The topic for the last edtc400 debate was Educators have a responsibility to use technology and social media to promote social justice and fight oppression: Agree or Disagree?. On the agree side we have Jesse Simpson and on the disagree side we have Daniel Lee. As usual, we’ll start this post off with a glance at the prevote results.
The agree side is carrying 68.4% of the votes while the disagree side has 31.6%. I really have appreciated these debate topics because it allowed me to learn more about certain topics that I haven’t thought about, including this one. With the knowledge I had prior to this topic, I voted for the agree side. Let’s take a look at the points Jesse addressed.
Staying neutral is problematic: When teachers are problematic
they ignore the fears, interests and concerns of their students. Ignoring your students and their feelings can be damaging towards students. This is a very good point because what if a student’s opinions do not matter at home and school is the place where they feel like they can express themselves. If a teacher is neutral, a student’s feeling of being valued no longer exists. In my class EMTH 200 I did an article presentation and my article was about diverse thinking. The main message in the article was educators should be aware and accept different perspective. Educators will then understand that there is no wrong answers and everyone is right for different reasons. In Tim Walker‘s article, ‘Education is Political’: Neutrality in the Classroom Shortchanges Students, he states how neutrality is a political choice and these choices, as Jesse stated, can result in avoiding fears, interests, and concerns of students. Alyssa Dunn addresses her concerns of the neutrality that results in avoidance of such topics such as racism, inequity, climate change, or gun violence. These controversial issues can put teachers into uncomfortable situations so teachers often avoid these conversations with their students.
Risks of staying silent online: Throughout edtc400, my classmates and myself have realized how big of a part technology has in our lives and how it is only going to increase from here on out. So, what are the risks of educators staying
silent online? It doesn’t give the opportunity to model digital citizenship for students. Educators staying silent online will allow for misinformation to spread through classrooms. In Matthew Lynch‘s article, Modeling Digital Citizenship in the Classroom, he talks more on digital citizenship within a classroom. Using technology to help student’s learning gets students to appreciate the capabilities of technology. Teachers should teach their students how to search the web and indicate whether information is fake or real.
Using technology/social media effectively: For educators to use technology/social media effectively they much show and teach their students an active digital citizenship. This way your students know how to use social media properly and appropriately. As Jesse said in his video, sharing is key and educators should speak out and talk about issues that they think need to be addressed.
D I S A G R E E S I D E
Now it is time to take a look at what Daniel had to say!
Teachers are under constant scrutiny: Daniel talks about how
people believe educators are overpaid because they don’t work the normal 9-5 jobs and they get summers off. Everyone has spoken to a teacher, whether it was a good or bad experience, this exposure gives people the sense that they know what teachers do. In Richard Worzel‘s article, Why Parents Don’t Respect Teachers, he takes these points Daniel has stated and puts them altogether. For instance, Worzel talks about how people look down at teachers because they do not work a 9-5 job. Considering everyone has been in a school, parents seem to know everything teachers do. They go to their jobs, talk to their students a bit, then get to go home around 3:00. How about getting through to students and making sure they understand? What about the assignments that must get developed? The lesson plans that need to be made before class? All the papers that need to be marked? There is a lot that educator do behind the scenes that parent’s don’t see!
The education system is political: Here Daniel talks about how a teacher was fired because the school she taught at found out she had sex ‘outside of a heterosexual marriage’. This article goes deeper into the controversial issues that are tied into this.
Students are easily influenced: Teachers have a big influence on students. Teachers are the leaders of classrooms so I wasn’t surprised when Daniel brought this up. Educators teach younger people the ways around different subjects in the education system. Educators actually hold a lot of power and because of this they are considered to be ‘always right’.
Now that we have taken a look at both sides, let’s take a look at the post vote results.
Now the agree side holds 84.2% of the votes while 15.8% of the votes go to the disagree side. I stuck with the agree side because we live in a very much digital world. Educators cannot stay silent online because all of the misinformation and flaws about technology and social media will reign and there will be total chaos. Both debaters did an amazing job and I was presented with another topic that I didn’t give much thought prior to the debate! Always learning 🙂
This week’s EDTC 400 great edtech debate was on the topic, “We have become too dependent on technology and we’d be better off returning to the “good old days’ before the Internet and smartphones took over”. For the “pro” side we had Jayden Lang and for the “con” side we had Kiera Eastley. This debate reminded me of my social media vs childhood debate but now it is more generalized to everyone.
I myself sometimes wish I was raised in the 80’s mostly because I like 80’s music (lol). I have also heard the line “Well back in my day…” way too many times. But the thing is, this world is so evolved that us adapting to the ‘good old days’ will never happen. So, have we become too dependent on technology?? I voted for disagree, let’s take a look at the pre-vote results to see what my other classmates voted for!
Alright so as we can see, 76.5% of the votes were for disagree and while 23.5% of the votes were for agree. This is quite a difference, this will be interesting!! Let’s take a look at what Jayden had to say!
Internet & Smartphones are affecting our mental & physical health: Jayden starts this point of with sharing some statistics on texting injuries. She states that more than 1500 people end up in emergency rooms for texting injuries. Additionally, 78% of American’s believe texting while walking is serious and it is being banned! Not gonna lie, I myself have ran into an object or two while texting and walking.. oops. Moving onto mental health, too much technology use can result in feeling anxious, isolated, lonely, and depressed! In Shainna Ali‘s article Could You Be Addicted to Technology?, there is a list of problems, mostly health related, that is created by an excessive use of technology. Vision is one thing on the list I can relate to the most. If you look at a screen for too long you can develop a headache. I get the worst of migraines and guaranteed technology has a part in some of those! I personally have glasses and my eye doctor said that with all this time I spend studying and researching on my laptop, my eyesight is going to be way worse by the time I graduate from the University of Regina.. damn.
Society are losing skills once valued: Technology has gotten in the way of socialization. Jayden uses LivePearson Survey results that shows 74% of Americans would rather send a text than having an actual conversation with someone. Okay… what? That is crazy!!! Jayden makes a strong point when she says that we are losing navigation skills. Today’s society has become so reliant on GPS’s. We may be reliable on them, but are they reliable for us? Jayden makes a list of GPS failures which includes jammers, typing in the wrong address, or the directions not being very safe. This is too accurate!! I was in Saskatoon last summer for training and I never go to Saskatoon so I pulled out my GPS. I missed my turn and the GPS lady kept telling me to do a U-turn on a chunk of grass that was separating the lanes on Circle Drive. Like okay first off… that is probably not legal???
