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Posted December 9, 2012
After reading High-Tech Heretic: Reflections of a Computer Contr
After reading High-Tech Heretic: Reflections of a Computer Contrarian by Clifford Stoll, I now have a different perspective towards technology in schools and classrooms. He makes his argument against the use of computers/technology in the classroom which takes away from important content. One would imagine having computers in a classroom may help the children learn more but in actuality how much more can children learn from computers than from a teacher? Stoll points out in his book that a computer cannot replace a good teacher and bad teachers ought to be replaced by good teachers not by computers. This I completely agree with; he questions what happens when a fifty-minute class gets diluted with a fifteen minute computer break. When he addresses this issue it dawned on me how a classroom with technology integrated into it could be cut short due to computer loading glitches. How many times have you been in class waiting for the teacher to get his/her PowerPoint presentation uploaded? During this entire time of waiting students get antsy and start talking to their classmates then when the teacher is ready he/she has to take more time out from teaching to get the students to calm down and get focused again. Stoll has many important points that make one question the use of technology and also the high costs schools are funding to integrate technology but lack educational resources such as books and supplies. I find it interesting that schools lack books for each student but yet most classrooms are equipped with macs. Another issue he talks about is the computer literacy movement and who stands to gain from this. “Corporations including telephone companies, communication firms, media outlets all promoting the wiring of our schools. What do these companies know or care about childhood development and education?” After he addresses this I’m left thinking and agreeing with Stoll that these companies have no clue about childhood development and education; we live in a society/world where making money is the quintessential part of life and targeting children and education is the key to making millions. These companies know that parents, teachers, schools etc. will pay lots of money if they think their children will benefit from technology but in reality our children’s education isn’t benefiting the corporations are. Clifford Stoll does an excellent job arguing his views on the implementation of technology into schools and classrooms and the negative impact they have on children and their future. This is a must read for parents, teachers and any student going into the education profession.
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Posted May 3, 2010
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Stroll made some very interesting points in his book, and I feel that it would be a great book for teachers in the school systems to read, because I do feel that there are some teachers that do rely on technology more now to teach their classrooms, instead of doing hands on activities. I will be the type of the teacher that will include as little technology in the classroom, because I am not great with computers any how. Yes I do believe there is need of some technology in the classrooms, because there is so much new technology in the world that our students will have to learn how to work regardless if it is for work or school in the future. I feel that in Elementary classes there is not much need of using technology, and yes it does make learning fun in classrooms if they get to play a game, but if they are depending on games to help them learn early on then they are going to expect the same when they get older. Also the use of calculators in classrooms is starting early on in the classrooms. When I was in school, we started using calculators when we started using the high tech calculators, now I see young students using calculators to do mental math. I know I have not been out of school very long, but when I was in grade school we were not able to use calculators to do mental math. One thing that I didn't agree with Stroll is learning is not suppose to be fun. I feel that learning can be fun at times. I am a very outgoing person and I believe in fun in learning. I feel that there are other ways than technology that you can have fun to learn. I learn by doing, and if you are a good teacher you will be able to find ways to keep a child's attention without technology at all times. I do believe it is ok to have technology in your lesson plans ever now and then, however I don't think it is ok to depend on technology to teach your classroom. There are both pros and cons to using technology. Yes it is ok to use technology in the classroom, because technology is part of the world, but it should have its limit and teachers should not abuse it and use it as a crutch to teach their students. I also agree that instead of schools using all their money on computers and technology software, they could be using it towards something different than trying to put computers in every classroom.
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Posted December 11, 2013
Kayla Murray ¿ EDEL 302- High Tech Heretic Review High Tech Here
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High Tech Heretic is a Book that brings out a lot of concerns about using technology in the classroom. While I agree with many of the points that he brings up in his book there are a few things that I disagree with. I feel as though Clifford Stoll wrote a one-sided argument in this book because he doesn’t show the other side of things and the good intentions of the educators who for the most part are doing a good job with their students.
