The Negative Influence Of Technology On Post-Secondary Students

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Over 21 million post-secondary students are enrolled in online courses. Computers are in virtually every school in the country and more of those computers are connected to the Internet than ever before (Idea to retire: Technology alone can improve student learning). Technology can be harmful because it undermines our ability to think freely and critically. It distracts us from truly engaging in the art of learning. Schools have reported mixed to negative results when asked about the influence of technology on learning. Access to technology doesn’t transform teaching. One of the most pernicious tendencies of schools is to simply copy and paste marginally effective practices from the analog world to the digital world. Worksheets …show more content…
It also distracts us from doing homework. Over-saturation of media ruins our appetite for wonder. Research also shows that students often juggle homework and entertainment. The Kaiser Family Foundation found earlier this year that half of students from 8 to 18 are using the Internet, watching TV or using some other form of media either “most” (31 percent) or “some” (25 percent) of the time that they are doing homework (Growing Up Digital, Wired for Distraction). Less technology and social media in and outside of schools will make kids more present and engaged in learning. Students must exercise, mediate and enjoy the beauty of the outdoors. Exercise and mediation have been proven to help academic performance. We must give kids a sense of self worth and purpose through education and not through social …show more content…
Social media and learning with technology in school is an easy way to get distracted with filler. "Kids are having there attention besieged by various platforms like computers, games, IPhones" (RSA Animate Series: Sir Ken Robinson's "Shifting Education Paradigms). This means we are getting distracted and are not in the present moment. When various social media platforms are present in schools and at home, kids will never be fully present in the material given. We must emphasize creative and divergent thinking. Technology can be a tool of distraction instead of a tool of enlightenment. We must empower kids to learn in the way that they know best. The world of technology is exciting and gives us a sense of self worth and longing. We must shift this attention to education. We must engage the students and help them find there passion and interests in life. The video explains how teachers focus on old methods of teaching and are not assimilating to the new age of social media with its need for instant gratification. Teachers focus on cheating and teaching things in a unexciting way, which causes a clash. Kids would rather focus on their phones than focus in class. With text messages and pictures, technology can also increase

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