Brad Plumer‘s articleHave we become too reliant on GPS?lays out some problematic situations when it came to people relying on a GPS to navigate them. There was a Belgian bus driver that took 50 tourists 800 miles in the wrong direction because he put in the wrong address. (This individual probably shouldn’t be a tourist bus driver if he doesn’t know where the main attraction spots are lol). I really like how this article states that hikers use their smartphones as a navigation system. May seem super handy until their phone dies. These hikers are now in the middle of nowhere with a limited amount of water and food. We must be careful and realize that GPS‘s are not always going to give us a 100% satisfaction.
Technology may not actually be beneficial for students: Technology has definitely gotten in the way of student’s learning. Jayden stated in her first point of this argument that technology effects memory because there is no need to learn or remember something when you can find the answers on the internet. This is a big issue for students and the line, “Just Google it” is used quite common in schools. Stephanie Petit does a good job at laying out why internet use isn’t very beneficial for students in her article, Is Our Growing Reliance On Technology in the Classroom Healthy?. Not only does Petit talk about how students are not learning anything because they are just quickly finding the answers online, but how these answers can be incorrect. As the saying goes “You can’t always trust what you read on the internet”.
We are missing important moments in life: People do not truly experience moments in life because of technology which makes sense! You’re at a hockey game, a carnival, a concert etc. and you are worried about the quality of the video you just took or the aesthetic of the picture you just snapped. You’re done looking at you’re phone and the game is over, carnival is closing, and the band just finished their encore. That was fun… (and scene). In this TedTalk video about being a digital zombie, Patrik Wincent does a great job at talking about how people now a days are missing out on the moments of life. When parents are out with their kids, they aren’t playing with them or watching them!! They are sitting on their phones and missing out on spending time with their child. Take a look at the video I included below! Joey Salads abducts a child in front of a father that was too busy look at his phone… Go off your phones, play with your children, and PAY ATTENTION TO YOUR CHILDREN!
Connection: With the technology we have today, it allows us to connect with people across the world. Technology allows us to go beyond the limits of distance, time, and more. Dex Torricke-Barton‘s does a great job at explaining how the internet has made one big community in his article, How the Internet is Uniting the World. With the internet, communication has spread worldwide and has created the largest community in history. Dex states in his article, “It crosses every border and culture . . . The tools and knowledge of one nation now belong to all nations.”
Power and Opportunity: With technology there has been 140
million new jobs have been created (as of 2015). The internet has given 600 million children an opportunity to receive proper education. Again, in Dex‘s article, he also states how powerful the internet can be and the internet allows for movements to change the world. For an example, Dex talks about the ALS ice bucket challenge and how more than 17 million videos watched on Facebook by more than 440 million people . Not only that, but more than $100 million was raised during this movement! This is what the internet can do and this would not have happened in the ‘good old days’.
Efficiency: Technology saves us a lot of time and money. It is a great tool to keep everyone organized because of what it all contains. A smartphone can be used as a book, a camera, even a wallet! It can even be used as an iPod (or a tool I use that makes cleaning my room into a dance party). Zaryn Dentzel starts of his article, How the Internet Has Changed Everyday Life, with a strong point on how the internet has revolutionized communication. Communicating with someone hours away from you is so easy to do and only takes seconds. I am constantly amazed with technology and the fact that I learn something new about it all the time. The limits of technology itself is endless and so are the boundaries of social communication through our devices. As Zaryn says, “The future is brimming with opportunities, and the future of the Internet has only just begun.” This is only the beginning and there is so much more to come!
Facilitation: Technology is used as a powerful tool and serves us the three points I have stated above. With such a powerful source, it gives everyone the opportunity to build communities. Kiera assigned us a TedTalk video with speaker Eric Whitacre. In this video he talks about this choir program where anyone can take part from any part of the world. Technology makes everything so easy, and is a great facilitator when it comes to creating relationships, gaining a powerful platform, creating opportunities, and so much more! Life on the internet is endless and it’s only just beginning!
MY FINAL THOUGHTS
Now before I go on about what I think of this topic, let us take a look at the post-vote results!
Jayden was able to turn some heads and raise the agree side to 35.3% while the disagree side has 64.7% of the votes. Both of these ladies did a great job this debate and both raised very good points. I ended up sticking to Kiera‘s side and voting for disagree for a few reasons. The debate topic I was involved in had me researching all the great things the internet maintains so I already had this mindset walking into this debate. Although Jayden made some wonderful points, I was not
convinced that going back to the ‘good old days’ is the right answer. Just a few weekends ago I lost my cellphone and let me tell you, I was able to do everything just fine without a cellphone or the internet. I do not think society is dumbing down and I do not think we heavily depend on technology. I think it comes down to the fact that technology makes things so much easier and us naturally lazy humans will take the easy route. Without my cellphone I was unable to use a GPS and I had to drive to the North side of Regina which I was very unfamiliar with. I surprised myself with how I was able to navigate around without the use of a smartphone. With me losing my cellphone I learned that I can do anything without it and I promise…. if I can do it, I know you can too!
This weeks debate topic in EDTC 400 was “Public education has sold its soul to corporate interests”. Debating on the “pro” side was Liz and on the “con” side was Shaleen. Before I get into each side, let’s take a look at the pre-vote results.
57.9% of the votes went to the agree side while the disagree side had 42.1% of the votes. I was one of the students that voted for the disagree side. I was unsure what to think of this topic, but I automatically thought of sponsors that schools get and how schools get money from other companies. As a person who was a student in a small town, my school never had the luxury of getting sponsorships from big companies. For the most part, we fundraised EVERYTHING. The odd time our town bank would put in a donation, but a lot of the things that needed upgrading was from fundraising and saving money. With my own experiences I voted for disagree.
Push for Standardized Testing: Liz here states how Pearson, a textbook company, supplies most of the textbooks in North America. Considering their textbooks are what majority of schools hold, they also create the Standardized Tests. I did not realize that Pearson actually gets money based on all the tests that are written!! That is so crazy, and some students rewrite tests due to a failed mark.