Stoll mentions in his book how “With more virtual reality overtaking real reality, we’re losing ordinary social skills and common social situations are becoming more awkward”. I do agree with this quote but I question the context in which he brings it up. It seems as though Stoll blames educators for starting this fire with introducing students to find fast and easy information on the internet and for taking certain programs like the arts out for computer labs. It is always easy to blame educators, but I feel like he doesn’t talk enough about the fact that most of the social issues don’t start within the school, they start at home. Some students engulf themselves in virtual realities when they are away from school, like Facebook, Twitter, playing video games and other things. I would much rather see Stoll blame these things for causing students to lose social skills and become more awkward technology dependent people. When educators bring technology into their classroom these are not the types of things they are teaching their students. They are teaching their students to be able to harness the internet and make good choices while going about their research and internet use.
I agree with Stoll that technology is a good thing to be able to harness but it is not the only thing we should use in our classrooms. We should not cut out the arts programs just so we can afford the next new technology. Especially in Kentucky where there is so much poverty we should be focusing on how to teach these students content because it is easy to learn how to use technology but it is more important to be able to make connections and learn new things when you don’t have the top notch technology. Students should be able to use their creativity and to share their opinions with one another in the classroom instead of taking the easy way to find the answer. I feel like technology takes the meaning out of learning sometimes.
After reading High Tech Heretic I would say that this book is a good read. It may come across that I disagree with his points but I just naturally defend things that are being spoken against when they are meant to be used for the good of the students. This book has changed the way that I look at technology now; I have learned so many new concepts and also a lot of the issues that educators need to be aware of. Though some of Stoll’s opinions seem a bit harsh, I do not think this was his purpose for writing the book. I think that he just wanted to teach people how we can make technology better suited for people.
Posted December 10, 2013
Rayann Gray- Technology in the Classroom- EDEL 302 When I was f
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When I was first given this book to read as an assignment I was very skeptical, I wasn't sure what I would think of it or if I would be able to stay interested in it. To my surprise I was able to really enjoy this read. This book makes you expand your outlook on technology, computers, and other forms of multimedia in the classroom. Before I read this book I was a firm believer that technology is a great aspect to the everyday classroom, not that it isn't very helpful in many situations but I think as a whole we rely on technology and computers entirely too much. I believe what Stoll's is trying to get across to the reader is that there is life and learning beyond technology, educators today depend on technology to provide simple lessons and that is not okay. I know as a future educator reading this book has helped me learn that technology is indeed a great thing but that is not the only way to present information.
Posted December 9, 2013
Andrew Donner EDEL 302-002 This book sheds a new light on techn
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This book sheds a new light on technology in the classroom. Do students spend too much time on technological devices in the classroom? When the students are faced with challenges they turn to the internet. “They are blind to other possible solutions, such as more teacher support, better teaching conditions, tighter discipline, more appropriate curricula, or recasting school goals.” This book brings up the idea that too much time on a technological device that it actually hurts the students overall academic achievement. Students who spend more time on the computer or technological devices lose more than we can even imagine. They lose out on the opportunity to interact with their peers and gain the socialization skills they need in order to be successful. This book gives us the opportunity to see the other side of technology used in the classroom. “Computers are parent pleasing devices: machines to give the appearance of learning and the illusion of interactive, instant information.” So computers give us the false appearance that our students our learning. When in all actuality they are not. The students who spend more time on the computer do not end learning up learning the same amount or the same manner has the other students. Technology may seem like it makes the teachers job easier but in reality it does not. According to Clifton Stoll even the worst teacher is more versatile and adaptable than the finest computer program. This is because a teacher can change and manipulate the lesson so the student gets the most out of it. A computer program is only capable of being able to do what it is programmed to do, A teacher can manipulate the lesson based on what their students need, they can make the changes needed to help the student succeed and reach their goals.
