The iEducation: Model 2015 – Manufactured by Society We live in an era where a myriad of gadgets and gizmos are available for our everyday convenience. A time where people are willing to line up outside of an Apple store for a $750 phone or a group of distraught adults that are ready to murder one another in a Walmart for the latest electronics their children want for Christmas; is this the ideal use for high technology? Kids nowadays will have these high technologies to either benefit their learning experience or have their education meet its demise. Even though high technology is a tool that’s able saves us time and allows us to be more efficient with our workload, I believe that the education received through technology does not compare to the one received through rigorous work or hours of reading material. For decades, humanity has worked on the usage of high technology for the development of its wellbeing. When we find new ways to do things more efficiently, we abandon the old techniques completely. Personally, when I had to do research for school, the library was my main resource; however, when my parents bought me a laptop for my first year of high school, researching has become easier than ever. I no longer had to walk to the library, spend long hours reading books, and recording the information into my notebook by hand. With my laptop, I was able to do my researching more efficiently; however, it became a major habit for me to do my research last minute because Google was easily accessible through a click of a button – a plethora of resourceful information had fallen into the palms of my hands. Is this how the term “procrastination” became so popular within our educational society? In Maggie Jackson’s “Distracted: The Erosion of Attention and the Coming Dark Age,” she talks about how our society became the epiphany of multitasking, the deprivation of self-discipline, and the inability to maintain focus on the
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