Corporate Sponsorship: Liz included some results from a survey that states that “in 2005, almost 50% of public elementary schools and 80% of public high schools were sponsored by either Coca-Cola or Pepsi“. Drinking pop everyday is extremely unhealthy, not that kids are drinking it everyday. But if Pepsi and Coca-Cola is plastered all over the school, students will start to crave it. My little sister has Type 1 Diabetes so if she has a pop she will drink a diet pop. Even she knows that too much diet pop is unhealthy so it wouldn’t be beneficial for students to switch to a diet soda. Tom Philpott shares in his article, 80 Percent of Public Schools Have Contracts with Coke or Pepsi, the research he found on one of the contracts between Coke and a school. Tom shares, “under the existing 10-year contract, Coca-Cola paid the district $4 million upfront and an additional $350,000 a year to sell its beverages in schools”. That is a lot of money, and I am sure it is great for the school but is it worth the health risks the students are going to be facing?
This video above does a good job on giving people a better understanding of standardized tests and how it is beneficial for Pearson but not the students. Once you hit the third grade and fail these tests, you fail grade 3. I find it bizarre how these people are applying so much pressure on these kids!! They know they will fail if they do not pass so that is already increasing anxiety for students. There is such a thing as test anxiety and students are developing this at such a young age because there is so much pressure to pass a single test. For students in high school, take a grade 12 class, already have so much stress built up. This is the time where students are applying for university and figuring out their future. On top of that, they have six tests to worry about and they need to hit a certain grade to graduate. This video states that students will retake these tests at least three times!! With the costs of the tests being $15-$30, depending on the test. Pearson is getting so much money just by implementing so much stress and pressure on students.
Technology In The Classroom: Schools rely heavily on technology due to sources like Google and Microsoft Office. Although schools get many financial offers, they do not say yes right away. Schools ask “Is it beneficial for students on and off campus?”, “How reliable is it?”, and “Is the tool easy to use?”. These questions are necessary to ask because schools and teachers should be looking for benefits for their students. Shaleen says that schools look after their building first, not the company. In the article, Ask the expert: smartly investing in education technology, it talks about how schools want the best for their students. With constant updated technology and the costs of it all, it is becoming impossible for schools to give the best to their students.
Moving Away From Bad Business: There are schools in New York, and even Texas (who was a big buyer for Pearson) that are dropping out of their deals with Pearson because of all the cons it comes with. Shaleen states that elementary students are getting tested on high school material. This is outrageous considering that grades three students get held back if they fail. In Valerie Strauss‘ article,Pearson loses huge testing contract in New York – and gets more bad news, she gives us readers a better understanding of what Pearson is asking students on their tests. One is grade fours are to explain the architectural design of a rollercoaster and explain why rollercoasters are designed with cables instead of chains. This is something I cannot even answer, and Pearson expects grade four students to know the answer? This is completely unrealistic, good for the school that dropped their contrasts with Pearson. They are definitely looking after their students and not the money.
Ethical Consumption: Shaleen makes a great point by saying that if education has “sold-out” to corporates then everyone has as well. We all use cellphones, laptops, apps, etc.
As you can see, there was a drastic change in the post-vote results. At the end the agree side held 88.9% of the votes while the disagree side held 11.1% of the votes. I was one of the students that changed to agree from disagree. My vote changed because of the class discussion. My classmate Daniel made a good point that the University of Regina‘s 1 million dollar sign was a not so smart move. I think everyone in this class can agree and I think this changed the votes because of the fact that a lot of our tuition money went towards it. (I am actually not too sure but where else would the University of Regina get that much money for a sign?). One of my classes in the classroom building had a bucket in it because the roof was leaking. This shows that the University cares more about the looks of their campus than the quality. Besides the University, I believe that schools truly care about their students and look for what is best for them! This topic was very interesting and has me thinking more about it!
In this week’s ECS 210 lecture we talked about the “traditional” definition of literacy which is the ability to read and write. The class furthered this and talked about how society must be able to read and write in the dominant language to become successful. The Saskatchewan Curriculum states, “Literacy is the set of knowledge, skills, practices and behaviours that allow all of us to interact with each other. Literacy and learning are keys to employment, higher wages, better social and health outcomes and active participation in society.” Now, if there is an individual that isn’t originally from Saskatchewan, or even Canada, that does not have a great understanding with English language, does this mean they are illiterate? Does this mean they will not be as successful as me? I personally think, of course not!!! Besides reading literature we talked about how people “read the world” based on their upbringing and personal experiences.
How do I “read the world”? I grew up in the town, Raymore SK and I attended Raymore School, a grade k-12 school. Around Raymore were places like Kawacatoose, Day Star, George Gordons, Punnichy, etc. Therefore, I grew up with Aboriginal people in my class and school my entire school experience. Have I witnessed racism and bullying due to “differences”? Yes, but it has always confused me. I don’t know if it is because I grew up around different cultures but I never really understood what made white people different compared to First Nations and vice versa. In school, I never really understood the “hatred” that took place in school and in town. I have heard of the stereotypes “First Nations drink alcohol” or “First Nations don’t work”. I never really believed those stereotypes though because I also knew white people that drank alcohol and that didn’t work. It has been a lot of back and fourth for me as I grew up in a community with different cultural backgrounds.
Growing up in a small town, I grew up in an “olden day” community that didn’t really talk about the LGBTQ community. However, when this topic was brought up, I was taught that being a homosexual was wrong and unacceptable without any valid reasons as to why that was. I did not give this much thought nor did I believe what I was being told. I remember in English 20 presenting my thoughts about the LGBTQ community. My personal view on this subject is that other people’s choices do not affect my life, so why should I get involved in those choices and judge the people making those choices? However, considering I group up in a community that was against this topic, when I see a male in female clothing I will do a double take. I do not judge this person nor do I think this person is wrong for that choice, it just takes me back when I see it.
As I review what I have typed up above, I think of the word “different”. In my classroom how do I work against these differences? I believe the best way to fight these biases is to collaborate different perspectives and understandings in my classroom. I think it is important for myself and my students to feel comfortable looking at things in different perspectives and learning why these perspective are the way they are.
This week it was my turn to grab hold of the mic and be one of the debaters! I was very excited to go up against my friend Lauren Sauser on the topic “Does social media ruin childhood?”. Lauren was leading the “pro” side, while I was leading the “con” side. I started thinking of my side as soon as I signed up for this debate. I knew that to have a chance of me getting my thoughts across to my classmates, I could not ignore the dangers that social media upholds. I also was thinking of this debate as dangers of social media vs. dangers without social media. Social media does create negatives, but social media also has positives to make up for those negatives. A world without social media creates negatives and there is not a positive to cover every single negative. The rest of this post will prove these statements. But first let’s talk about the pre-vote.
