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Debate: Should students rely on technology for their homework?

Today, students use ipods, ipads, phones, laptops, and different tablets to use the internet to help them with their homework. Don't know a word? Google it. Don't know the answer to this math problem? Use a calculator. And so on. Does this make sense?

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  • Oct 25 2012: When you ask "should" they, are you asking whether it is beneficial for them to do so or whether it is morally right for them to do so?

    Although I am not sure that this is a sensible question to ask. If it makes completing their homework easier then they will use technology. It is pretty hard (especially with the pressure to get the grades on assignments etc) to get a student to see that this is not going to benefit them long term.

    Perhaps instead we should be asking why, when the world we live in has changed so dramatically, we are teaching the same things and in the same manner as our parents were taught? Perhaps we need a revolution in the way we teach to keep pace with the world, rather than suggesting the kids play by the old rules. For example, find ways to minimise the effectiveness of using technology.

    Interestingly I read recently that they are introducing more coursework to some curricula in the UK, which of course is far more vulnerable to the use of technology. I guess employers that wish to hire those most capable of using google will be able to rely on the grades.

    Of course, a really radical solution would be to inspire the kids so that they want to learn but perhaps that is a separate discussion.

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