Zavar a technológia? - kérdezzük a gyerekeket!

Angolos ötletek - 2012. november 4.

Írta: Prievara Tibor

Érdekes cikket találtam a The New York Times-ban (ITT TALÁLHATÓ). Egy kutatásról szólt, amelyet tanárok körében végeztek, és az derült ki belőle, hogy a diákokat nagyon zavarja a technológia, illetve elvonja a figyelmüket. Szerencsére az újságírók voltak annyira kreatívak, hogy megkérdezték erről a gyerekeket is. A fenti cikkre 17 vélemény érkezett (mivel a The New York Times eléggé kekec, úgy döntöttem, hogy a cikket nem, de a gyerekek véleményét itt, a lapozás után megosztom. Remek angolóra lehet belőle, csak figyleni kell arra, hogy lehet hátránya is az autentikus forrásnak (pl. a distractment szó :) Szóval nézzük át, de aztán érdekes a diákok véleményét megbeszélni. Érdekesség, hogy nagyrészt ők is úgy érzik, hogy a munkában hátráltatja őket a technológia állandó jelenléte ... új frontok nyílnak a tanárok számára :)

1.    1. November 2, 2012 10:22 am Link
Yes, technology is very distracting!
Almost the whole time in class all i think about is “oh i wonder if he texted me back”. So I can honestly say it does get in the way of learning.
— aimee
2.    2. November 2, 2012 10:35 am Link
Yes, because you’re so caught up in the outer world that you don’t care if you’re learning.
Has digital technology shortened your attention span?
• Do you suffer from a “Wikipedia problem”? Are you likely to give up when you can’t find an answer quickly? Yes
• Do you find reality less interesting than what you’re doing and viewing on a screen? It is, because they make everything so much more fun and cool.
• How much time do you spend each day in front of a screen? Most of the time I spend is in front of a screen
• Do you think technology is getting in the way of your ability to write and communicate face to face? It is in a way, because you’re more likely to text or message how you feel than face to face telling them how you feel.
• Is technology distracting you from your homework? Yes, because you’re more concerned about watching a show, texting, or listening to music.
— Kailey
3.    3. November 2, 2012 10:36 am Link
so many kids these days are lacking social skills because they are stuck in the house playing on there phone,video games,computer ect. everyone needs to learn to be more social and go outside more,its not food that just makes us unhealthy. its the lack of movment that we do to.
— sam
4.    4. November 2, 2012 10:41 am Link
Technology is a huge distraction from any work or school work. Laptops, T.V, cellphones and any apple products are the main products people get distracted by. In my personal experience I waste so much time on my technological devices and when I realize that I have work and I never finish what I intended to do.
— Taylor Liber
5.    5. November 2, 2012 11:03 am Link
I think technology is a distractment to almost everyone no matter what you are doing. I turn my phone off when studying and doing homework cause it gives me a huge distractment and i cant get focused. When i do have my phone on while im studying i constantly go on the internet or talk to my friends and then I end up forgetting what I studied because im more focused on my phone. I think having phones in school is fine but every year phones become more useful in different classes, the hallway, studyhalls etc. I dont believe this is helping students with their academics and classes so if teachers are so worried about it then they should only let phones be used outside of class.
— Kelby Yb period 4
6.    6. November 2, 2012 12:36 pm Link
I think that technology does get in the way of our schoolwork because technology is fun and interesting to most and school is boring to some. It’s more of a priority of what you can focus on. I could pay attention to my TV screen all day because it’s fun and interactive while some people tune out teachers when they talk and talk and sometimes don’t give students the chance to interact with whatever they are teaching. I believe that if there was a way to make school twice as fun as it is now, a lot of students would be able to focus and get a lot more work done.
— Justin
7.    7. November 2, 2012 12:38 pm Link
Technology is only a distraction to the amount you take it, The main problem people find with distraction and technology is pretty much showing restraint, As much as it might pain you, its very easy to delete a facebook, or block out a video game, and turning off a phone to get your work done. Technology also provides us with tools that help our learning, easy ways to sort our information and find essential facts. Its not the technology that needs to change, people just need to learn how to balance out their time more effeciently.
— Mitch
8.    8. November 2, 2012 12:40 pm Link
Technology has many uses when dealing with education. It is true that it can be distracting for some, but it offers so many resources at our finger tips. I think that most people will agree with me when I say that technology should be allowed in the schools, just with a limit/filter so no one would be tweeting instead of researching. All in all, the uses are worth the (potential) sacrifice of attention spans.
— Girard
9.    9. November 2, 2012 12:41 pm Link
Technology does make an impact on our learning. However, this is mainly decided by the rules our parents set for us. My parents only let me watch tv and use the computer on weekends. This is good because during the week, I can focus on my homework and grades. My parents also gave me text block, so I can’t text my friends. It can be annoying to not text, but it also helps me stay focused, so I don’t have to worry about my friends replying. So yes, technology does impact our focus, if you don’t have rules set by your parents.
— Blake
10.    10. November 2, 2012 12:48 pm Link
