Wednesday, February 22, 2006

Technology overload...


Someone made a comment today that made me think. She said, loosely paraphrased, "Why do we have to use all of this technology?" My defense was that I wanted to introduce you guys to technology that I thought you would eventually use in college or in the workplace.

So, what do you think? Is it overload? Of the tools we have used- blog, wiki, discussion board (moodle), turnitin.com, video editing, online quizzes, online storage, electronic peer editing, pocket pc, laptops,.... whew it is a lot- what do you honestly believe will be helpful in the future? What do you think is a waste? Don't just try to be funny- be honest so I can assess what we might pursue next year.

40 comments:

Adamk1 said...

I am not much of a technology person but since you have introduced me to these many new things i believe next year I will use them to do my work. However, I do not like this blogspot because i continually forget about it, and i don’t see myself using it in the future. Also I do not like the pocket pc because it is just another thing that i have to keep up with, and i don’t think i have used it more than a couple of times.

ally irwin said...

Okay so I definitely don't think it's an overload. I think the stuff we are learning will be very helpful in college. And I'm glad you're introducing it to us! Most colleges have blogs and use turnitin.com. So why not practice using them now? Laptops are probably going to be a very big part of out lives for the next four years so I like using them.

ColeT3 said...

I think everything we have done regarding technology has been alright, except for the E-note cards. I could have done it the way we normally have, but no, we must integrate some more technology. This is one case where it was more difficult and time consuming to do e-note cards rather than just plain notecards. So, as a result, i did one of them, and it took too long so i quit. Now i have two sources and have to write a four page paper in one night, and also get 4 more sources. I love English!!!!!!!!!!!

jonathann6 said...

I have always thought that teachers never took advantage of technology when they should, especially in math class, when something could be easily explained on a computer program on a 1-day trip to the lab, instead of trying to read the definition in the book or get a teacher's wordy explanation. Students need to be engaged in their studies to understand the subject completely. Right now, technology is the best way to get engaged and other teachers need to realize that. Most of the things that we have done on the computer in your class have been beneficial for our education in this ever-changing-almost-technologically-dependent society. All of the technology isn't necessary, but most of it is beneficial.

AshtonH1 said...

I think the idea of pursuing technology is a good idea, yet it should have its limits. I do not enjoy the idea of electronically peer editing research papers. I think that doing it the old fashion way of pen and paper is much more effective and time-saving. I would rather look at the handwritten corrections then having to compare the two drafts. Also, the pocket PC hasn't turned out like I thought it would have. I don't see a practical use for them other than in the business world. I do however think this blogging idea is a good thing because it enables students to see what others think about the class as a whole. All in all the idea of technology is a good idea, yet should have its limits in school related projects.

kevino1 said...

I HATE EVERY PIECE OF NEW TECHNOLOGY STUFF THAT WE DO IN THIS CLASS! it doesn't make anything easier and it just makes a lot more trouble for me! I really can't stand the blog spot because i keep on forgeting to write in it...WHY CANT WE GO BACK TO THE 10 SPOT!!!!!....and the pocket pc's....just dont get me started with that!!

andrewp1 said...

I enjoy using technology, but I hate the pocket pc. At first I thought that it would be so cool and helpful to use, but I've lately realized that it is basically, a waste of space. Its access to the internet is sometimes difficult to decode or even get working in the first place, and setting up the keyboard is impossible to master. I understand that it may be useful to some people, but to me it is too high tech and useless.

JackEM1 said...

I really like your technology applications in the classroom, and I think that you should continue to introduce us to new technology. All of my former English teachers have been technologically slow and the internet was a big deal. Thank you Mrs. C

christ1 said...

The technology we have used this year has been pretty helpful to my understanding as a whole. The only thing I'm unsure about is the wiki space. I don't know how to sign in, or really what I'm suppose to do when i get there. Is it for points? Is it required? That's the only one I'm confused about.

GigiR1 said...