I had a feeling that the disagree side was going to hold less votes because my peers were voting and they all grew up with less social media in their lives. Even I was stumped starting with this debate because I kept comparing everything to my childhood. However, I had to remember that technology (to connect to social media) was not a big part of my life when I was a child. When looking at kids now, where social media is basically embedded into their lives and is nothing new to them, I realized this is their norm and not mine. I had to keep reminding myself that times change. So I was surprised to say the least when I saw these results…
Just as I expected, I was falling behind in votes. But I did not think it was going to be so close!! In fact, this pre-vote result was the closest pre-vote result we’ve had this far. With this, I knew we were in for one heck of a good debate!! (And it was, hence the long post). Now, let us talk about Lauren‘s side!!
Social Media is Ruining Childhood
First off, I want to thank Lauren for being such a great competitor in this debate. She made tons of great points that made me think… “Hmm, I never really thought of that. This changes things.”
Chalos talks about multiple reasons as to why children should not be on social media. Here’s a few of them!!
Faceless Communication: Kids think that considering they are online no one can see them. Therefore kids are under the impression that anything they say is anonymous. I myself cannot even imagine what some kids say behind their shields of a screen. Being attacked by words instantly hurts a person. Unfortunately being attacked by words is the main attack in cyberbullying… no wonder anxiety and depression are increasing around the younger ages.
Less time outdoors: When a person starts staring at a screen, it is very hard to walk away from it. Minutes turn into half hours, and half hours turn into hours, then you look out your window and it is almost dark outside! One day wasted because a person was too busy staring at screens all day!! Poor eyes! It is said that only 10% of kids play outside daily!! If children do not go outside they are missing out on some amazing benefits: confidence, imagination, responsibility, physical activity, etc.
Less sleep: Humans need at least 8 hours of sleep but
the average teen needs 8-10 hours of sleep! This is because they’re growing physically, intellectually, and emotionally. Between the years 2012 and 2015, 22% of teens fail to even get 7 hours of sleep. Kids who do not get enough sleep will experience mood swings and depression. I think it is also important to note that you can never gain sleep back!! Having a couple of naps does not make up for the 3 extra hours of sleep you should have gotten during the night. I am sure us university students can testify to this. I know after the busy week I had, I can definitely tell you readers to make sure you get 8 hours of sleep every night!!
Reilly discusses how social media is impacting children’s lives in not the best of ways. This article holds a lot of good points and it was a very interesting read! The article starts off by stating that it isn’t very surprising when you see children looking down at their tablets or phones, and at a such a young age too!! It is almost like children grew up with a tech savvy mind. Kids are so consumed in their technology that they don’t learn skills like how to read or how to ride a bike. Which I think is so sad, like do you all remember getting that nasty deep scrape from falling off your bike? And then showing all your friends this battle wound and feeling like a complete bad a**? But yet again, hitting the back of your heal on the bike pedals – that is equivalent to stepping on a lego.. I am in pain typing this up. Okay Kylie, let’s get back on track… This article shares that by the time a child turns three they are staring at a screen for 8 hours a day!! That is the amount of hours a person should be sleeping! #shook This article also talks about age restrictions and how
they are very much ignored. For instance, to be a user on Facebook you have to be at the age of 13, at least! I can tell you right now I have some kids from my hometown as friends on Facebook and they are definitely not 13 yet. This article states you should be at least 18 to get onto YouTube but we all know that is definitely not being followed. BUT, there is now YouTube Kids for the younger crowd! However, it is concerning that social media sites that are age restricted make it so easy for kids under that age to still access it.
Sauer talks about how scary and horrible cyberbullying has gotten. As Lauren mentions in her video, 35% of kids are victims of cyberbullying. This article talks about how social media has taken a child’s empathy away. As I mentioned in the first article I stated, faceless communication gives children a sense of power to cyberbully. With the combination of faceless communication and lack of empathy, this is creating an aggressive life for children on social media. Sauer mentions that it would take two weeks for an individual to feel fully comfortable without social media!! Yet again, #shook!! Lastly I cannot ignore the 15 year old, Sadie Riggs. Riggs got bullied at school constantly, and leaving school was not a safety net for her because her bullies followed her home by using social media. With the combination of in school bullying and cyberbullying, she could not handle it any longer. Sadie Riggs decided to take her own life because of this. This is NOT okay!! And although I am talking about Lauren‘s side of the debate right now, I need to say this after discussing this part of the article. There are resources online where children can find support. There are resources where they can find a place where they are accepted and not alone!! (I’ll talk about this more later) .
During the class discussion, the topic of hiding behind social media brought up. For instance, a person can post a photo to Instagram with them smiling portraying a happy lifestyle but they are secretly hurting. This video below does a great way at representing how people lie about their lives on Instagram.
Lauren made some great points and picked out some amazing readings that explained thoroughly the reasons as to why social media can ruin childhood. Although I entered this debate being aware of the dangers with social media, she went above and beyond. There were dangers I did not think about!! Now that we have looked into this side of the debate, it is time to look at the “con” side and check out what I had to say about this topic!
In this article, Caroline shares 5 great reasons as to why we should not worry about kids on social media. I mentioned this article in my video where Caroline says “If social media is all bad, how are kids taking a stand against bullying? How did children organize a school walkout to protest against gun laws?” The answer is in fact social media. The amount of children that have been killed from school shootings is absolutely
devastating!! These kids just thought they were going to have another great day at school to talk about at the dinner table when they get home. Some children do not make it home. Some kids did come home after living a nightmare and developing a fear of going to school. The scary part? Social media was not involved. With social media, students made a national announcement that this is not okay, kids are dying, and gun laws need to be change immediately. There is a student, Emma Gonzalez, that probably never thought that her voice would be heard worldwide. You know what made that possible? Social media!! With social media, the video I posted below was broadcasted worldwide and these victims of such a scare are being heard. Knorr says that many teens have said that social media is mostly positive despite the flaws it maintains. Children have the opportunity to connect, learn, and share. Knorr says, “You can help nurture the positive aspects by accepting how important social media is for kids and helping them find ways for it to add real value to their lives”. I find this quote to be very powerful because time and time again we have people in today’s society that just explore negativities, while there are so much positives that overpower these negatives. Now here are the 5 reasons as to why social media is beneficial:
It lets them do good: There are platforms like Facebook and Twitter that let kids speak out. With these sources kids realize that they have a voice that can be heard! With such tools, the kids today are the people that are going to make amazing changes in the future and I am supporting them 110%.