Posted December 9, 2013
Rachael Durbin EDEL 302-002 Most of the time, as teachers, stude
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Most of the time, as teachers, students, and observers, we like to think that technology is for the better of the classroom so we do not question using large amounts of technology in the classroom. However, does technology truly benefit the student or the teacher in the classroom? It might make certain assignments easier to do but is anything learned or taught. In the book High-Tech Heretic by Clifford Stoll, the author gets you to really think about the purpose of technology in the classroom. Clifford Stoll does not write this book to bash the use of technology in the classroom because he dislikes technology, but instead he says “‘my questioning grows not from a distaste of computing, but rather because I love computers (Stoll).'' So before you judge this book by its title I encourage you to take the time to read, with an open-mind, and see what Dr. Stoll has to say about technology in the classroom.
While you read, there are a few things that you need to understand about the author and the structure of this book so you do not become discouraged while you read. First, you need to know that Clifford Stoll is a very scattered person when he is speaking and it is no different when you read his books. Just try to keep reading, what he has to say is eye-opening. Second, do not think that this book is one you will pick up and say “I am going to read this from start to finish because I just cannot put it down.” You will want to take small breaks because otherwise all the information and ideas he has to give might overwhelm you (it did me at times). Finally, it is great that you are reading this book but if you do not start looking at things in a new light, you might want to read it again.
Posted December 5, 2013
For the most part I have always been pro-technology and computer
For the most part I have always been pro-technology and computers, but after reading High-Tech Heretic: Reflections of a Computer Contrarian by Clifford Stoll, I have a new perspective on using technology and computers in the classroom and the effects it has not only has on today’s students, but on the overall impact it is having on education. Stoll asks what benefits do computers actually have in the classroom and for students? Having new technology and computers in the classroom is becoming more important than basic supplies like paper, pencils, scissors, and even textbooks and reading material. Libraries, music rooms, and even science labs are slowly evaporating and being replaced by computer labs and media centers. Many experts believe that computers are more beneficial than teachers. Kathy Popp, a technology coordinator for a small town in south central Pennsylvania states: “Access and use of the Information Highway is part of this technology. But in order to purchase technology, both teachers and district supplies have to be cut.” Basically, schools should fire a teacher to have classrooms be equipped with a new system and computers. Stoll also explains that computers don’t provide the emotions and connections with students like a teacher does. A computer can’t comfort a child when they are sad or fix a hurt knee; it can give you information on how to comfort child who is hurting or give you thousands of websites on the variety of ways to fix a knee, but can it actually do those things? Technology may be able to help a student learn math or give them information on what photosynthesis is, but it can’t replace the personality and emotion that a teacher gives. Stoll gives the best explanation of the reality of technology, when he says that “computers are parent-pleasing devices: machines to give the appearance of learning and the illusion of interactive, instant information.” Although there are many benefits to computers in the classroom, especially with the continual growth and improvements of technology, reading this book has made me look at technology differently and see that there are some disadvantages to having computers in the classroom.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted December 4, 2013
In EDEL 302, I was assigned to read the book High-Tech Heretic by Clifford Stoll. Reading this book really opened my eyes on how technology affects a classroom in a negative way. There were many points in the book that I definitely agree with. The majority of the time, educators and parents of students, only think of positive ways that technology will benefit the student. However, they never stop and think the negative impact computers can have on a classroom. If you take away the teacher from the classroom, how do you know what the student is really learning? What is the student really taking in from the computer? If educators solemnly depend on technology for the classroom, they are taking away the opportunity for students to interact with one another. Having social skills will benefit you more in life than being able to work a computer. A computer does not help you develop socially and emotionally, it also slows down the learning process of a student. Stoll made a very good point in his book when he stated that teachers should not be replaced by computers, but bad teachers should be replaced with good teachers.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Technology also takes away from a child’s imagination. Stoll mentioned an incident that really surprised me. He discussed how a child used construction paper and crayons to make a picture, when the student went to show the teacher, the teacher showed no interest and continued to work with the student who was doing graphics online. Although the online graphics probably did look more realistic, how much imagination did that student really use?
Throughout the entire book, Stoll made very strong points with information and evidence to back it up as to why technology should not be the main learning source in the classroom. I feel like all teachers, parents, and people of the community should know more in depth about technology before depending on technology to help a student learn.
