It is making us dumber, yes, because it is conditioning us to use all these technology without reflecting on why we are using these tools resulting in the idea that we don’t really need to process all this content because it is accessible somewhere on-line. At least, this is what I think.
Some of us who hold a PhD in Instructional Systems, where we are academically trained to implement computer technology and strategies for classroom delivery. In fact, I have done my fair share of knowledge sharing and research in this area on national and international conferences and academic journals in education technology. I can say with authority that implementing all these technologies in schools without doing a 360 degree assessment of the students and their contemporary circumstances is simply irresponsible and can make them dumber, from the stance of Crystallized IQ.
Students will rarely choose to pay attention in class if they are given the opportunity to use technology freely. They will simply go elsewhere on-line. Why? Well, because they are young and youngsters for the most part want to party and get their bodies in shape or have their persona being popular among their peers in order to increase their local and regional Q-Ratio. It is no surprising that students come to class (often late) and even after arriving in class, they start texting as if they were in their dorm rooms. Maintaining all these social media accounts takes time! They are “busy” doing precisely that! Folks, students are trying to post things on twitter to advance their own brands or going to Tumbler to speak with their friends in order to be cool! Do you think that using all these technology in the classroom will change that? Of course not. Who are we trying to fool here? Let’s get real — When you were 19, did you prefer to do school work or party? Did you prefer to get in shape and look good or do homework? I am not anti-technology. I am for truth and against error.
With very few exceptions, young adults would rather play than study regardless of the tools they are giving in class. When I was their age, I did the same thing. Didn’t you? Why is technology going to make this undeniable fact different? It won’t be different. Despite the absurd influx of technology in our society, the ways that human beings operate and behave are very predictable. I honestly think that technology is dumbing us down and we are allowing this to happen with the believe that technology can solve every problem. technique will never solve all problems. This is a typical belief of citizens of a technopoly.
Lack of information processing through practice is in fact making us dumber as students perceive that the internalization of factual knowledge and principles for problem solving to be secondary to one’s abilities to find information on a search engine. Although the former is an important method of solving problems, the over reliance on such methods is dangerous and to a high degree quite childish. Can you imagine going to a physician and having him or her tell you back, “Oh… you have a head ache? Let me check on google and see what is wrong with you.”
What I have seen in my career as a college professor is that no matter how much technology we adopt in the classroom… Students will always chose the easier route to get the “A” grade without wanting to do the work and enjoying all the technology we give them to update and advance their own images on-line. Technology is a distraction for them, for the most part. Some argue that by engaging students with technology, the former argument is reduced. Obviously, these folks are either not teaching the millennial generation regularly or have alter reasons for implementing all these technology in our classrooms.
Do you want to teach your kid to be a superstar? Make sure your kid understands that it is only through TechnoModeration that he/she will win in life overtime. The secret to success is having the ability to solve problems with technological tools AND having the ability to internalize information along with it. A blank slate full of technology is like being a poet with a tablet without words.