Yes, I think technology is distracting. I spend a lot of my time on the computer or on my phone. It really gets in the way of homework beacuse you lose track of time and its just more interesting then doing homework. Especially when you have homework to do on a computer, its hard not to go look at other websites. I think people use technology instead of doing work beacause its so much more interesting. its nothing like youre real life. thats why technology is so distracting.
— Tori
11.    11. November 2, 2012 12:48 pm Link
Technology is not distracting me from my homework. I know this because I always go over what I have to do for homework after school. I think about if I have homework and if I have any tests to study for. I usually close the door when I do my homework so can’t be distracted from the TV or music.
— Ellen
12.    12. November 2, 2012 3:04 pm Link
Technology has not decreased my attention span since I strive to concentrate on one task at a time. I try not to use the internet while I am studying or doing my homework. But I use it when it is required in my homework, or if I need help. I do not suffer the “Wikipedia Problem” because I like to confirm the information that source gives me to other sites to make sure it is correct. But, whenever I use Wikipedia or sites like it, I only use it to get a brief overview or or if I have a small question. Because of this, I spend around two to three hours on the internet. I think technology is getting my way of speaking face-to-face and writing. I normally do not care about my spelling or grammar when I chat with my friends online and frequently use short hand. This affects how I write in school. Furthermore, it is also easier to chat with someone than to talk to them directly since you do not have to face them. This can impact social life and ability to speak to others. From time to time, technology does distract me from completing my homework. Sometimes, I start searching up deviantART or wallpapers. Or if I am chatting with my friend about homework, we might go off tangent and start talking about something else completely unrelated. Finally, I am more interested in reality since it is how my surroundings and myself impact and shape my future. I also enjoy doing things like painting, drawing, dancing, and flying a kite than surfing on the internet . One cannot do all of that with technology. There is a limit on what one can do with technology, but there is no limit in reality. That is why reality is much more interesting to me.
— Asha A.
13.    13. November 2, 2012 3:51 pm Link
I use technology all the time. I always have my phone with me and usually have my kindle. I don’t think that it distracts me from my schoolwork or anything else. I try to utilize technological resources to help me with things, but when necessary I can shut everything down and focus. Using technology actually helps people with work from other activites. I can read on my kindle. I’m artistically challenged so I can use computer programs. Using technology is fine when utilized correctly.
— MaggieK09
14.    14. November 2, 2012 3:53 pm Link
I personally think that technology has not affected my communication skills with people in real life. I enjoy being on the internet and other things in technology, but I continue to treasure the communication with people in real life and face to face.
— Serena
15.    15. November 3, 2012 11:29 am Link
Is technology distracting you from your homework?
Technology is a distracting but helpful aspect of our life. I can agree that technology is distracting while doing homework because of what we can do on the internet from just opening up your email a few moments later a sound comes saying that someone has chatted you, which now you are not paying attention and talking to someone who is also not doing what they are supposed to be doing. There is no end on what you can do on the internet from one website to another the cycle continues.
But students who utilize technology and use it for homework dot fall under this category because they are using technology in a way that is helpful to themselves.
— Damini M
16.    16. November 3, 2012 3:03 pm Link
Technology may get in the way of some peoples learning but I try my best to limit myself to gadgets. Technology hasn’t shortened my attention span even though it’s all around me. I tend to use my computer while I do my homework but I keep myself limited to a certain amount of time on the computer. Some kids may be facing the “Wikipedia Problem” but I do not because I use it for little reference or just to gain some general knowledge. I strive to do my best at all times and try to accomplish everything that is given to me. Reality is what is real so there is no point in believing what technology makes up. I spend around two hours of my day in front of a screen. This is includes my homework that requires Internet or typing as well as social communication with friends and family. Some kids take advantage of the time they are given to do their homework and they begin to chat online; they end up not doing their homework and stay up until very late. I get distracted some times and end up chatting with friends. When I do I have a tendency to use abbreviations and short forms. This could get in the way of writing at school and more formally in essay. It also gets in way when needed to speak face to face with someone but it helps when you don’t want to face someone when you are speaking to them. Technology does not distract me personally but affects many around the world.
— Avni M
17.    17. November 3, 2012 5:13 pm Link
Digital attention does not shorten my attention span. No I have never suffered from a Wikipedia problem. No I never give up so i have never given up when I cannot find an answer quickly. I find reality more or less the same as what I am doing or viewing on a screen. I spend ten minutes to a hour each day in front of a screen. No I do not think technology is interfering with my ability to write and communicate face to face. Sometimes, its just easier to talk to friends who live in the next town. No technology is not distracting me from my homework. I always do my written homework first. I always do my online homework last. I always start my homework the minute I get home
— Jesse B