It can offer a sense of belonging: I will agree that kids have become less social, but it has been proved that children are feeling less lonely and developing a feeling of belonging. With kids feeling less lonely and creating friendship, it is shedding light on their lives. If a friendship, developed online, is what is keeping a child happy and not lonely, I applaud that friendship!
was just a few out of many that I discussed. Video games like Minecraft are even helping people from preventing to take action in self harm!! This article talks about how a Minecraft community prevented a teen from committing suicide. This support is extremely strong and I could not think of anything better than a group of kids saving another person’s life. Absolutely admirable.
It helps them express themselves: All kids find something they are passionate about. Some kids might not know anyone personally with the same interests. Connecting with people online helps children express their likes and dislikes with people that share the same opinions.
Barnes and Laird discuss some positive effects of social media on children. They state that social media is evolving quickly and it is next to impossible to avoid, as I stated in my debate video! I like how through this article they also state some negatives. I may be on the disagree side but I also want to make it clear that I want children to know the negatives that are part of social media. This article states that social networking provides another way to get children excited about learning again, and that is not wrong! Remember as a kid in
school the teacher would come in with a boxy looking tv and VCR player? And you’re heart would flutter and you just knew this next hour was going to be lit? That is how kids feel when teachers bring in iPads into the classroom! There are so many social network applications that children have access to that helps enhance their learning! As I said already, it is stated that kids aren’t as social anymore but how about kids that are anti-social in general? This was discussed by my classmate Shaleen. She brought up an excellent point that everyone will do anything to get out of socializing. When there was no cellphones, it was a newspaper that was getting you out of a conversation. But, kids who are afraid of face-to-face interaction are becoming social and making plenty of friends by going on social media. Anti-social children are happy with their friendships because they made them without the pressure of having to physically talk. Social media introduces so many alternatives for so many people, opportunities are endless!!
Sheehan actually has an article on how social media can be dangerous. He mentions he would not be a balanced parent if he did not try to see the good in social media. Once he stopped focusing on the negatives, his mindset shifted on this topic. Sheehan explain 5 great reasons as to how social media is actually good for children.
Keep up with friends: My classmates in high school all went separate ways after graduation, and I would be absolutely devastated if I didn’t have something to keep in touch with them. Luckily, I got social that helps me keep in contact with everyone I care about! Sheehan talks about his experience with his kids and socializing through social media. He stated that physical hangouts aren’t always practical which makes sense. During the week you do not want your kid going out every night! Sometimes they need a night in to rest. Social media helps kids keep in touch with their friends when they are unable to see them in person.
Collaborate with schoolmates: You have no idea how many group chats I have on Facebook for different subjects. Or the amount of times I have FaceTimed someone in one of my classes for help on a question. Having a 24 hour connection with schoolmates is so handy, especially since you cannot take your teacher home with you! Sheehan talks about how his daughter is homeschooled because of her schedule with ballet. He explains, “All of the collaboration, student-teacher & student-student, takes place online”. This is so convenient for children that have a busy schedule that does not collide with schooling well.
Discover new interests: In my video I used Alec Couros and his kids as an example as to how social media opens doors for children. This article also supports the idea of social media opening doors for the youth. Again he talks about his younger daughter and how she is able to make wallets out of duct tape because of YouTube videos. Sheehan‘s oldest daughter also uses social media to learn more about ballet!
Get prepared for the future: I did not talk about this fact as much as I wanted to during the class. Luckily, this section takes the words right out of my mouth, “I feel that those who do not have exposure to social media as children, will potentially have a harder time adapting to it as adults”. Say we remove social media in a child’s life. Sooner or later these kids are going to grow up, get a job and make money, and buy their own cellphone. They are going to enter the social media realm completely unprepared. All of the dangers of it will hit them like a bus. All the opportunities and different applications will be so overwhelming for them. We need to prepare them and teach them the routes to take when on social media. This way as children grow up, they will know exactly how to handle social media.
Get creative: It is said that social media takes away creativity. This article supports that in fact creativeness is crawling all over social media. A lot of people say that taking pictures for social media is just another way to block out communication. Sheehan disagrees with this, and so do I! He states that his children try different angles and lighting to take pictures. They play around with filters until they find the image that they have created in their mind. They research the inspirational words they want to include for this picture. Kids have the tools to let their minds be as creative as they please and they even have the power to share their creations.
Oof, okay this is getting long.. the end is near!! For the people reading this: congratulations you have made it to the end!! Now that I have laid out all points made by Lauren and I, let us take a look at the post-vote results. As I was waiting for Katia Hildebrandt to uncover the results, I had no idea what to expect. This was one of the strongest debates (not being biased) we have had this semester. There was so many strong points, not just from the debaters but from the class as well! So many opinions, that were great to hear, and opened up a lot of different conversations!
I pulled through with a 62.5% of the class votes! Considering I had no idea where the results would lie, I was surprised. However, I was also very happy that I was able to prove to people that social media is not creating negativity in a child’s life! There are areas that need improvement but yet again, what doesn’t need improvement? If everything was perfect… that would make things just too easy!
Final Thoughts (Finally, right?)
I am going to end this post in a similar way I ended the debate! I wanted to look at this topic as dangers of social media vs dangers without it. Kids can simply get killed by crossing the street. Children can be kidnapped so easily (stranger danger). Kids are getting killed because of school shootings. The list can go on and on. Despite these flaws in our world, we still encourage kids to go outside. Why is that? Because although there are some negatives, we do not want children growing up with being fed constant negativity. We do not want our children to go outside in fear because of all the dangers this world contains. We want our children to go out, explore, and witness all the great things this wold has to offer. How do we do that? We guide and teach kids to look both ways before crossing the street, do not talk to strangers, and even school systems tell and show kids what to do if a school shooting were to ever occur. Why do we do this? We want our kids to live their best lives, while also being aware of some of the flawed parts the world contains. It is time we apply this strategy to the virtual world we call social media because as Lucie Russel, director of Media and Campaigns at YoungMinds said, “We need to realize young people are on social media and that’s here to stay, now it’s about giving them skills to manage their online lives.”
Social media, you do not ruin childhood… you advance it!
