Globalization 3.0: The Power of the Individual

Technology has become a part of every day life; we can no longer deny this. But where does it end? How much more will technology will enter into our lives? According to Moore’s Law, the rate of change of technology will increase exponentially. Does this mean our use of technology and its significance in life will increase just as fast? When I read the article, “Digitally Aided Education, Using the Students’ Own Electronic Gear,” I began to formulate answers to some of these types of questions. Technology has now become an integral part of the classroom.

ImageTechnology entered the classroom years ago, but its role is still changing. Schools are now allowing students to bring their own devices into class for educational purposes and also to save money. For example, schools short of cash are no longer forced to supply computers for their students. Officials at these schools claim that students’ devices are the “simplest way to use a new generation of learning apps.” Teachers can use these apps for tests and quizzes, teaching subjects like math, or sharing and commenting on students’ essays. The possibilities are numerous, and the impact is a change in the face of the classroom. Elliot Soloway, a computer science professor at the University of Michigan asserts “If you look at initiatives in public education, this has the momentum.”

 

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Examples of schools using “B.Y.O.T.” or “Bring Your Own Technology”

(Check out the word press link link http://byotnetwork.com/ to view teacher’s EXPERIENCES WITH B.Y.O.T.)

Globalization 3.0 has splashed the globe with a wave of new, unexpected changes that have made this world infinitely different than the one that existed just 20 years ago. According to Milton Friedman, the global economic playing field has been flattened and power is now built around individuals and small groups globalizing. Schools are now buying into this system as officials say they “should take advantage of, rather than fight, students’ deep connections with their devices.” Technology can now empower any individual, anywhere. Now that schools are diving into this world, Globalization 3.0 is empowered even more. Learning is now becoming a matter of having a smart phone in hand.

This article truly makes me wonder about the double-edged sword idea. While technology’s implementations in the classroom are developmental and progressive, the world our own parents grew up and learned in may cease to exist. Technology makes old habits die a little too easy. Many professors and teachers are frightened by this technologically-driven classroom, and in some ways, so am I. The notion of always having to use technology in life seems like something that will not be beneficial in the long run. As we discussed in class, jobs are being taken away by technology. Is it possible that teachers can be replaced? While this seems impossible, I think there are concerns with having a certain level of technology in the classroom because it does lower the need for some teacher-related responsibilities. However, according to Lenny Schad, former chief information officer in the Katy Independent School District near Houston, which started a program with a different moniker: B.Y.O.D., for Bring Your Own Device, “This is the world [students] live in and we’re bringing it into the classroom.” In many ways, students are benefiting from this type of education. Concentration is increased, according to teachers posting on http://byotnetwork.com/, and students can learn more efficiently using something they are familiar with. Considering all these possibilities, it will be interesting to see how B.Y.O.T. ends up playing out in the future. Education has the potential to be changed dramatically.

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8 thoughts on “Globalization 3.0: The Power of the Individual

  1. The topic of your blog post clearly relates to the overview of the class that Professor Kane laid out, which your post extremely applicable to class. You cited a clear example of case when technology is being used in new ways, the classroom, and showed how this new use of technology helps define the era of globalization 3.0. I also like how you made a point to examine the possible negative effects of technology in the classroom. However, and this is my one suggestion, I felt like there is more you can say about the possible drawbacks beyond the implications for teachers (sorry Professor Kane). Do you see this trend of more and more technology in the classroom continuing? Or do you think there is a plateau at which our technology will stop improving education and start making it more difficult for students to learn?

  2. I definitely see this trend of more technology in the classroom continuing. B.Y.O.T. is becoming more and more popular throughout the country and its benefits seem pretty convincing. As one of the quotes dictates, this is the world we grew up in and it will be hard to fight the implementation of technology in different parts of life. However, a plateau will certainly be inputted at some point. Technology cannot do everything and will never compare to what a human can do. I also see great benefit in old teaching techniques, some of which we grew up with which involve hands-on objects. All in all, I think we will find a level playing field in terms of technology for students to learn from their education in the best way.