Posted December 4, 2013
Kaitlyn Stanfield EDEL 302 In the book, High Tech- Heretic: Refl
Kaitlyn Stanfield EDEL 302Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
In the book, High Tech- Heretic: Reflections of a Computer Contrarian, Clifford Stoll tells his side of technology usage in the classroom and within society. He is very expressive and opinionated when it comes to technology and states everything he feels in this book, without hesitation.
Clifford Stoll gave many insights in this book of things that I would have never thought possible. He puts a new form of thinking into his writings. Stoll concentrates a lot of his thoughts in this book about having computers in the classroom and how it is wrong to put your students in front of the computer for learning, when the teacher could have them learn in a different way. He criticizes teachers that believe that the computer should be the basis of their students’ learning. Stoll discusses the importance of teachers and teaching for student growth, as well as, having a library with books in the school. He stresses the importance of libraries and how reading and touching a real book is a great aspect of learning.
Stoll does not believe that the money in the school system should be spent all on computers and software, but rather to be put to better use on more useful materials for the classroom for the children to learn.
To me, this book gave a new insight on learning. Most of the classes I have taken for education have taught us to involve technology into every lesson plan because technology is more and more for our future and the children today need to be able to survive in society. Having been given this point of view, I see that children also really need real communication and activity. Not everything should be around technology but about communication in verbal form instead of all technology. I use technology daily; I have full classes online and connect with my friends via social media or text messaging.
Posted May 8, 2013
High-Tech Heretic: Reflections of a Computer Contrarian by Clif
High-Tech Heretic: Reflections of a Computer Contrarian by Clifford Stoll discusses the necessity of technology within the classroom. Stoll who's credibility comes from programming computers for a living argues against having technology in the classrooms warning that computer companies put up a false image of what can be achieved through using them in the everyday class. I find Stolls opinion on this matter as the opposite of my own, while I do agree no computer can replace a good teacher I disagree on the fact that we should not use them in the classroom. Why you might ask? Well in our age computers are becoming a necessitous to learning, we use computers and internet to learn new information that might be otherwise unavailable to us. It is becoming imperative that we all learn how to proper use a computer to find these different resources of information. While I do feel if a teacher wishes to teach these techniques it's still no substitute from books and written information because a person cannot be taught on the computer alone. I feel as though the internet and technology in general is our future we still have yet to successful implement it into our teaching methods. Although now it isn't where it needs to be, companies are to disconnected from the modern average person to understand our needs and making it efficient enough to implement technology fully into the classroom without problems. Though we are on a verge of a technological revolution and having it affect the aspects of our everyday life right now technology isn't far enough along to completely change how we teach in the everyday classroom though we should start teaching kids how to adapt and use it for educational purposes. The people who exist now are much less capable of finding out information and at a faster pace than those who do not know how to operate technology such as a computerWas this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted April 6, 2013
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I honestly found this book very interesting and it really made me think about technology in a different way than I once did. I have never been able to master computers and other high tech devices well but I always figured that by the time I began to teach I would learn because it would be important and helpful for my students. After reading this book I am not really sure that they are really needed as much in my classroom as what I had originally thought.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
I believe that technology should be used properly in the classroom, like teaching students to use it as a tool to learn instead of as entertainment. Stoll’s main view from this book is that learning isn’t always fun, and as educators we need to understand that learning takes discipline and commitment. I agree with this 100%, there is no way they we can make learning 100% fun all the time. We are spoiling our students and children by thinking that we have to make everything entertaining for them. This in no way helps them when they have to deal with the real world or when they become adults. Life itself is never always fun! I also like the comment that he stated, “No amount of Web searching can make up for lack of critical thinking and communications skills.” I also couldn’t agree more with him here. I have personally seen students who have poor communication skills from spending more time on computers and IPhones than what they do speaking to other peers and so forth. One example is Facebook, people are used to typing what they are feeling or want to say to others but cannot express those words to others verbally. As far as critical thinking for students goes that is obvious that computers and technology are a disadvantage to this. Students can find answers to millions of things by just typing a few words into a search engine and they never have to stop and use their minds to figure it out on their own.
