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Brittney Stewart

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An emphasis on technology actually reduces the amount of learning.

Some of the leaders of Google and Silicon Valley are sending their children to schools that are bereft of technology. Their children use pen and paper and are surrounded by books at school. Technology is seen as a tool that would hamper the learning process rather than enhance it.

It seems to qualify itself when the engineers of these products and ideas would prefer their children not be exposed to technology until they're in 8th grade and beyond.


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    Oct 26 2011: It's true. Using technology further scatters our brains and makes us think we can "multitask" when, in fact, we really cannot. I watched a video in my Electronic Multimedia and Society class last year about technology in classrooms. The video is called: "Digital Nation: Life on the Digital Frontier" and the link: (http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/pages/frontline/digitalnation/)there was a topic brought up about a Stanford (or Harvard) study done with students who thought they could multitask.
    The study proved that even though the students thought they could multitask well (read while watching TV or listening to music; or read while facebooking and listening to music) they, in fact, could not.

    It's smart for the technology leaders to do this because kids today, in some well-off schools, provide their elementary students with iPads. It's great to learn these technologies when you're at a young age so you'll be well-off and familiar with the technology when you're older; at the same time, it opens up this Pandora's Box of chaos that can ultimately affect the child's learning capacity, ability and maybe even creativity.

    At that age, their mind is still developing and I believe that is why a large number of kids these days are ADD or have ADHD. They sit for hours at the computer, playing games of various sorts, browsing their favorites social media site and probably listening to music and or reading while they're doing it. But I digress...

    I remember when I was a child, I had Legos to play with. I felt like I was an engineer of sorts, because I would very seldom build according to the instructions. I loved to see what I could create with just my imagination. I would build spaceships or rockets or boats or cars just with what I had.
    I think children and young adults are hampered by their computers or gadgets because it requires a heavy time investment on our part to keep up with the tec

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