Dangers of Technology in Education

Sasaki, Lori

ET

Ravitch, D. (2017, December 29). 5 Risks Posed by the Increasing Misuse of Technology in Schools. EdSurge. Retrieved from https://www.edsurge.com/news/2017-12-29-5-risks-posed-by-the-increasing-misuse-of-technology-in-schools?utm_source=EdSurgeLive&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=01-10-18&mkt_tok=eyJpIjoiTkRaallUWm1PVFkzTlRBeiIsInQiOiJXQ1wvRU1ZNUVDUEwzdGxoN1pxU2dnRnRoS21GUUVoWDhFWFFQMTZvbE5HWTZNMjlBQTk2NVl3enZOcTRNbnMrYUJcL09LVWJCWXFFWU5mbVVHWEQ5RGRJMWlsdUJZSUdXeHh6TVVBWSs1dzNsd2JVejRNME5STHRadHNEbzZNTmlpIn0%3D

In this article, Ravitch addresses potential impacts of misuse of technology in schools. She acknowledges the creativity and inspiration that teachers can have using technology, but places the blame on the tech industry for not doing enough to counter the fears of an increasingly tech-centric, impersonal, cost-driven education.

This article was a good reminder about the powers ($) and hidden agenda behind the proliferation of technology. With the rapid rise in the ubiquitous nature of technology, it is easy to forget dangers such as eroding student privacy and an increasing reliance on computerized assessments. There are definitely companies profiting greatly off of the incorporation of technology into every facet of education, and this article is an important caution flag to consider technology in the context of all that we value in an education.

Mining Data

Harman, Sheila
IL
Zeide, E. (2016). 19 Times Data Analysis Empowered Students and Schools: Which Students Succeed and Why?.
Schools have always held a wide range of data about our children and families: Name, address, names of parents or guardians, date of birth, grades, attendance, disciplinary records, eligibility for lunch programs, special needs and the like are all necessary for basic administration and instruction. Teachers and school officials use this information for lots of reasons, including to assess how well students are progressing. This article makes the case that this data, and all the info generated is super useful. She notes that the tools are at our fingertips and it is up to us to use the info to guide our most needy students. and monitor educator biases. Online tools give students access to vast libraries of resources and allow them to collaborate with classmates or even peers around the world. Some of these online tools also give teachers and parents the ability to access and evaluate student work.

Rating:  This is a clearly written review of some powerful, albeit private, data that is used for the improving student performance. She shows graphs and examples

TED Talks Education

Karen Rogers

ET
CA
CO

TED. (2013, May 11). TED Talks Education. Retrieved July 13, 2016, from

Summary:  This video has a plethora of educators, Bill Gates, psychologists, and students who talk about educational theory, new ways of looking at curriculum and assessment, and how to improve our teaching.  The speakers talk about the importance of relationships, inquiry, perseverance, how to motivate students, and ways to help teachers improve.

Review:  The video is incredibly empowering and inspiring.  It encourages teachers to change their traditional mindset and take some risks in education.  It talks about the problems faced in education and ways to improve them.  It talks about the importance of building up student confidence and passion for knowledge being even more important than talent.  I think it is something all people in education should watch before starting the school year.

The Kinds of Grading Mistakes that Haunt Students

Amy Jessica McMillan
CA

Heick, T. (2014, September 21). The kinds of grading mistakes that haunt studentsTe@chthought. Retrieved from http://www.teachthought.com/teaching/kinds-grading-mistakes-haunt-students/

Summary
Blogger Terry Heick makes a strong case for the harm caused by our traditional grading system. According to Heick, letter grades are motivating for two types of students: 1) Students who see themselves as smart and like to work for grades as rewards, and 2) Students who hate school and only keep their GPA up in order to participate in extracurricular activities. Therefore, says Heick, “They [grades] don’t work for anyone.” In other words, our grading system does nothing to promote learning. Heick lists some common mistakes teachers make with grading, such as grading too much, highlighting the weaknesses instead of potentials for growth, waiting too long to grade, and not using the data. Finally, Heick argues that grades are really the teachers’ “best guesses” and that our system needs to radically change in order to be more student centered and supportive of actual learning.

Evaluation
This blog post is part of an ongoing discussion about problems with our traditional grading structure. Yes, letter grades have been problematic for a very long time. Currently, I see students who just want A’s regardless of the quality of their work or the effort they put into it. This causes top students to avoid taking risks as they try to regurgitate what they think the teacher wants. That behavior is anathema to learning. On the other end of the spectrum, students who continuously receive D’s and F’s reasonably decide to give up because they can’t see a way to possibly be successful. Letter grades do not support their growth as learners. While Heick doesn’t have a solution to our current grading dilemma, he does give very useful suggestions about how to work within our current system.