I so not believe technology should be completely cut out of classrooms but I do feel that it should be limited. Students need real involved teachers in their lives to broaden their intelligence. They will benefit more from this later on in life than what they would if they are given technology to figure everything out with. I personally enjoyed the book more than what I thought I would. It was very helpful and really made me think of how I want my classroom to be like.
Posted December 10, 2012
For EDEL 302 we were asked to read and write a review for High-T
For EDEL 302 we were asked to read and write a review for High-Tech Heretic by Clifford Stoll. Stoll has been programming computers since the 60's and has been using the interwebs since the 70's so he has both experience as well as time with technology. This book is about whether or not computers and the internet should be used in the classroom. As a future teacher this is a big topic for me. High-Tech Heretic was a good book and relative to life but it was very one-sided. He makes some great points throughout but doesn’t offer up the other side, which is the side I agree with. The author talks about how even though computers may help in educating in the classroom, they are taking over. Computers may be able to provide a huge amount of information on a topic, but can they truly provide understanding and the nurturing that a student working with a teacher offers? The book says a good school will not need computers and a bad one school won’t be helped much by them. I, again, do not agree. Being able to find and correctly use information is a skill that every person should have, and the internet is the biggest place to find and use information. As a future educator this book let me see the other side of the fence. I do believe that technology should be used in the classroom as it is part of everyday life, but Stoll disagrees and had me truly think about my opinion.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted December 10, 2012
In my EDEL 302 class we were asked to read the book High-Tech He
In my EDEL 302 class we were asked to read the book High-Tech Heretic by Clifford Stoll, and write a review on it. I am a firm believer that computers are helpful to society and do not think that they should be taken out of the classroom. However I do believe that children should be a certain age before computers should be put in front of them in a classroom. The basics I think should be taught by a human in order to make sure all of the concepts are understood in full by the children before they can put it to work with computer based programs. The details in Stoll's book are already becoming obsolete, but that doesn't make his points any less true. And that is really the point of the book: computers are a tool, not a magic potion, and we do ourselves a disfavor to think otherwise. Learning things well is still hard work. It's not enough to know how to use a calculator without understanding numbers well enough to check the answers the calculator gives. Younger students need play, not keyboard practice. Books are more important to libraries than computers are. Computers are not a necessary or mandatory material in life. Survival has been possible for years without computers. I feel like computers are the new games, instead of setting down with a board game they set down with computers. Students in chemistry and physics labs should learn about the joy of tinkering, the difficulties of data collection, and the visual of a well-designed testing and computer replications don't teach those things. I think that the things that Stoll talks about are a little outdated. Computers are a thing of the future and I do not think they are going anywhere. Computers and their programs need to be used as an aide at some points. The knowledge that is obtained by individuals can be elaborated on by technology. Computers are not only aides for children just trying to learn things in the classroom, but us as adults as well. So I do not believe that computers and technology should be completely taken out of schools.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted December 9, 2012
Stoll¿s book has a lot of valid point some which I agree with co
Stoll’s book has a lot of valid point some which I agree with completely. Stoll however really needs to update this book. This book was published in 2000, which was 12 years ago, almost 13 now. The High Tech Heretic was a good book I believe in what he was saying when he said that teachers shouldn't be pushed aside because they don't want to use the computer. Teachers can be more valuable resources than machines because teachers can help identify what student’s problems and needs are. A machine however, cannot always do that to the exact point that a teacher is able to. Technology in the classroom can be a valuable tool but a good teacher can do more than a great machine any day.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
The only problem I had with the book was Clifford Stoll’s somewhat bashing of technology in the classroom. Clifford strays from skeptical to cynical a lot in his book and even though he says to love computers (even converting his old Mac into an aquarium) he sometimes comes off as cynical. This does not take away from the book but maybe instead of his opinionated book there could have been another author defending technology in the classroom incorporated or arguments made for the technology.
