The Importance Of Technology By Turkle

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What narrative is built?

Turkle builds and explains a narrative throughout her book that essentially states technology is taking away the importance of conversation and therefore our students and kids all around lack empathy. We do not need to necessarily get rid of technology to build empathy in our students and children, but we need to be able to still live our lives as we normally would have before all of this new technology, while still being able to find a happy balance between using technology and not having technology at all. Throughout the book, Turkle provides us with examples and metaphors of three different aspects of the human experience and life using Thoreau’s metaphor of three chairs; solitude, friendship and society. While
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The three chair metaphor is the perfect way to explain this. Turkle’s narrative challenges children everywhere, from kids at home to kids at school. It is important to remember that this does not just impact children. Adults are also lacking empathy by using technology to hide behind instead of dealing with anything face to face. Both parents and kids are guilty of this- they may all be sitting in the same room together, but they are all on different devices not paying attention to each other. Turkle refers to Erik Erikson’s idea that parents need to build a basic trust as a building block for all development (2015, p. 113). If parents are just as distracted by technology as their kids, how are they going to build the trust and relationships needed to help kids have real …show more content…
How do we promote the ethical and responsible use of technology in education while still keeping in mind everything Turkle discusses using the three chair metaphor? We have spent a lot of time discussing project-based learning or problem-based learning in our classrooms. As I have been writing this paper and thinking back to these discussions and the metaphor of Thoreau’s three chairs, it leads me back to many of our discussions we have had in class about what our students are missing because of the overuse of technology in schools and homes.

Problem-based learning provides students the opportunity to work with these skills they are lacking due to the distraction of technology. This kind of learning and these kind of projects encourage students to collaborate, discuss, use prior knowledge they have built up, and more. Sure, all of these skills can be fostered using technology. But it still requires our students to think and work with another human. Technology is never going to be able to replace having a face to face conversation with someone, especially in schools and with a teacher. The human touch and voice are incredibly important to kids and we need to remember that in this age of

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