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Jonathan Danieli
December 10, 2012
English 100-15
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Capilano University

Technology and Education: A Peculiar Generation
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The "New" Normal

Has technology changed the way we learn? (Carr) As a generation that is constantly connected to one another with our smart phones, laptops and social networking sites, we are slowly experiencing a change in the way that children nowadays learn. Technology is something that constantly powers the wheels of time and moves people forward, but has it gone too far? Older generations have begun to believe that it has changed the way our younger generations think and therefore how they learn. Most children do not read books cover to cover anymore; they spend their time on their iPods and read up on movies and books online. They spend countless hours a week staring at a screen (whether it be the computer, their phone or the TV) and the social connections that used to be established are being replaced by technologic hangouts. Websites such as Facebook and Twitter connect people around the world, and companies, such as, Samsung and Apple release phones that not only can call people, but also file your taxes and check bank statements. These futuristic devices and systems that drive our world forward nowadays are good for business, and they help make life a bit easier. However they also divide generations, as the kids of today cannot make the same contact they once could with the generations of yesterday. The main query being asked by scientists and concerned parents nowadays is “Is technology making our children smarter? (Wakefield) (Do Smart Devices Make Smart Kids?) Or more reliant on technology?” Is it too late for our generation, or is this advancement of technology a part of life and something that should be fully embraced by all generation, past and present?

The average teenager spends roughly 31 hours on Internet per week (The Telegraph) and even more time on electronic devices such as mobile phones, e-readers, iPods and TV. As a generation that has been raised in front of screens, these numbers are common, as it is what “Generation D” is used to. The parents and elder generations however cannot seem to wrap their minds around this fact. The digital age is upon us and it is quite evident we will never go back to the old analog ways. This 31 hours on the Internet spent is usually browsing Facebook or Twitter and keeping up with local information with other social networking sites. The amount of time-spent learning however is under scrutiny, as technology can be used efficiently to teach this digital generation, but is it doing so? Has the countless hours spent in front of the glowing screen caused our generation to learn at a different rate? Or has it caused attention spans to shorten, creative processes to diminish and create millions of constantly distracted teenagers. (Lemon) As a teenager myself I am constantly bombarded with thousands of distractions, whether it be a friend that is texting me or the internet that is always seeming to be calling my name. Some days it feels like sitting at a computer with the intention to do homework instead of browsing the web is like being confined in a jail cell. Constant distractions and the need for social interaction plague the homework of this generation, so its no wonder that the best advice teachers give these days for studying is for distracted students to “turn off your laptop”. The amount of time spent on the web can be used for good however, as learning resources, online classes and instructional videos are plentiful. However, breaking the habit of being distracted by the net and using it for only educational purposes is something that needs to be learned and regulated.

The Digital Generation

As a child I learned to read and write from a teacher, who instructed me how to draw animals, what color the sky was and other rudimentary skills. Not to say that kindergarten teacher’s jobs are at stake; but could the future of learning and education be on a screen? Children nowadays are being raised with smartphones and tablets in their hands and as they grow up these tendencies and childhood memories mean they are more likely to gravitate towards online learning (Brown). As a technologically friendly individual I find that I can create written work much faster on a computer, and I also find that the amount of work I get done grows when I use my computer rather than the old-school pencil and paper method. Inferring from the fundamentals in my university experience, a great deal of my coursework and submissions is online and I am constantly in contact with my professors via email. Any outstanding information I need can be found with a quick Google search, and any information I want to use is there for me, so long as I cite my sources. These fundamentals in my university experience would have proven very difficult for me if I were not comfortable with technology. (Kumar) However a question that rises in my own mind is “am I receiving less education then before”, what I mean by this is did my father and his father before him receive the same caliber of teaching when they attended university? In a time where you cannot succeed without a post-secondary education, is learning online something that is helping me along or holding me back? One thing that is known for sure is that the generations did much more work than I do nowadays. When they had to research a topic they interviewed local experts and scoured massive libraries for the answer to their queries. My generation on the other hand already has that information almost instantaneously, and is blogging about it or sharing it to their profile while they do their homework thanks to the World Wide Web.

The access to information that we have nowadays is massive, and most of it is because of the advancements in technology and education. Our learning curve has been dramatically increased however, as learning with technology is much more intellectual than ever before. Although thanks to Google and other search engines our research is much easier, more and more has to be taught in order for students to be able to use the internet to learn more effectively. This means that people that are not a part of Generation D and/or people who struggle with the computer need to learn how to learn using technology in order to achieve a higher standard of learning. This is a sad fact as the elder generations are not as tech-savvy as the young ones, and are falling behind. Watching my father attempt to program his iPhone 4s is like watching a chimp try to solve a Rubik’s Cube, and yet he is expected to know the phone inside and out in order to complete his work. Older generations however have noticed this rift between the old and young, and they are starting to take charge and try to catch up. Many community colleges and universities now offer courses to learn how to use your new android phone, or how to setup your home Wi-Fi and configure your computer. The older generations are learning how learn in order to fit into society, something that has never taken place before. The young are now leading the old towards a world filled with technology and the old are taking notes.

Social Media, Technology and You

There is no doubt that technology and social media have completely changed the way we have learned and take in information (Al-Deen). From using Google to find any information we need, to looking up our professors online before registering for a course (Check out Here). All this change in our learning and educational systems has happened so quickly and displaced people who cannot keep up with the learning curve. But as a student and citizen living in the age of technology, this is something that needs to happen. Change is inevitable; just as people started to change from reading from scrolls and writing with quills to fountain pens and typewriters. Technology within the educational system is the same type of change and although it offers just as many benefits to society as it does problems it is something that cannot be avoided. The same goes for social media, the bane of every high school student’s homework life. Although it seems that social media is bringing more distraction to the table then any actual benefits, social groups and websites are not going to go away. Using these websites and the new technology in order to benefit your scholastic experience and boost your learning curve is something that is easily done as long as these tools are used correctly. Not to say that there is anything wrong with kicking back and watching a couple YouTube documentaries to get some relaxation, but using this new information correctly is entirely up to the user. As with most things in life, the rule “everything in moderation” applies to technology and social media within the educational system. Using these tools to get ahead and to better ones education is something that they can be easily accomplished, but being aware and careful of the consequences of using them inappropriately is something that also is a must. Raising “Generation D” is something that no parent has ever had to go through until now, and I believe that because of technology our learning will never be the same again. So where does this leave you, the reader? How will you use technology and social media in the future? However before you answer that question take into consideration this simple fact: you hold your future in your own hands, and with the proper usage of technology within your education, the sky is the limit.

Works Cited

Al-Deen, Hana S. Noor. Social Media: Usage and Impact. New York: Rowman & Littlefield, 2011.
Brown, Cathy. Do children learn better using computers? 1998. 27 November 2012 <>.
Carr, Nicholas. "Is Google Making Us Stupid?" July 2008. The Atlantic. 6 December 2012 <>.
Jackson, Nicholas. "Infographic: How the Internet Is Changing the Way We Learn." 18 April 2011. The Atlantic. 19 November 2012 <>.
Kumar, M.S. Vijay. "The New Landscape For The Innovative Transformation Of Education." Social Research 79.3 (2012): 619-630.
Lemon, Alex. Is technology ruining our ability to think? 12 October 2010. 27 November 2012 <>.
The Telegraph. "Teenagers 'spend an average of 31 hours online'." 10 February 2009. The Telegraph. 27 November 2012 <>.
Wakefield, Jane. "Do Smart Devices Make Smart Kids?" 6 July 2012. BBC News Technology. 6 December 2012 <>.