The Effects of Technology in Education

PRE-PROPOSAL 1. Media Artifact

Link to your media artifact(s) giving background on the issue:

https://docs.google.com/document/d/1pWWYa2CdgbvjqanOwTnFc3dfrwt2ZRcVcjQLKHsoPsI/edit?usp=sharing

The Effects of Technolgy in Eductaion: whether the pros outweigh the cons.

Context

BACKGROUND AND RESEARCH PROCESS Context

Reference to a current Michigan bill or law that relates in some way to your proposal:

The Michigan House is considering a bill to ban use of phones while driving unless the drivers are using voice-activated and hands-off technology such as speaker phone or Bluetooth. H.R. 4466 was sent to the House Transportation Committee saying how distracting cell phones were while driving due to trying to  multi tasking but making the roads extremely dangerous and leading to thousands of crashes. This relates to my bill because it is another time that people are using their phones when they should not be. Whether it is in school or while driving, a cellphone is a distraction and can lead to serious damage in the learning process or physically.

Why this proposal will make a difference in the lives of students of all ages across Michigan, or a significant subgroup (by age, background, economic status, and/or region, etc.) of students in Michigan:

This proposal will make a significant impact for the new generation of kids growing up with technology in their everyday lives more than ever. Developing almost addictions to cell phones and apps many young students are seeing repercussions from technology. There has been proven facts that technology is making the learning process easier when utilized correctly. Having a constant distraction of your phone when in school you become attached. This has psychological effects that will last your entire life. Kids are missing out on socialization and it changes their entire developmental cycle. Changing the way phones are used daily by the younger generation can save their futures.

How and where did you learn about the issues underlying your proposal?

I learned about this issue through the experience in High School where I noticed all the younger generation were now using technology more than I ever did. I taught at a hebrew school to kids grades 2-6. for 5 years and every year there was a larger involvement of technology in the classroom and for personal use of the students. This all lead to me looking into how technology is being introduced to classrooms and how it is affecting students. As I noticed there were many positives to the new programs developed and being used in learning there also needs to be limitation because this can bring distraction.

How has your service activity influenced your thinking about this proposal?

My service activity has influenced my proposal by making me want to implement more than just rules on when you can use your phone but to real age restrictions that will make it not allowed for people a certain age to even have a phone or be able to access many platforms online. When seeing how psychologically changed the youth is now it has shown me that the introduction to the vast content online is not good for kids. There need to be limits on how young and what people can access on all social media platforms. Kids aren’t playing outside anymore, it’s true, they are playing some game on their phone or looking at things like instagram at too young of an age.

Link to your media artifact(s) giving background on the issue:

https://docs.google.com/document/d/1pWWYa2CdgbvjqanOwTnFc3dfrwt2ZRcVcjQLKHsoPsI/edit?usp=sharing

2. Persona and POV statement Persona:

Adam Corn

39 Years old

Parent of a 6th grade student at Tappan Middle School

 

Quote: “Son get off your phone now!”

 

About:

Father of 3

From Bloomfield Hills, Went to UM

Very successful Dentist

 

Goals:

Raise his children well

Get his son to unattach from his phone

Open a diner on South University

 

User

Adam, a smart father with young kids.

Needs

A way to become more involved in helping his kids with their activities and learning

Insight

Because he is has access to a good school system he wants his children to get the most out of their educations. With a new invasion of technology these parents wonder if it is hurting their kids or helping.

    3. Potential Solutions:

Describe three reasonable, feasible potential solutions or approaches that would help address this problem.

SOLUTION 1:

We all should recognize that teens typically don’t always follow limits well. Control and limit use by apps. One approach can involve keeping your teen off their phone while in the car. Since distracted driving is such a large problem, many apps exist with different features to help address it. This goes for usage of their phone throughout the day too. One possible route to take would be calling for the creation of a state-sponsored application that aims to limit the use based off your parents wants. Within this application, that should be on every teens phone, the parent can set a time limit per day and also time restrictions like when in school their phone is locked off.  

SOLUTION 2:

Before you ever go to the store to get your child a cell phone like for 6th grade students, make sure you set down rules first. While children find a way to get around the rules that parents place on them one way to get rid of phone use during school hours is to ban them at school. This does not mean electronics are banned. School monitored devices used strictly for education is how you can keep students on track and not distracted by their phones. Implemented in many countries and schools worldwide this has shown growth in educational development.

