By Robert Foster
EDU 218-602 Technology For Teachers
The Good and The Bad
It is no secret that we live in a growing age of technology. Mailing letters and making phone calls on pay phones is a thing of the past. The use of computers, cell phones, mp3 players, and tablets, all with access to the World Wide Web, is the norm now. We are training our children as early as four and five years old about how to use many of these devices so that they are better prepared for their futures. Elementary students are carrying cell phones, and learning how to use the computer, Junior High students are using their own laptops, and High School students are shuffling between their laptop, their cell phone, and their eBook reader. The expansion and use of this technology in our classrooms now brings potentially devastating consequences. Students now have the capability of hurting others without making physical contact. The rise of cyber bullying is rapidly expanding throughout the country, and has made an impact on all of us. The Digital Divide
An estimated ninety percent of all Americans under the age of sixty have used a computer and the internet. Approximately eighty percent of Americans under the age of sixty currently use a computer in their homes and nearly ninety percent of them agree that computers have made their life better. Of these people, only twenty percent of them say that they are unhappy with how it constantly connects them with people and they feel overwhelmed with the information the internet provides. The ‘Have Not’s’
Families in the lower income brackets and those with only High School Education or lower are far less likely to use and own a computer. Only fifty percent of people who fall into this category own a computer, and of this group, thirty percent of them have access to the internet. The majority comes from lower class, non-white, areas of families...