I enjoyed this week’s readings and lecture for ECS 210, mostly because I love math and am majoring in it. Between the readings Jagged Worldview’s Colliding and Teaching Mathematics and the Inuit Community, and Dr. Gale Russell’s presentation, I started thinking about math in my high school and how it was taught. I loved math throughout school, it was always something I was naturally good at. For me personally, I never experienced math as oppressive or discriminating at my school. As I make connections with other classes and other readings this semester, I can see how math can be oppressive and discriminating.
When doing research for the curriculum critique paper in this class, I was reading other mathematical curriculums. I noticed that the First Nations, Metis, and Inuit section were written word for word in every math curriculum. With the lack of effort in writing this section, it shows that the people writing the curriculum did not want to add this in, but felt like they needed to. Just from the curriculum alone, we can see that mathematics can be discriminating. Although the people writing the curriculum do not support equity, that does not mean teachers don’t have to either. Educators need to remember that different cultures contain different beliefs and understandings. Educators must get to know their class and find different and diverse ways of teaching mathematics. Students cannot learn something if it doesn’t line up with their beliefs and understandings.
In EMTH 200, one of our main focuses is the importance of developing a deep understanding for mathematics. You are not only asking yourself “How?” but now thinking of “Why?”. This is important because math is known as a class where students say “As long as we have this formula memorized we will be fine”. To ensure that discrimination is not in my classroom I need to let students know that it is okay to have different perspectives on a question. I will let my students speak and let them express their thinking and let them know their opinions and thoughts are valued.
After reading Teaching Mathematics and Inuit Community, I was able to identify three ways as to how Inuit mathematics challenged Eurocentric ideas on mathematics and how we learn it. In this reading and Dr. Gale Russell’s presentation, I learned that Inuit people do math in base 20. This is due to the fact that they have ten fingers and ten toes. I found this to be so interesting, I would never have thought to use my toes as a tool for math! Western math is done in base 10! When it comes to measuring length in a Western math perspective, people use tools like rulers to measure. While Inuit people use their body part to measure things! I really enjoyed the traditional calendar section in this reading. A Eurocentric calendar contains 12 months with one month being 30 days then the next month having 31 days. These days are constantly alternating except for February which has 28 days, 29 days every four years. An Inuit calendar also has 12 months but the amount of days for each month is always changing. In the reading it says that September is the month where caribou’s antlers lose their velvet. September will end when caribou’s antlers lose their velvet. Therefore, their months are based on natural, recurring events.
This week I have learned how important it is to include all cultures in my classroom. I have learned how different cultures can have different perspectives in mathematics. I have learned that it is okay to think different in mathematics compared to everyone else. Educators must remember the different cultures in their classroom and the influences it can have for the subject of mathematics.
For this week EDTC 400 great edtech debate, we had debaters Ryan Schlosser and Kaytlyn Placatka. For the topic, Techonology is a force for equity in society, Ryan was on the “pro” side while Kaytlyn was on the “con” side. I really was not sure what to expect with this topic because it was a topic I did not really think about, and I didn’t really know how I felt about it. I was very interested in what was going to be said by the two debaters. Although I did not have much of an idea of this topic, I knew that technology introduced opportunity to people that needed help bettering themselves. In fact, I was thinking of man named Stephen Hawking who was actually mentioned by Ryan. With the information I knew with technology and equity, I voted for agree.
Wow… those pre-vote results are awfully close!! 58.8% of my classmates voted for disagree while the other 41.2% voted for agree. With such close results, I got hyped real quick for this debate to begin. I was also very excited to see where my mind would go afterwards considering I didn’t have much thought or opinion on this topic.
Ryan talks about how technology helps create fairness for people with impairment and disabilities, enhances education around the world, and gives young people a voice that deserves to be heard. Ryan states that there is over 1 billion people with disabilities and they have less of a chance of getting employed. But, with such things like technology, people with disabilities have a higher chance of getting employed since technology is giving these people more opportunities. Ryan mentions Stephen Hawking and the technology he used. Stephen used Speech Generating technology that allowed him to control a computer with his eyes which gave him the ability to talk!! HOW AWESOME IS THAT?!
One of the big discussion topics on this debate was the cost of technology and the lack of technology some schools have. This reading, Youth Learning, supports that cost will not be an issue. Dell Technologies wants to make sure that all schools have the technology they and their students deserve. Dell now has 18 labs where over 10,000 students now have access to technology. This is absolutely incredible and I think it is amazing that Dell is doing this for schools in need. This is fairness. This is equity. This is technology.
This article talks about how technology supports innovation and it also talks about the Youth Learning system that Dell is in charge of. The article talks about how originally Youth Learning started in India and is now currently involved with 15 other countries across the world. Deb Bauer, the director of Dell Giving says, “It’s our belief that access to technology brings young people into contact with the broader world, opening up access to education and vocational training in a very cost-effective way”. I think is it amazing that Dell is thinking of communities that do not have the funding to get the technology that they need. Dell is playing a great role in equity and technology is also playing a great role in technology by giving these students the access to education that they needed.
Kaytlyn talks about how some students at different schools have disadvantages when it comes down to technology. A lot of the time, teachers will ask students to go on their cellphone and get them to go on a website. Or sometimes their will be assignments done online that students will have to continue to do at home on their computer. With this, educators need to think of students who do not have data on their phone or the fact that some students do not have a phone at all. There are some families that do not have the money to get a computer or internet at home so students are sometimes unable to do their homework at home. Kaytlyn mentioned that students can go to their public library and use the computers their. I know the library I have in my hometown does not have very reliable computers and they are very old. Therefore, they would not be much help either. Students with low income are the ones that face most of these disadvantages. With students and their families unable to afford technology, students cannot participate at home like everyone else can which creates a participation gap!
In Meghan Bogardus Cortez‘s article, states that there are five millions households that cannot afford technology. Imagine all of those students that cannot participate in school at home like all the other students. To close this participation gap there are companies like Google Fiber that are texting cheap, wireless, high speed internet. Also, Sprint’s 1million Project is planning to connect 200,000 high school each year for five years. They are going to pull this off by giving away mobile devices with limited LTE date service. It is actions like these that will end non-equity when it comes to technology. Until then, the affordability of technology is still a huge issue when it comes to equity.