SOLUTION 3:

One major solution to the cell phone addiction that this generation of kids is having a problem with is limiting time on the phone. Social media’s are being filled with children too young and it has caused physcological issues and insecurities for them. Having age limit restrictions for phone apps need to be pressured more. When signing up for an app there needs to be more security but also more proof of the person signing up. Anyone under the age of 14 should not be using social media. There is no need for kids that young to be exposed to the vast content there is on media’s these days. Having restrictions for social platforms needs to be implemented so children don’t have to think about how they look on social media and can instead just enjoy their lives.

BACKGROUND AND RESEARCH PROCESS

Consultations:

Talk directly with at least 3 real live people who have special knowledge about this topic or the impact your proposal would have, and summarize their comments. These may include people appearing in your media artifact (video, podcast, etc.).

CONSULTATION 1: The first person I spoke to was a teacher who was against the use of laptops in the classroom. They stated a very common thing i've heard professors say which is “more information is taken in by the student when writing the material rather than typing it.” Now this is a proven fact but there may not be a way to stop technology from coming into lectures and discussions without the teacher banning it themselves. When completely banning electronics from a class it would help the students issues of being distracted during class time. This teacher also said how technology is making the teaching job easier by being more organized and having easier access. The conclusion was there needs to be a developed way that students can use their computers and programs during class that would help them learn rather than distract them from lecture.

CONSULTATION 2: A parent of a 6 and 10 year old child. This parent was concerned at the socialization effect technology might have on their kids. This parent has the opportunity to monitor their children at all times besides when they are in school, they believe that their child has become so attached to their phones and apps that they are no longer developing social skills like they should. Ex: Dinner table manners. When I brought up the time outside their child has the parents both answered with they see how phones are affecting everyone even their kids, they limit their time but it still has changed even the simplest things like playing outside with friends.

CONSULTATION 3: Last person I asked about this issue was a student at Michigan that is a common user of his phone. He admitted that he likes using his laptop in class to take notes but he does look at facebook and other work when in lecture on his computer. This is now a preference for many students and it may be beneficial for some. Age restrictions need to be made but technology can benefit the student if developed correctly. There is no limit to what technology can do for a person, as some people prefer to use their laptops in class or take notes it should be better for the world if we don’t ban electronics but enhance them for our own benefit. The impact of this proposal would be helping kids rather than having them just become obsessed with their phones, and making learning for students more interactive.

Reaction or advice from a Topic Coordinator:

You must solicit a critique from a topic coordinator, and explain the impact that advice has had on the final draft of this proposal.

The topic coordinators both were very concerned about me changing my solutions from the very general ideas they were to real political ways that can help make the change for the youth in this electronic generation. The advice they gave me turned my proposal from being a good idea to a real political policy. I had no sense of direction to how make my solutions into a policy rather than a simple rule you can tell parents or teachers to try. I added in ways that schools can get rid of phones for the ones who do not need them and use them for personal use when they should be paying attention in class or even socializing with friends.  Another addition from the topic coordinators was how apps can be developed to prevent the breaking of rules that some parents might implement to reduce the phone addiction issue.

Research process:

Describe your research process — indicate who you talked to (including but not limited to consultants), what you read, what your thinking was, how it changed over time, and how your consultants changed your thinking. This description of your research process definitely could include “dead ends,” or ideas you had that didn’t ultimately bear fruit.  In short, we want to know what you did and how it led to your legislation, and we also want you to give us a window into your thought process.

This process started from me realizing an everyday issue while teaching kids in high school. Ever since then I have noticed a serious issue in society. Whether it was at the dinner table and a kid was sitting there with their face in an IPad it has shown how the shift in childhoods and lifestyles are changing. Leading up to my final political policies I though general ideas that parents can make the change but now I understand it has become too big of an issue for just that. The government needs to make a serious change now due to the fact that kids are being damaged by their electronics in more ways than we know. While I have been against technology as a whole my mind changed and realized that it may be better for the world if we just change the technology to help us rather than hurt us. While there needs to be restrictions there also needs to be development in the sector of how education can be enhanced by the new influx of technology.