  3. I definitely agree with you that this is a double edge sword type of situation. On one hand, technology is allowing us to do work faster and better than ever before. Think about doing research for a paper. Before the age of online books, articles, and computers, it was much harder to access information and spread ideas but now it is easy. You can type in a few words online and find almost any and all of the information on the subject that there is. This allows for a fuller, more comprehensive study and allows for topics to expand and evolve more quickly. People have so much more information to choose from. On the other hand I think that you are right. Where does this end? While it is hard to see now how far this will go and it seems that it could be taking over jobs and our role in society, just as technology advances, our role in society likewise will evolve and expand. I cannot see technology stopping. I do not think there will be a point where we are evolved and cannot better ourselves or society any more. I think interests and information will change but ultimately I see it as a mostly positive advancement.

  4. This blog post makes me wonder how technology will play more and more of a role in our lives as time goes on. The quote in this article stating that they “should take advantage of, rather than fight, students’ deep connections with their devices” is particularly interesting. How much of a place does technology have in the classroom? Is it appropriate for second graders to have their own cell phone available to them in class? I would think not because I do not think that a young student (and sometimes not even older students) has the willpower to focus solely on class material and not other distractions on his or her phone. This distraction is just as present for students will cell phones in class in college, but college-age students are expected to make their own judgement calls regarding their education. However, if teachers can’t keep students’ phones out of the classroom I do agree with the article and believe that teachers should take advantage of the technology at hand.

    The double-edged sword is ever-present when it comes to technology in our lives. Each decision made to increase the presence of technology comes with both pros and cons that individuals will be forced to weigh themselves, but should we protect our children from the dangers of too much technology?

  5. I think this is a good post about the third wave of globalization we discussed in class. Technology in education is definitely prevalent both in and out of the classroom. I babysit two third-graders who use Google Docs every night to get their assignments and post their homework. It is a way for teachers and students to share their ideas and information, and everyone can instantly have access to it. However, I agree with Taylor that there are negative aspects, and students, especially younger students, may have a hard time not being distracted by technology in the classroom.
    I would challenge your section about Milton Friedman and the level global economic playing field. I do agree with you that the field is expanding. However, I think it is important to remember that the field is not completely flat, and there are millions of people in the world living in extreme poverty without access to technology and other advancements.

  6. Ian, the whole time reading this article I was thinking the same thing about technology being a double edged sword. I think is true, especially so, in the classroom. You mentioned at one point that schools are taking advantage of the deep connections and attachments that students have to their devices, but that seems to be more of a bad thing to me. The reasons that students are so attached to these forms of technology are purely recreational. I doubt they would care any less if they were reading on a screen as opposed to a real book. In fact, I think introducing these technologies into the classroom is a very bad idea for students who are still developing. I understand why universities and colleges would take on technology in teaching students, because they have to be more responsible for their own actions, but elementary school, middle school and high school students, I think, would have a much harder time using these devices for the right reasons. Rather than reading something and using the technology for the proper reason in school, I think they would take advantage of any opportunity to play a game and distract themselves from school. However, I think that if used correctly, this could be huge. With that said, I think this generation is using technology is a much less serious manor; not taking advantage of the actual opportunities that it it has to offer.

  7. I believe that technology will take on a more prominant role in schools. When computers first became prominant, and a common household appliance my middle school took the new surge into account. The school made us take classes on IT and we had a typing class called Type to Learn. The goal of Type to Learn was to teach students to type without looking at the keyboard. Then we got laptops and computers in every class. My school was going with the times and I think that’s what more schools are doing now. I am a babysitter and the children I babysit that are around elementary school aged can use a computer easily. It’s amazing what they have figured out. We grew up playing outside and making up games, they’ve grown up online with video games. There are pros and cons to this-it is definitely a double edged sword.

  8. Personally I do not envy gradeschool kids growing up with so much technology in the class room. Maybe I am old fashioned. I think the golden age of classroom tech will come in a decade when those who are teaching have grown up with tech in every aspect of their lives and older teachers have gained the experience to properly utilize tech in their classes.

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