I think all the exposure we have had over the past couple of months has been very beneficial. As we can all witness, technology has become an enormous aspect of American lives and is growing increasingly everyday. As young adults, I believe we need to stay up to date with technology, especially considering we're all about to enter an entirely new and different stage of our lives. Thank you!

sallyc1 said...

I think it is very helpful to use laptops and pocket pcs because I think those machines will be widely used in college. However, I think all the online storage, blog, and wiki are all useless because there is no way a professor could assign those and check them because most college classes are so big. Turnitin.com and online quizzes are probably a useful tool because these are convenient ways for college students to do work.

ElliottM3 said...

I agree with Kevin: "I HATE EVERY PIECE OF NEW TECHNOLOGY STUFF THAT WE DO IN THIS CLASS! it doesn't make anything easier and it just makes a lot more trouble for me! I really can't stand the blog spot because i keep on forgeting to write in it...WHY CANT WE GO BACK TO THE 10 SPOT!!!!!....and the pocket pc's....just dont get me started with that!!"

austinm1 said...

I'm just trying to get used to using all this technology now so it won't be such a big surprise to me in college and thereafter. Sometimes it is convenient (online storage), but other times I like the old school paper copy in my hand (electronic peer editing). To answer the question, if we only use the practical stuff then it won't be an overload. Pocket PC's aren't practical for most high school students.

calliek3 said...

I think it is very important to learn how to use all the techonolgy because that is our future. Everyday there are new technological advances and also by the time we are in the work space it will be very advanced in the technology and if you do not know how to use it you will be left behind.

Mitchell M 6 said...

I think using all of this technology is good because we will be introduced to even more of it and college. It is completing changing everything we do and the more we know how to use it the better off we will be.

Leeb3 said...

I don't think it is an overload at all. I love technology and I am glad that I finally am in an English class that uses it. It is a great way to prepare for college.

lillyb5 said...

I am not a technology person, so everything we have done with technology has been challenging for me. I would rather not use technology, but I do think it might be helpful at college. I agree with Ashton, it should definatly have its limits!

VirginiaB5 said...

I personally like using all of this technology. It makes things a lot easier and it keeps me more organized. I also love learning how to you use new types of technology.

HannonK6 said...

Okay, i feel that the use of technology is great but it is much of an overload when it comes to certain things. I feel that the laptops are great, and that we are all use to using them and so on. But, the constant introduction of websites that we have to sign up for or use is a bit too much. And, when we ask questions in class you don't answer them you just say refer to the blog.

SamM5 said...

I agree with Ashton. I think it's awesome that you are taking advantage of available technological resources but there are some instances, like in peer reviewing where it is either to go the old fashioned way, though I appreciate the blogging.

DorieF5 said...

I agree that we should get used to using technology now, but I agree with Ashton, it does need to have some limits. Like we never used that moodle thing, and it had way too many issues when we were trying to sign up anyways. Wiki, I don't even know what that is, even after you gave us that long discussion about it. The bottom line, is that turnitin.com is useful and online quizzes and storage and stuff, but only to a certain amount. Then, I just kind of get sick of it and over loaded. that's just me though. thanks b-cal, dont get me wrong it has been fun, but it's hard for me to follow sometimes... i'm just glad that i'm not in 1st period!

stus6 said...

I am not a technology person, but I do love the yahoo briefcase because it means that I don't have to remember a floppy disk.

AndersonS6 said...

It is a lot of stuff but I don't really think that it is too much. I certainly think at least a bit of it will be helpful at some point.

LibbyB6 said...

I really think that technology is a great thing. I also really think it's a great thing that you are doing by introducing us to it right now when we can play around with them and discovering. I do get a little um razzled with all of it sometimes, though. I lose track of all of the sites and passwords and all that jazz. I really do think this blog is cool. The briefcase thing...that's cool too, I'm sure. I haven't really set that up yet, and i am a little worried about it.

michelleg6 said...

