Saturday, June 9, 2012

You Are Not a Gadget-- Discussion Question

-Question 1: Seeing students in the classroom today, do you think that technology has a negative effect on their creativity, critical thinking skills, etc, as opposed to previous generations?

I most certainly do not agree with this question. I feel that technology increases students abilities to problem solve, think critically, and create things. Technology now offers so many ways for students to express their creativity and share it with the world. Programs such as Adobe Creative Suite, allow for making websites, design, digital art, photo manipulation and countless other ways for artistic expression. Blogs and other online sites allow for students to create written works as well, and publish them to the world. Programs like iMovie and Windows Movie maker give children the ability to produce high quality film. All of these are available to almost anyone with a computer. That makes it inexpensive and accessible to far more people than ever before. Art supplies are expensive, so are art classes, but online you can create art for free, and search for tutorials for free on YouTube on how to use the programs. I think it is great.

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