Chris Berdik‘s article discusses how some students have disadvantages because they do not have enough money at home to have internet or a computer. This means that when some students go home, they can continue their learning but for other students… their learning stops at school. Students are going through unnecessary stress when it comes to finding a way to finish their online assignments at school and on time. Students will use their lunch hour to go to computer and work on their assignments. At a school there is a half hour after school hours where kids stay and learn what has been difficult for them to catch onto, this time is called “tutorial”. But students will go their just to get access to a computer so they have a bit more time to work on their assignment. It is not fair for students to get stressed about whether or not they may finish their assignment on time being of a technology barrier.
In Sara Bernard‘s article, she talks about how things have changed since the year 1995. Technology is s widespread and needed be everyone and increased in technological innovation. With Technology becoming the “it thing”, there is a bigger demand to have technology at schools, communities, households, etc. Sara makes an interesting point by discussing how most kids have cellphones and perhaps that is the only source of information in their lives. Unfortunately a lot of schools have a no phone policy, in which the student’s only source of technological learning is getting taken away from them.
C O N C L U S I O N
The post-vote results changed majorly. For the disagree side we have 77.8% and 22.2% for the agree side. There is a bigger difference between the two then there are now. I was one of the students that changed sides and voted for disagree. I think this topic is a very tricky topic and I think I am not the only one that can say I am glad I did not have to be one of the debaters in this. Kaytlyn and Ryan, you two did an amazing job! Although I voted for disagree at the end, after doing further research I see myself veering towards agree again. Although cost is a very huge reason in technology forcing inequity, there are also companies that are helping provide technology for the communities and people that cannot afford it. This is a great way to ensure that one day the world will be known for its participation in equity!
For this week’s great edtech debate in EDTC 400 the class discussed the topic cellphones should be banned in the classroom. This weeks debate was different from the rest because there were three sides opposed to just two sides. The debater for cellphones should never be banned we had Cody Biever. The debater for cellphones should always be banned we had Kendall Schneider. Then we had a debater that is supporting the idea that cellphones should be allowed in high school only, Tiana Waldbauer.
These are the results for the pre-vote, I myself voted for never. I am surprised with these results because I thought most of the votes would be under never. 50% was under allowed only in high school, 44.4% was under never, and the rest of the votes were under always.
These are the results for the post-vote, I voted for never again. Considering I was shocked with the results from the pre-vote, I had not idea what these results would have been. 55.6% was under allowed only in high school, 27.8% was under never, and 16.7% was under always. The results changed a lot, and so did my thoughts on this topic (even though I voted for the same thing).
In the reading, Brain Drain: The Mere Presence of One’s Own Smartphone Reduces Available Cognitive Capacity, there are some shocking stats that connect the relationship between cellphones and humans. 91% of people of say they will never leaves their homes without their cellphones. 46% of humans say they could not live without their cellphones. This reading also states that people look at their phones at least 85 times a day. This shows the amount of real world time humans are not interacting in. Kendall also shared that 20% of a student’s class time is on their cell phones.
The article Distracting, disrespectful side to cellphones in classmake some good points on how distracting and disrespectful it is to pull out a cellphone in class. There are amazing educational apps that can be used to help students, however students main use of cellphones during class time are to play games or scroll through Facebook. A teacher’s job is to help students develop an understanding and with cellphones in play, it makes their job impossible and that is super disrespectful towards the teachers.
This picture above is from the same article and shows a group of students that DID NOT go on their phone during class did better on the quiz opposed to the group of students that were on their phone during class times.
Cheating: A student’s main focus on their phones is games and social media. As I stated above, Kendall shared that 20% of a student’s class time is on their phones. When it comes to tests, students are missing 20% of the class information which leads to students pulling out their phone during a quiz and going on the internet. Now that there are wireless earbuds, it makes it very easy for students to go on YouTube and listen to recorded information and not get caught. This may give students a pass in that moment, but they are not learning anything. Soon that 20% of missed class time will turn into 40% and then 60% percent. During finals, supervision is a lot more intense which will make it nearly impossible for students to cheat and this will lead to a possibility of failing the final exam and perhaps result into failing the class.
Cyber-Bullying: Cyber-bullying is a commonly used way people embarrass and humiliate other people. It’s way easier for kids to hide behind their screen and attack their peers. Now a days it is so easy for kids to record something and put it on social media. This content then gets traced back to the school and harms the reputation of the school and staff.
Texting: Texting is one of the most common things that take place in classrooms. Not only is the student that is texting not absorbing any information, but the students around this one student get distracted from it. They stop focusing on the teacher and focus in on the one student, then everyone starts pulling out their phones. Next thing you know the teacher looks at the class and everyone’s head is down, looking at their phones.
Sexting: Sexting in an act of sending sexual messages and pictures. The scary thing is, you never know if this “private” content will stay private. It is so easy for people to screenshot messages/pictures and forward them to all their friends. This is linked to cyber-bullying for it embarrasses and humiliates a certain individual and it can cause a person to resort to self-harm.
learned some how cellphones can be used effectively in the classroom. With the advancement of technology, there really is no limitations. There are so many ways a cellphone can be useful and helpful for both teachers and students. There are many educational apps that help students learn, time manage, become more organized, etc. Teachers can even combine technology with their lessons. Websites like Menti is a great way for students who are not so comfortable speaking out loud to speak up about the course material or ask any questions that they have been wanting to ask.
The reading, A blanket ban on cellphones in class would not be smartreally gets me thinking on what would happen if cellphones were band. Although cellphones seem to be the main reason for distractions in a classroom, imagine the rebellion if they were banned from school entirely? Even breaks!? Teachers need to accept that technology is a part of this generation and it will probably always be around. Banning cellphones is not the answer, but finding a way to integrate them into the lesson is always an option. That way students get to play with there cellphones and learn at the same time. A positive tribe leads to positive vibes, am I right?
Supporting the idea that there needs to be less time banning cellphones and more time incorporating them into classrooms is Michelle McQuigge in her article, Should schools welcome cellphones in class?. Banning cellphones will only make students mad and they are likely to not pay attention in class after their phones get taken away. It is important for teachers to give students responsibility by implanting rules for cellphones and sticking by those rules.
CELLPHONES ALLOWED ONLY IN HIGH SCHOOL
With this portion of the debate and the readings assigned, there is quite a bit of overlapping with the arguments Cody made. I don’t think that cellphones are necessarily bad in classrooms, they just need to be used properly during class. In Liz Kolb’s article, Adventures with Cellphones,she talks about some experiences as to why cellphones are beneficial in a classroom setting. Another handy thing, she gives a list of activities that combine cellphones with learning the classroom. Right now is a busy time in the semester, but I am really interested into looking deeper into these activities and getting some fun ideas for my future classroom!
