has produced many benefits for today's society, but the constant desire to be entertained is not one of them. The shift from a typographical culture to the flashy image-based culture is leading our nation toward a glamorous demise. Changing back to the text based culture is not likely to happen, so the best remedy for this problem would be for one to become aware of the problem. One must put forth a conscious effort to stay critical of the ideas being fed to them. At the same time society must find ways to use this new technology for better uses than just entertainment.
It is recognized by Leon Botstein that "the simplification and standardization of language" controls the extent of expression and thought. Because of this, "eloquence and even originality, from the perspective of the classroom" have become insignificant. (3) It is the opinion of the Center for Educational Priorities that by the 1990 s, televis... ... middle of paper ... ...r not, TV has become an important device in the United States, as well as in the rest of the world. Children should not be kept away from this form of media. Instead, children should be taught interesting, quality subject matter with television as an aid.
As previously stated, it is an important step in the right direction for cable providers. It is the way to combat the competitors and take back customers. Also, TVE is worth writing about because it is a new form of technology. Being informed of new technologies is detrimental in this era because society is dominated by it. New inventions are additionally full of potential and error.
“ (Clinton, n.d.) Clearly, this mindset is remiss and precludes the contribution of myriad other technologies affecting our daily lives. According to Harrison, “Computer literacy is but a subset of technological literacy, but if this mindset is not encouraged, then the richness of technological literacy will not be passed on to next generations. As technologists, we have the daunting task of reversing this rapidly flowing river.” (Harrison, 2000) So, the question is how to define “technological literacy” without being trapped in too narrow a perspective and without utilizing a specific technology to add meaning to the term. It is important that society controls technology for it to serve us purposefully in our daily lives and lifestyle in general. For us to control technology, an understanding and knowledge is required to allow us to make informative decisions on how it will affect our lives.
Hence, technological devices has its positive and negative effects. There are many possible effects of using technological devices. Thus, the researchers believe that this study will be beneficial to some person or authorities: (1) Administration, (2) Teachers, (3) Students, (4) Future researchers. For the Teachers, this study can help them to educate students about the responsible use of technological devices to teach them how to use technology efficiently; For the Administration, this study can give them recommendations of what activities should be proposed towards the use of technological devices to prevent its behavioral effects. For the Students, this study can help them realize the advantages and disadvantages of using technological devices in everyday life, it can also help them to find out how to manage their time using technological devices; And lastly, for the future researchers, the ideas presented may be used as reference data in conducting new researches or in testing the validity of other related findings.
By encouraging technological developments in our schools and classrooms both teachers and students will benefit. When technology is implemented it is important that it is used correctly and be in direct correlation with the state and federal standards. If technology is used improperly it can be extremely counter productive and have a negative impact on the development of scope and sequence.