I think MOST of the technology in here has been worthwhile, except for the E-notecards. I got sick of doing them after the first three, so I decided to quit.(Thank you by the way for still giving me 15 points :-). Anyways, the quizzes that we took online weren't that hard, and I love blogging because it gives people a chance to earn easy points.

KatherineK5 said...

Although I'm not a very technological person, the things we've done haven't been so bad. I have to admit that I had a little trouble making that movie, and I wasn't a huge fan of the e-notecards because I had major formatting problems, but the rest has been fun!! I'll have to let you know about the electronic editing thing though. I'm a little skeptical, but maybe I'll be pleasantly surprised!

carolinec1 said...

I hate technology, and I am horrible at it. But I am glad you have made us do all this technology because there is a good chance that I may have to deal with it in the future. So I guess it has not been an overload because it is important thing for us to have to learn.

maggieb6 said...

i know nothing about technology, so part of me likes how i'm getting to learn about it, and actually use it, but the other part of me hates it because i have to do something out of my comfort zone.

Carolineh5 said...

I think that we have used technology a lot. Some of the projects etc. may be a bit overboard, but other than that tI have enjoyed using the technology.

Kristenk5 said...

I really have a hard time with technology and sometimes I get really frustrated with it. I don't like blogspot because like Adam I forget to do it. With our journals at school we did them every day and it was much easier. Also, as you know Mrs. Caldwell I had a lot of trouble with the movie trailer earlier this year. And I didn't really see how I needed to know how to do that for english.

Bens1 said...

I really dont know how I feel about technology. I do believe its a good thing but at the same time it seperates us from the world around us. I have had a bit of a technology overload. Even reading all the programs and stuff weve used or supposed to have used makes me dizzy. The pocket pc comes in handy at times when I just need a quick computer or something, but not so good for really doing anything important.

carletonw1 said...

I enjoy using all of the new technology available to us but I will be the first to admit sometimes I really just want to do things the old fashion way. I enjoy the blogs and yahoobriefcase but especially when it comes to doing research papers, I love using highlighters for notes and pens for corrections...sometimes its just easier to see that way.

walkerd3 said...

I like all of the technology stuff we do except I do not want to the Pocket PC. I brake stuff all the time and if I brake the Pocket PC then I owe $400 when I knew I would brake it in the first place.

Addie said...

It's true, we have had a ton of technology this year, but it has not been that bad. I sometimes get all the different websites confused but besides that its okay. I have loved yahoo briefcase though because i don't have to keep up with disks and stuff and worry about them not working once at school

Carolineb1 said...

I am so stupid when it comes to technology so I'm not going to lie and say they all this new techy stuff has been easy for me. My biggest issue has been with the research paper and the electronic stuff. I was glad that we were able to print out the E note cards but to be honest I didnt really use them. I think I have just gotten used to the old way that we did our Research Papers. But many people have told me that I need to learn to adapt because in college so much is done on the computer.

BrandonW1 said...

Technology makes everything easier. Sure, it might cause problems here and there, but if you think about it, you save so much time by using technology that its worth dealing with issues here and there.

CaitlinW3 said...

The definition of technology - a scientific method of achieving a practical purpose or more commonly known as advancements in our daily life used to be making the job more efficient. Technology advances everyday so why not allocate all of our resources available to us? If we act ignorant and choose not to learn how to use the internet for instance we will just be left behind when the younger generations after us pursue careers.

saram3 said...

we're gonna be introduced to more and more technology as time goes by, so we may as well get used to the new stuff. it's not too inconvenient either way.

Anonymous said...

i do not think that there is an overload of technology. i like technology and think it is easy to use. the only thing i dont like is trying to remember to blog. - BakerB3

rebeccal5 said...

No, I dont really see it as overload. I think it will help us in the long run-if not to better understand technology, then to be more accustomed and used to it not always coming through for us. We depend on it so much, and will continue to in college-so I think experiencing as much as possible is a good thing.