Argument: The use of technology in education can be improved by greater diligence
Argument's parent debate(s)
- Debate archive: Continuing introduction of new technologies and new media adds little to the quality of most education
There is much talk about good and bad technologies for education. This is true. The point here is that this does not make good technologies invalid, and simply places a greater responsibility on educators to make good choices among competing technology to make sure that they are truly taking advantage of beneficial technologies. As one commenter puts it, it "is a matter of how intelligently and cratively [technology] is used, not of its intrinsic inability to deliver."
- Stefano Valenti (online debater). Economist Debate Series: Education. October 18, 2007 - "Although I think that new technologies are no panacea for a teacher's inability to understand and explain concepts to the audience, as well as for their ability to infect students with their passion for their teaching, based on my own personal experience as a learner I must support Dr Kozma's view. Technology makes teaching and learning easier and possibly more productive, just as books do. It doesn't always do that, but this is a matter of how intelligently and cratively it is used, not of its intrinsic inability to deliver."
- marvai (online debater). Economist Debate Series. October 18, 2007 - "Don't blame technology, blame the lack of common sense in using it. Of course it can improve things when used appropriately"
- Granito (online debater). Economist Debate Series: Education. October 18, 2007 - "teachers and professors have not been trained in using the new technologies. Many are made available the tools but few know how to use them. So far the debate has neglected this entirely. New teachers should be taught how new programs are used or can be used for classes and then allowed to choose if they want to use it or not. Once the new generation that is familiar with computers grows up the potential of technology will be fulfilled. Until then it will only grow as fast as teachers can adjust."