The Complications of Technology and Our Youth Today (by Guest Blogger Stephen McGuckin)

Read more about the author here. This post is based on the community work and writing that the author has been doing in WR 122 at Portland Community College.  The piece of public writing is loosely based on a research question and research collection the author developed.  The public writing is a chance to use one’s writing to become part of the larger community dialogue about issues in the chosen theme.

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Check out Stephen’s new blog titled “The Complications of Technology and Our Youth Today.”  His public writing appears there!

The Research Question & Collection

  1. Quillen, Ian. “Can Technology Replace Teachers?.”Education Digest. 78.4 (2012): 4-10. Web. 6 Mar. 2013.  The article discusses the educational debate over replacing  teachers with technology, including potential impact on educational quality. It states that there is a perception that digital teaching such as distance education will not provide as enriching experience as face-to-face instruction would. It addresses the increasing prevalence of educational technology in schools. The topics discussed in this article directly correlate with my research question. It not only talks about potential school wide technology implementation but also the impacts it will have on student learning and teaching jobs. The article illuminates how face to face teaching can be more valuable (this is the teacher and many others view) but it also gives good example of how technology could be implemented in the future. These implementations can improve student engagement in ways that wont effect overall student learning.

2. Fuegen, Shauna’h. “The Impact of Mobile Technologies on Distance Education..” TechTrends: Linking Research & Practice
to Improve Learning. 56.6 (2012): 49-53. Print.  This article talks about the growing amount of research on using mobile technologies in education. As mobile devices become increasingly more prevalent, it is necessary to study the use of mobile technology and its effect on the growing field of distance education. Flexibility, portability, and accessibility contribute to an overall positive impression on students, while teacher concerns can be met with appropriate training and tailoring to the various teaching and learning styles present in this flavor of distance education.

For my research this article is important because it shows me that there is a movement into more mobile education, it also notes some of the possible impacts mobile education can have. Tangible examples include things like students being able to check their grades and assignment due dates from their mobile phones. But the article infers that this could lead to actual lessons and teaching being uploaded straight to a mobile device.

  1. Bostwick, Dianna. “CLICKING YOUR WAY TO STUDENT SUCCESS!.” Techniques: Connecting Education & Careers. 88.1 (2013): 28-31. Print.  The article focuses on the approaches of the School District of Philadelphia to improve student participation in learning technical skills and meeting the goals of Pennsylvania Technical Assistance Program implemented by Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. It says that the program aims to allow students obtain technical competence regardless of the method of instruction. It adds that technology can help increase student involvement by incorporating it into daily learning experiences.

This article is very useful to my research because it give me some tangible idea of how technology can be implemented in a class room effectively. I am realizing from my research that technology cannot replace a human teacher but it can absolutely improve the learning experience.

  1. Lewis, Andrews. “The Hidden Revolution in Online Learning.” Wall Street Journal [New York, New York] 27 DEC 2012, a13. Web. 6 Mar. 2013.  This talks about the need for college degree’s and how more and more students are perusing online degrees for the first to terms of college. Why pay more for the same thing. Many don’t see the use of spending so much money on the first two years of college when they can live at home with their parents and get the same education. The article sort of depicts the Online degrees as inferior to an ivy league education, i guess this is probably true. So it is good to note that. i think the most interesting and most relevant part of this article to my research is the role of the instructor. Accoding to the article in coming years the instructor will be more of a communicator.

“Udacity, one of the three largest providers of online college courses, picks its instructors not on the basis of their degrees or research interests but according to how well they actually communicate.’We reject 98 percent of faculty who want to teach with us,’ Udacity co-founder David Stavens recently told the New York Times. He sees a day when faculty are selected and promoted very differently, with the best ‘compensated like a TV actor or movie actor.’ “



  1. Kimberly Kosydar

    I actually really enjoyed reading your work and your blog looks amazing. I am actually one of those people who hates so much technology. Don’t get me wrong, I love television, but too much technology gives me a huge headache. You make some excellent points about how communication is starting to lack because people decide to communicate through technology than actual face to face. Although I love taking classes online because it really fits into my busy schedule, I am glad there is always a teacher there to answer questions and keep things in order. I think teachers are truly under valued for what they do and what they stand for.

    Your research articles fit your topic well. It is always good to have an article that agrees with your question and an article that somewhat opposes your question which you did. 🙂
    The only thing I would say to watch out for is little grammar errors which can be fixed easily by just reading your work over and over again but overall I think you did a great job. Your blog looks great and feels like you actually care about what you are discussing.
    Great job!

    Kimberly Kosydar

  2. Elita Bowman

    Hey Stephen, I really enjoyed your posting. I grew up in the 80’s and 90’s so I remember a time when there wasn’t so much technology. I didn’t have my own first computer until I was 23 and even then didn’t use it that much. Wow, have things changed! I am as guilty as the next person with technology. Between smart phones, computers and ipads we are overwhelmed daily with technology. I often have to force myself away from it by making a conscious decision to put down the tech stuff.

    I am amazed at the changes to college now versus even 10 years ago. I have taken classes on and off over the years and its crazy how much it has changed. I love the amount of classes that are now available online. I think it has really opened up the access we have now and how it has expanded the number of people who can take college classes.

    Your research fits well with your blog. The one suggestion I might make is including a position against online education versus brick and mortar universities. This would strengthen your position even more.

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