Author contributions:

Please delineate--in detail--who made what contributions to the process and to the finished proposal? Who took on which responsibilities in researching ideas, drafting language, etc.?

I was the only author.

FORMAL PROPOSAL

The sections below should comprise your final proposal language, submitted for consideration by your peers and potential inclusion in the MSC Platform.

Preambulatory clauses

These set up the PROBLEM, but not the solution.

WHEREAS.... Children are using their phones in times when they should not, example being in school or when playing outside with their friends.

WHEREAS…. Children are getting bad influences from the social media content that all have access to. Children are being exposed to new ideas at too young of an age.

WHEREAS.... The entire generation is now behind on development of social skills, the general life of a kid is now engulfed with apps and media. Example is giving kids an ipad and headphones so they aren’t yelling at dinner or running around the restaurant.

WHEREAS.... Kids are being exposed to too much on the internet. The fact that kids can access all social media platforms and be influenced by the new social crazes that are negative for confidence and future goals.

Operative clauses

These describe in detail, the solution you are proposing (not the problem itself; those should go in the "Whereas" clauses above).

THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED....

1. New age restrictions on media platforms, more thorough way of letting people have access to the vast amount of content that is shown on these apps like Instagram or Facebook. Government based ages where they can be allowed to have accounts to these platforms. This will protect children from the violence and sexuality of social media if they can not even access it due to their ages. Kids can play as many games on their phones as they want but they should not be introduced to the world through social media. Let the youth focus on enjoying their lives rather than just their phones.

2. App development made by an American organization that is specialized for interactive learning styles and monitoring aspects for kids.  This will be parental controls that lets the user only see and watch what their parents wish, also having the ability to keep the phone locked when in certain setting like school. This is being created so parents can control the usage of technology for their kids in a higher and more involved way.

3. Banning phones from school, only allowing them for certain measures. Some high schools have done it and proved that it increases learning. Reducing classroom distractions phones for personal use should be banned. Collecting them when necessary from the young students and distributing them if needed for classroom use. Setting a standard for high schools around the world on how to manage technology.

Counter-arguments:

What are three reasonable arguments against this proposal?

1. You can not tell the parents what to do, they have to decide how to raise their children on their own rather than having a law tell them how much their kids can use electronics. Parenting should not be forced upon any family and it their choice on how much they want to let their kid use technology or how much they want to limit it. As a parent it is your choice, based off the morals and values how you were raised leads to the parenting styles that you portray. There shouldn’t be government intervention in family matters.

2. Phones and computers are helpful in class because it allows you to be faster and more efficient when taking notes or trying to figure out material. Managing cell phone use was really contextualized negotiation. Its stated that standards around cellphone use were founded on how students and teachers were building relationships with each other. There is no need to ban cellphones if you are a interactive teacher who gets the class involved already.

3. One other counter argument is that phones are needed for safety and protection of the youth. With all the confusion and danger now in the world it has hard for parents not to give their child a means of tracking and communication. Even taking it away just for the school day, there is no predicting what could happen and they may need it in very serious cases. Whether it is once or never it's better to have the resource than not at all.

Costs and funding:

What will your proposal cost (in direct expenses, lost tax revenue, lost economic opportunity, and/or non-monetary costs)? How will you pay for your proposed legislation? Where will/could the funding for your proposal come from?  Who might object to dedicating resources to your proposal (competing interests)?

In reality there is no cost for banning phones from schools. This legislation is something that can be done overnight, a new policy throughout schools starting immediately. Another addition to this is how technology companies can development an app or program to use in schools that would then make them money. A new market for learning programs could emerge, the future of learning in the classroom has been developing.  Lost economic opportunity for many businesses and platforms because they will lose possible users when there is a restriction against how young and how many kids now have access. Social media platforms will fight against this because for their business sake it is taking away many users that provide a large base for their companies.

References:

These can include websites or other information you have found about the issue.

https://www.ed.gov/oii-news/use-technology-teaching-and-learning

 

https://elearningindustry.com/benefits-technology-integration-education-sphere

 

https://medium.com/@marisacamarena/should-students-have-technology-in-the-classroom-ac14c3a2302f

 

https://www.forbes.com/sites/forbestechcouncil/2017/12/01/ed-tech-makes-education-more-accessible/#1e3bd6d62a58

 

 

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