Sunday, November 8, 2015

The Article : Technology Changing How Students Learn

            This article deal with the pros and cons about digital technology. These are also one of the major issues in Korea. A man addicted to computer committed a murder just for a fun in the street and this became a social problem in Korea. And the side effect of smartphone was reported in jungang-ilbo newspaper that it can bring about digital dementia and much difficulty without it. Moreover, it reported that people are afraid that they may be disconnected with people in SNS.  Now I am going to introduce the latest article about how new technology such as twitter, Google and Facebook, can affect children in the New York Times. It reported that there is a widespread belief among teachers that students’ constant use of digital technology is hampering their attention spans and ability to persevere in the face of challenging tasks, according to two surveys of teachers being released on Thursday. One was conducted by the Pew Internet Project, a division of the Pew Research Center that focuses on technology-related research. The other comes from Common Sense Media, a nonprofit organization in San Francisco that advises parents on media use by children. According to that article, scholars who study the role of media in society say no long-term studies have been done that adequately show how and if student attention span has changed because of the use of digital technology but there is mounting indirect evidence that constant use of technology can affect behavior, particularly in developing brains, because of heavy stimulation and rapid shifts in attention. However, the surveys also found that the Internet and search engines had a “mostly positive” impact on student research skills and such tools had made students more self-sufficient researchers. I think both of these conflicting views are right. One thing is merit of new technology and the other is the side effect of it. In conclusion, I believe the most important thing is how we use the new digital technology and the effect depends on how to use it.
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