In Willard R. Daggett’s article, assigned by Tiana, Preparing Students for Their Technological Future, he talks about focusing on the students. Teachers must to understand their students’ needs and clearly technology is one of them. With the coming up generation, they are growing up around technology and it is going to be very hard to avoid it. Therefore, teachers need to teach students how to use their cellphones effectively and share benefits in how they can use their cellphones to help them succeed in class.
In Tiana’s debate video, she also makes some great points as to why cellphones should be used in high school classes and NOT elementary & middle school classes. Cellphones send off Microwave Radiation (MWR), which has a negative impact on a child. It can result in health risks and developmental delays so to prevent this, less cellphone time is for the best. Cellphones can also cause a child to become depressed and lonely. Children become so dependent on their phones they never get to fully develop any social skills. Another connection to mental health risks is cyber-bullying. As mentioned in Kendall‘s argument, cyber-bullying is the easiest form of bullying so it is commonly used to harass others. Cyber-bullying can lead to depression and even self-harm. Unfortunately cyber-bullying is commonly used through cellphones in elementary schools. This cannot be stopped completely but if cellphones were banned in elementary schools, the rates of cyber-bullying will decrease!
Wow… that is a lot of information to absorb! Honestly, I don’t know what to think. Although I voted that technology should never be banned, I still see major cons on having cellphones allowed in classrooms. I do though disagree with fact that cellphones should be used only in high school. This topic is not just something mentioned in class, it has been an argument for years and I think it will always be one. But I think if we teach our students the right way to use phones in school, as they are kids, they will gain responsibility and it will be less of a hassle and more easier once those kids enter high school. Avoiding cellphones in the classroom is nearly impossible, so teachers need to accept that and find ways to use these devices effectively in classrooms. The idea of cellphones can work with rules that are implied consistently and a balance between school work use and entertainment use.
From this reading, I can see the river trip as a whole being an example of reinhabitation and decolonization. As they go on this river trip, all the people are revisiting and reclaiming location that hold a traditional territory significance that they are learning about. During this process, the people are diving into reinhabitation. Reinhabitation aims to “identify, recovery and create material spaces and places that teach us how to live well in our total environments” (pg. 74). In the essay, the elders share that a river is more than just a body of water. The river holds emotional, physical, and spiritual meanings. The river is also used as a way to remember the people that one has lost for the river is used as a cemetery. This powerful moment in the article is a part of decolonization. Decolonization aims to “identify and change ways of thinking that injure and exploit other people and places” (pg. 74).
This article gave me a deeper understanding on how something as such as the environment can have a much more deeper meaning to some people. This article shares that there are some knowledgeable facts that are more important to other students. Knowing this, when I am a teacher I should keep in mind that knowledge just is not found within textbooks and the curriculum. Information can be found in within our community and environment. There is no limitation when it comes to knowledge and learning. This reading helped me understand that.
This weeks debate topic was, “openness and sharing is unfair to our kids.” On the pro side is Ashley Osachoff and on the con side is Dryden Clark. During the prevote I voted for disagree, I never really thought about how openness could be so bad for students.
So during the prevoteAshley had 11.1% of the class on her side… ouch! Throughout the debate Ashley made some very good points that I didn’t think of. She changed the mind of some of my classmates, including mine. The post vote resulted in a 50/50 split!! Way to go debaters!!!
This picture above is from Ashley’s debate video that she created. There are a lot of eye opening points throughout this video. I never really realized that students themselves never get asked for their consent. I remember being a student and if the class was watching a movie that needed parental guidance, there would be a note going home to get my parent’s permission so I can watch the movie. But never was I asked if I myself wanted to watch the movie. It was always “ask your parents” not “is this okay with you”. For me personally, I was always okay with whatever had to be done, but I am sure there were students that didn’t want to participate in something but they didn’t have a say in it. Sure, a child could stand up and say they don’t want to participate but when we are continuously having to get our parent’s permission, it takes away the thought of us having a say as well.
In Kerry Gallagher‘s article, Teens speak: Should students publish their school work online?, there are great reasons as to why student’s work shouldn’t be so open for everyone to see. Gallagher’s reasons are under two main points: Keeping work private & Publishing for the world to see.I don’t know about everyone else but when I post my work online, I take pride in it. For the most part, I put a lot of time and effort into my assignments that will be posted online. With technology being so handy now a days, it isn’t hard for people to just copy and paste someone else’s work. Posting assignments gives people more chances to plagiarize and then a student’s hard work is no longer their own. Educators also need to think of who can access these assignments. A stranger can figure out a students name, age, gender, location, etc. This can lead to something very scary and unsafe. Technology makes it so easy to access almost anything and everything. To prevent danger in our students lives, it would be best to leave them off social media.
The photo above is from Dryden’s debate video and it states some benefits from sharing a student’s work online. In a way, students gain confidence when they see their work posted online. When a student’s work gets posted online, it is like the student is getting the teacher’s validation of their work. When I was in school the teachers wouldn’t post our work online but they would share a students work in front of the class. It would make students feel good, but I am sure if there was student where their work never got shared, they wouldn’t feel as good. Sharing assignments online also gives the parents of the students a chance to see what they are doing in school. If parents have access to their child’s work they will have a part of their child’s schooling. It will give a chance for their parents to help their child with homework when they have access to their notes, examples, assignments, etc.
Brian Gatens connects openness and trust in his article, Openness Yields Trust in the Classroom.Openness and trust are important components within a classroom. Openness invites the opportunity to strengthen relationships with students, teachers, and parents. To strengthen relationships you need the sense of trust. Trust in a classroom is a necessary gateway for learning development. Trust creates a safe and knowledgable environment for the students, teachers, and community. Openness and trust go hand in hand when it comes to the classroom. Students need to trust the teacher that they are creating an appropriate digital footprint for themselves. With the trust that is given, the teacher is able to create openness within the classroom.
Like stated above, the post vote results was an even 50/50 split. Just like the votes, that is where my mind is at with this debate topic. I see a lot of benefits to sharing a student’s work online but I also see cons to that as well. What another great debate this EDTC 400 class had. Again, another topic I cannot decide on.. hahah