I’ve been chewing on a lot of technology lately and thinking about how it affects our day-to-day lives. A lot of us have our phones set to vibrate at certain times, we text every day, we use our computers as if they have a mind of their own. It’s all a part of our daily routines, but I think it also comes at a cost.
How much is your smartphone worth? If you answered less than $100, you’re probably missing a lot of the benefits that modern technology has to offer. One of the biggest drawbacks of your digital device is that it can only transmit information to you at a frequency that you control. We are living in a world where we are constantly connected 24/7. Every second a person is online, there’s a world of information coming at them.
That is why cell phones are such a useful way to stay in touch with family and friends. But they have also become a conduit for crime and terrorism. This is an issue that needs to be tackled with new technology. The latest “smart” phone is a great example. You can now send your location to your phone via your geolocation feature and then your phone will share that information with any phone within 50-100 feet.
This really is a good example of how new technology makes things better. If you can now use your phone to connect with others in your vicinity without giving away your location, then that allows you to be more aware of what’s going on in your neighborhood. That’s good, because with the advent of smart phones, we now have the ability to send information to each other without any other person knowing. And that’s a good thing.
The downside is that it requires you to be more aware of your surroundings. If you are in a new city and you have no cell phone, you are going to be less aware than if you were in a city that has a cell phone. This isn’t a new problem, but it is more prevalent.
You can see this in the world of education, where kids learn by interacting with their peers. Its easy to see where the concept of peer learning becomes corrupted by the popular notion of peer pressure. While we think of peer learning as a part of the educational process, it is really a method of reinforcing the idea that you need to spend class time making friends with other students. However, the reality is that you cannot use this method to reach your goals without a reliable way to interact with your peers.
Today, the most popular method for teaching is the so called “tutor model”. It is one of the few methods that is not only safe, but actually effective. It works because it builds a relationship between the teacher and the student, in order to help the student learn. The student is then able to learn by interacting with their peers and the teacher. The teacher then works with the student to develop their ability to learn.
I am not saying that there isn’t value in tutoring. I am just saying the model is not always effective and in some cases, the opposite is true. For example, in my own tutoring sessions, I often find that students are very reluctant to share their thoughts or ideas with me because they feel they are being watched. This is not something that I want to encourage as a teacher.
I don’t know about you guys, but sometimes I feel like I’m in the middle of a reality show. My students are in the classroom and I’m in the classroom and we are each other’s competition, we’re each other’s nemesis, and we’re each other’s nemesis’ nemesis. It’s usually only when I mention the word “teaching” that the students seem to be interested.
Well, that is the beauty of technology. It’s so simple to use and so incredibly powerful. It allows you to create your own artificial reality, where you can do whatever you want. Most of us are pretty good at ignoring this because it is a little scary, but it’s just as scary if you are the one in charge.