Do You Care About The Classics?

My Audrey Watters’ tech savvy trend of 2012 is about two A’s: automation and artificial intelligence.

(If you have to look these words up, don’t be ashamed, I had to as well.)

Simply put, it speaks on the use of machines and information technologies to be the most productive regarding any certain service. These services can range from something as simple as brushing our teeth to driving and in an educational setting, teachers grading students work.

An example would be the pictured self-driving car or something a little less subtle like this here:

It seems like any little thing us humans can do to make the most of our 24 hours in a day, we’ll do. The technologies act as our cheat codes to save time during our daily routines. I could see why Automation and Artificial Intelligence were chosen as a Top Ed-Tech of 2012 because society has seemed to stray away from the ‘traditional’ way of doing things. It can be said that it began with something as little as replacing good ‘ol dish washing with an actual dish washing machine or skipping on plugging in the vacuum for Saturday morning chores and having the robot vacuum take care of the mess all on its own.

Even letting Siri text for us, make calls for us, put our appointments in our calendar for us and help us look for anything and everything just so we don’t have to use our ten little fingers are examples of how time has taken us from conventional to fancy.

In regards to efficiency and learning —

Why would we want to automate it? Why, for the sake of efficiency, of course. We have to scale. Process more students. We have to assess more content. Write more. Grade more. Test more. Cut costs. Etc.

Education may soon stray away from old fashioned paper, pencils and textbooks to laptops and smart boards. Pretty soon, we’ll start seriously questioning the purpose of a teacher in a classroom. Technology in education: is it really saving us time and money or is it in fact making us lazy and destroying us slowly. Some may favor one over the other and some can argue for both, but this will continue to be a debate. The question is who will win and if that answer is technology, what purpose would you and I serve?


4 thoughts on “Do You Care About The Classics?

  1. You make a couple of interesting points at the end of you post with regard to technology in education but one thing is for sure there will continue to be advancements and we as a society will ultimatley adjust, whether its good or bad that is up for debate. Cool video example of A.I. wonder how the self parking car would fly in a state driving test….

  2. I enjoyed a lot of these new inventions but I agree that it is definitely interfering in old fashioned classroom education. There are a lot of drawbacks to technology based education especially for students at younger ages. My hope is that people will realize this importance without having to take it out completely but hey sometimes you never know what you have till its gone.

  3. Your post was very interesting to read, I like the information you gave and of course the question you raised. It is true technology is taking over our lives, its so difficult to do things without it. Usage of technology does have its cons and pros but I really hope it does not change the education system so much. I don’t know if you remember, but i’m pretty sure during your time in elementary school, we all had to learn how to write in cursive because “that is how you are going to writing in college.” REALITY- professors don’t accept anything that isn’t typed up. The world around us changing faster than we have control over. I think there should be a limit to where technology is a must in education and to some parts, where it isn’t. Usage of calculators in math class is not making us as smart (not that I mind) but I know there are times we doubt our own self when there is a question such as 8×6. Even thought we might all know the answer is 48 but no, we still have to check it on our phone calculator just to be sure. Very informative post!

  4. I agree with you technology makes our lives easier and traditional ways are staying behing. Great post!

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