COMPUTER AND CHILDREN
Respected pedagogues and my dear friends , as everyone has two facets , both blessing and a curse . i am not at all in favour of my opponent’s knowledgeable notions . in this 21st century of science & modernization , man has won victory over time and space but it has also led to the discovery of the computer whose is a curse to the society , specially children .it is one of the most devastating gadgets inthis contemporary world. so, my dear pals , i’ll be speaking against the motion.
just like there re strangers waiting to give candy to every unsuspected child onthe road ,there are strangers online too , eager to do something. unlike the real world , the strangers can say and be anything online but when a meeting is arranged the truth is on the scales. my dear friends, don’t think bullying can’t be done on net . there hs been a rapid rise in the numbers of teen suicides due to the sake of cyber bullying ,which is a process through which the victim of deceive or dupe is targeted through social networking sites and the person is then treated with the hostile behavior of the swindler.
i firmly repudiate the view that teaching and learning process becomes more intriguing , if it is taught through computers. i ask my opponent that does the classroom teachings becomes lively or sprightly when the teacher is pouring in the details? can a computer give answers to all the querries of the learners ?
no , definetely not, as we have made computers not that computers have made us. so, the featured textbooks are more in consolidating / quenching the thirst of wisdom of young learners.
the online world or the real world is more forgiving than the real world , this is true for those kids , who my lack self esteem & confidence to interct with their real world peers as they didn’t engage in communications with their real world bullied ones sprightly and they are also not able to confront the day to day hindrances waiting for them, at every corner of the rooms of the houses of their lives & they are also not able to combat the daily problems.
on the contrary , i apologitically say that most of the websites are full of crap . some of them are without age restrictions too. children misintendedly see them and want to indulge in those activities but they aren’t suppose to do so. for instance , if someone is on social networking site and singing a song in a video , the child gets fascinated by the video , and starts singing the song without knowing the actual meanings of the words which were coing in between of it . therefore , the child will become abusive and incorrigible , which is very much opprobrious for their parents .
child squanders his precious time and energy in applying distinct tools.in wish to BECOME FASTDIOUS CHILDREN Often become pestered. he forgets solutions of mathematics in finding out the solutions to hang of computer .
on the another hand, we have playing games which re stupenduous that by inducing in it., children just become passive or lethargic looking at the monitor , glaring at the screen silently , straining their nerves. it diminishes physical ctivity and turns the pupils into ‘ couch plump potatoes’.it stunts or retards a child’s natural growthand gifts them with spectacles . what about it mam? it is know , of no secret , that childhood obesity is creeping faster than experts have ever imagined.
but now , the last , but not the least ,i want to ask the audince , ‘can every parents keep watch on their growing ward , when they are browsing the net in their absence ?’ .no, definitely not. is it not causing the erosion of the moral values and ethics in the fields of the future? yes it is .
so, i whole heartedly oppose that computer is a boon for children. it is a big burden onthe tiny shoulders of the school going wailing child which is made to carry small satchel on them.
It will be a tragedy if your article influences other schools not to invest in technology. While other countries are investing in laptops for their students, the United States is in danger of moving backward.
We live in an information age, and it is time for the United States to infuse computing and technology into every aspect of learning.
It will be an even bigger tragedy if developing nations are influenced by our bad example, because these countries have no libraries, books are too expensive and teachers are scarce.
We need children to participate actively in their own learning. Connected, low-cost, rugged laptops are one way to do it.
Cambridge, Mass., May 4, 2007
The writer, the founding director of the M.I.T. Media Laboratory, is the founder and chairman of One Laptop Per Child.
To the Editor:
It’s too bad that students have to take the rap for old-style teachers who are still not comfortable with the computer as an educational tool. Computer-based learning initiatives are not going to take off until teachers are just as excited about them as their students.
Thus, the teachers must be from a very recent generation, those who have grown up with a computer on their laps from early grade school. That time may still be a few years away.
The disappointing increase in reported breakdown of equipment could be related to the type of laptops used at the schools. The freeze/crash/fatal error scenarios common to all Windows-based PCs are almost unheard of with Apple computers and their operating system.
Newton, Mass., May 6, 2007
The writer is a 10th-grade student at Cambridge School of Weston.
To the Editor:
It should come as no surprise that the Liverpool, N.Y., school board president concluded that after seven years “there was literally no evidence” that computers “had any impact on student achievement.”
The good news is that the personal laptops issued by the school didn’t negatively affect student achievement. The bad news is that taxpayers wasted a whole lot of education money providing students with laptops.
There’s a lesson here: Schools and parents must get back to teaching our children the basics instead of resorting to technology to revive our failing education system. We need to teach theory, facts, rules, thought processes and critical thinking first. Only then will students be able to use computers for anything other than entertainment and socialization.
But this requires hard work and discipline by students and parents. You simply can’t substitute easy and fun “stuff” like computers and phonics for the real thing.
The rest of the world’s kids and parents are now busy doing the hard work ... just as we used to do.
Peter J. Hellermann
Huntington, N.Y., May 4, 2007
To the Editor:
Saying that a one-to-one laptop program has no “impact on student achievement” and shows no “measurable effect on grades and test scores” misses the point. These programs were not set up to improve test scores; they were set up to make sure students were comfortable with the ever growing use of technology.
The standardized tests that are being used to measure achievement are not testing computing skills. Most are still given with paper and pencil. I, however, feel that my ability to touch type (keyboard) made me a far more productive student and later professional.
If the test scores are all that matter, yes, get rid of the laptops and spend the money on bringing in a test prep company. If the goal is educating students to be more than test takers, then there might be some value.
New York, May 4, 2007
The writer is director of technology at the Abraham Joshua Heschel School.
To the Editor:
I serve as coordinator of online learning at Iona College. My job is not to teach technology but to help my colleagues make their teaching more effective as they migrate from the traditional lecture to teaching strategies that use online activities.
So when I read in “Seeing No Progress, Some Schools Drop Laptops” that politicians and philanthropists supply computers to schools without also supplying the means to use them in pedagogically productive ways, I understood why educators are “flummoxed about how best to integrate the new gadgets into curriculums.”
At all levels of education we need to shift our focus from technology to pedagogy to ensure that teachers and students are able to use computers and the Internet in educationally effective ways.
The true digital divide is no longer between those who have computers and those who don’t, but between those who can use them effectively and those who can’t.
Politicians and philanthropists who pay for expensive online technology can help bridge this gap by supporting the development of methods for using this technology to enhance teaching and learning. Then they will get what they pay for.
James E. Giles
New Rochelle, N.Y., May 4, 2007
To the Editor:
I am sure that your reporter wrote and edited her article using a computer (a laptop?), kept in touch with her co-workers and editor through e-mail, and published her article online for New York Times readers all over the world.
Shouldn’t our students be afforded the same important technological tools if they decide that they, too, want to grow up to be a reporter?
Irving, Tex., May 6, 2007