Richard Miller and Paul Hammond gave a very intriguing presentation on the changing technology and its’ affects on the way we interact with the world around us. Continuing with their theme of “This Is How We…” the main focus seems to be on how technology is gradually changing the way we do things, such as dream, think and write. Richard and Paul began their presentation by introducing a small summary of the two presentations. “This Is How We Dream” was about the increase of technology and how it is changing our dreams because of advancements. “This Is How We Think” provided information about how different industries are being transformed through technology. Overall there is an overlapping theme besides the title and it is how technology is changing the way we live.
In their final presentation, “This Is How We Write,” they focus on how education is turning from textbooks to devices that hold textbooks. We have gone from being hands on with turning physical pages to typing and touchscreen. This transition goes from a print base to a network paradigm which is encouraged by students but some professors may be hesitant towards the change. Because of the age difference in students and professors, it is easy for students to engage in the technological changes such as iPads, iPhones, blogs, etc. However, adapting to these changes can be a challenge for older professors because of their background and time period. This movement is certainly generational. Technology is an amazing aspect of our world, but with the good comes the bad.
Starting with the positive aspect of integrating a technological environment, Richard and Paul explained how using technology in the classroom engages the classroom in an easy and interactive way. Richard gave an example of his own course that used a blog site for assignments. He explained how it was a space to write and it was easier for the students to engage in responding to one another and seeing each other’s work. The accessibility that technology provides is outstanding compared to waiting to see student’s two times out of the week. It ultimately flips the dynamic of the class, as Richard and Paul calls it, which means it gives students an active environment that ultimately alters their thinking as well.
Paul gave an excellent example of how technology allowed his 6th grade son to contact an author of a book and go as far as Skyping with him as well. Technology allows no distance. The information to contact him is easy to obtain through the internet and the access is surprisingly easy. This is an example of how generational technology becomes in education. I remember being in 6th grade and writing a letter to the author was a far-fetched idea. Technology has allowed access to unmeasurable information. We live in a fast paced world, so it is no surprise that we are attached to having technology surround us. Whether it be our phones, laptops, iPads, etc, we thrive on its function to ultimately survive. If we need to know something we can easily find it in seconds with internet and wifi. It also students to be connected to their education in a simple way. This is what makes technology so great in education. It allows students to be active no matter where they are. It is keeping the presence of the students in the classroom without them physically being there.
Having too much of something is not always a good thing. Richard and Paul explain that with the access to internet being almost everywhere, the amount of information one can find can be overwhelming. As we find something on the internet it seems as if it continues on to more and more information. Ultimately, it is information overload. They also explained how the textbooks on devices can be distracting, with the many apps and various features it holds. With the many options to pursue more information, it creates a jumble compared to a plain textbook with solid text.
There are many positive and negative aspects with integrating technology into our education, but instead of trying to hinder its ever-growing existence, Richard and Paul show how we can adapt it into our lives in an effective way. Technology is all around us so escaping it would be difficult, so we should make an effort to make it effective and allow its’ features to enhance the education and actions in our world.