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Debate Score:50
Arguments:36
Total Votes:51
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Is integrating technology into the class room a good idea?

No

Side Score: 24
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Yes

Side Score: 26
2 points

Reminds me of an Isaac Asimov story.

Two children find an ancient books (paper, not digital). It described an ancient classroom - with real live flesh-and-blood teachers! They were so surprised! They were used to being taught in their own homes from robotic teachers.

Side: No
1 point

Slippery slope, one thing leads to another.

Put a computer in a class whats next? Lessons all via the internet, from there who needs a teacher?

Side: No

Outsourcing everything to the far east, right?

http://chronicle.com/article/Outsourced-Grading-With/64954/

Side: No
2 points

Funny, this reminds me of an AP Language and Composition Test that I had today...(but shhhh I'm not allowed to talk about it for 2 days ;))

I don't think it's a good idea because, while slippery slope is a fundamental fallacy, it is more than likely that once technology begins to replace and simplify the comprehension prossess, students will try less to produce an equal (to now) amount of work. Obviously this negatively effects both society in the present and the future.

A moderate amount of technology is not dangerous, and rather beneficial: calculators (graphing or scientific), secure online grade reports, and projectors. Calculators are just about the only tool, however, that a student must actually use in a classroom. Technology like cell phones, PDA's, mp3 players, and other devices in a student's hands are actually detrimental to the learning process. They serve as a distraction for the student, and often his or her peers as well. As such, the student may learn only the rudiments of the lesson rather than grasping the concept. The student may learn that the force of gravity= G((Mm/r^2)), but fail to learn that objects in orbit are merely in freefall around a more massive body. Texting their friends in the class "ROTFLOL THE TEACH IS SO DUMMMMM!!!!" is a negative step in the education system.

Side: No
1 point

Did everyone in the state have it on the same friggin day?

I use a lot of debate topics that I pick up from essay questions ;)

Side: No
1 point

Well, I'm in California, but if it's anything like the SAT's (also administered by the Collegeboard monopoly) they timed it so the East Coast takes them at the same time as the West Coast. That's why we took them about 5-6 weeks before our school actually ends: because the East Coasts' schools' year ends really soon.

Side: No
2 points

Currently, technology is integrated into classrooms in the forms of power point slides or some e-learning lessons. It may be true that teachers can be more efficient in teaching with the availability of these technologies.

However, we must also consider the fact that NOT ALL TEACHERS ARE THAT EFFICIENT. Thus, with the help of these technologies, SOME of the teachers could just give us some ready notes and then present what is written on the notes in the form of power point slides during lesson time. In this case, students could just read the notes at home rather than coming to school and waste their time listening to SOME teachers giving out presentations that put the whole class to sleep.

Side: No

We should go back to bare bones basic. Pencils, paper, listen to the teacher, all wear uniforms, stay quite during classes. Do the homework everyday. NO COMPUTERS<, NO CELL PHONES, and be grateful that we the idiots working hard to own a home are penalized by having to pay taxes so all illegal aliens' children are educated. We should send the bill for education to Mexico.

Side: No
3 points

Children should know how to use technology before they graduate, because it is such a large part of our society. They should learn how to use all types of technology, because they will more than likely need it when they go into the real world and get a job.

Side: yes
DaWolfman(3322) Disputed
1 point

As far as kids go technology shouldn't be integrated into the classroom. See your average kid in todays day and age spends a good portion of his/her day playing video games, watching tv, and surfing the web. You bring computers into the class room and kids begin to lose their need for having a thought process. Why read a book when there are websites that tell you everything you need to know about it?

Technology in the class room is only going to slow kids down, when things become easier the mind thinks slower.

Side: No
brycer2012(1002) Disputed
2 points

I disagree because every classroom at my school has a Promethean board, but that doesn't make us lazy, it just aids us in some tasks. All technology isn't bad, it should just be used in moderation.

Side: yes
casper3912(1581) Disputed
1 point

How does getting information from a website instead of a book stop someone from having a thought process?

When things become easier, harder things can be accomplished. It frees up room in the brain for more complex things.

Side: yes
3 points

we should take full advantage of all the tools available to education. Is a chalkboard a bad idea? the Projector? More advance Technology, when properly implemented, will be as useful, if not more useful, then these old familiar tools which enhance education.

Side: yes
DaWolfman(3322) Disputed
0 points

We should take full advantage of all the tools available to education.

Sure the tools that promote a healthy education. Tools that reduce the need of thought do not, that mainly includes computers.

Is a chalkboard a bad idea

What does a chalkboard have to do with integrating technology into the class room?

the Projector?

Well sure that is no problem, it is when the technology gets more complex that problems start surfacing.

You see when a child totally relies on Microsoft Office to correct any spelling, and grammatical errors the child begins to see a lack of need to know how to spell. Their literacy begins a steady decline, as when they misspell a word a nice convenient red line pops up under the word and they click on it and correct it with a click of the mouse.

When a kid lacks general knowledge of the language he/she speaks, they lack the ability to write. Penmanship drops as the average kid no longer knows the answer to the question : What is mightier than the sword?

The more advanced the technology is the worse it is for a mind in need of molding.

Side: No
casper3912(1581) Disputed
3 points

Computers allow for this debate, a thought intensive activity.

If there is a word you use often, you'll learn how to spell it with Spell Check; its a feedback mechanism. With Spell Check, If you don't use a word often and want to use it but forget how to spell it then you don't need to look it up but only give your best approximation. It saves time, and why remember something your rarely going to use? whats the value in it?

Chalkboards and projectors are older technologies which have been strongly integrated into the class room. They provide immense value. my argument was that all technology, when integrated properly, will likewise provide value.

The more advanced the technology is, the better the tools for molding minds.

Side: yes
3 points

Yes, the term integrating means combining, technology is moving very fast, keeping kids up to date with it can only be a good thing. If it is being integrated I would think it is being used in tandem with more traditional methods.

If children are not being kept up to date with technology in one country, you can be sure, they will be in a different country, and I would guess that the latter would emerge eventually as a more technologically advanced country, given that its people understand it.

What would be most important I believe is to not let it take over from traditional methods but to aid and enhance.

Side: yes
1 point

I don't see the harm in using some technology in the classroom. I think it enhances learning when a teacher can graph a function in calculus and immediately have the graph on a projector screen. Or an English professor can pull up a poem or story on the board without wasting trees or time writing it on the board. However, technology shouldn't completely replace pen and paper. That's just absurd.

Side: yes
DaWolfman(3322) Disputed
1 point

I think it enhances learning when a teacher can graph a function in calculus and immediately have the graph on a projector screen.

Sure the simple technologies are great, it is when complex technologies begin showing up in classrooms that is an issue.

Side: No

Kids love technology and if technology gets them to learn, then technology should be allowed in the classroom.

Side: Yes