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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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    Nov 13 2012: Ponder this When you are not in school a kid or working you use any and all technology to do any and all tasks. wE ARE NOT TEACHING CURRENT LEVEL REAL WORLD HOW TO OUR KIDS! So lets allow any and all tech to be used in all forms at all levels in education even in when taking a test! Do this in the USA and YOU TELL ME WHAT THIS GENERATION WILL ACHIEVE!
    BTW I am Dyslexic as is my oldest son we were destroyed by the current system!
    • Nov 14 2012: Fred,

      I agree with you that in the workforce we have many resources available to use that we might not have had while in the classroom. The fact of the matter is that the classroom is a learning environment and not a real-world environment. Think about your classroom experiences for a moment, and compare them to your work environment. Do you currently have the opportunity to guess, contemplate or question your answers. I doubt you do because you are expected to have learned a certain set of skills by the time you are employed. The classroom is, or should, be a place of exploration and questioning.

      When we deploy every piece of available technology we begin to diminish basic problem solving abilities in our children. Why think about it when I can just looking it up on Google or IM my buddy? Why actually learn math skills when I plug the numbers into my machine and watch the graphs appear? There is no need to learn to plot these graphs myself. I know many people see this as a waste of time, but these core skills are what teach our students how to solve problems, and letting technology do it for them is making them dumber.

      As it relates to your specific issue, Fred, the system failed you. Your special learning needs should have been addressed by your individual educators. There is simply nothing else to be said about it. It has nothing to do with the use of technology, but rather the failure of your educators to notice an issue and manage it.
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        Nov 14 2012: On Wed, Nov 14, 2012 at 6:15 PM, Charles Frederick wrote:
        When a student is asked to solve a problem or writing essay or read a book
        if they used all available technology they still do come up with the answer
        they still have to read the question-and-answer and with the technology the
        questions and the problems could get much more difficult therefore the basic
        elements and fundamentals will be learned in a format but much faster and their
        ability to solve much more complicated problems a much earlier age will be
        obviously enhance

        It still amazes me that in this day and age the resistance of society to
        utilize the next level of our evolution is so so resisted and entrenched in people like yourself
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        Nov 14 2012: Also the kids are board to death in the current ed system because they use these devices at home and at school the are forced to use a hammer and chisel to write with.

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