Clifford Stoll does however bring a funny dry humor to his book and this is a recommended read for anyone who wants to know about the roles computers play in the classroom and how detrimental to the future education of students that this so called “helpful” technology is nott so helpful after all.
Posted December 8, 2012
Great! Must Read Book for parents and educators!
High-Tech Heretic by Clifford Stoll, was a truly awesome book! I loved reading it! It caught my attention right from the beginning with his very differnt aspects on computers in the classroom. After reading this book I really have a new way of looking at computers/technology in the classroom! The author does an amazing job of pointing out legit facts and aspects of using technology in the classroom. For those who have children and those who are planning to be an educator, this book is a must. It lays out aspects of technolgy that a lot of people overlook. Right now technology has such an impact on our children, we really need to know what kind of toll it is taking on them. For someone who loves computers and technology to question the role of a computer in the classroom really makes you think about what our kids are missing out on by allowing them to use the computers for so much of their education, rather than the resources offered by books and teachers. Because like Stoll talks about, computers become outdated much quicker than teachers or books. If this is the case, then how can we expect for technology to educate our children better than the way classrooms used to be, where the teacher taught the lessons, was creative and used books. Stoll makes a very legit point when he writes about making the world, which obviously uses quite a bit of technolgy, suited for people; rather than trying to educate people to be suited to technology. I agree with Stoll that learning is not always supposed to be "fun", which is usually what computers in the classroom are used for, is a fun way of learning material. I do have to say that it is nice to reinforce a topic, after students have already learned the material with a fun way to better remember it. But our job as the teacher, is to teach the chilren, not let computers do our job! I would definately recommend this book to anyone really, but especially to educators and parents, since our kids are our future, let do like Stoll has done and look a little more into computers and technology in the classroom and the ways in which it impacts our children, because we may not be really helping them out as much as we think using computers in the classroom!!Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted December 7, 2012
When first reading High Tech Heretic it first grabbed me in the
When first reading High Tech Heretic it first grabbed me in the first few pages. Stoll has a good way of engaging and catching his audience from the very beginning of the book. Within the first few chapters the book really began making extremely strong arguments about the reasons why schools would introduce computers into the classrooms. I feel that more than not school systems introduce computers at too young of age and never really have a foundational and plausible reasoning for it. My question would be for the school systems is by having students use computers does it really give a good hands on experience for them to experience? This same question would be for the mass of schools using electronic text books instead of hard back books because they find them cheaper. However, what most schools fail to see is the maintenance of the technology they are using and what do they do when something tears up.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Even though this book carried many valid points of why technology shouldn't be used in certain instances it did carry some flaws. After the first few chapters I felt I continued to read the same issues and opinions of Stoll over and over again. It was nice to hear it once but the repetitive nature of content did get boring quite quickly. I believe if he had utilized less of his opinion and more ground breaking reasons for technology use the book would have flowed better than it did.
Overall I do believe Stoll has written a book that brings attention to several issues in the school system today. As a future educator I felt that this book really opened my eyes to some do's and don’ts in my future classroom. So by educating myself further I believe that in my classroom I will utilize technology where it will help my students but not enforce it to the point where it begins to hinder their education.
Posted December 4, 2012
This book would be a wonderful book for use in school systems to
This book would be a wonderful book for use in school systems today, as it has a lot of true things about technology in today's society. Teacher's tend to depend more on technology now, because they know that technology is available for them. I liked how he pointed out the role computers should play in a classroom as well. Stroll points out that technology cannot teach children everything, and that children learn some things better through doing it themselves or seeing it in real life. He focuses a lot on the internet aspect of technology as well. For example, he states internet has "transformed somewhat into a fuax social experience." What he means by this, is that some children simply do not know the difference between what is true and what isn't true on the internet. He also mentions computers in today's society and says that it is "robbing students today of mathematical skills." If a child knows he/she can use a calculator instead of having to learn the skill so they know how to do it, they are going to choose the easier route by using a calculator to figure it out. Sure, these computers, calculators, and technology are very useful as Stroll states, but they are providing an easy way out for students learning. I thought this book was going to be extremely boring, but it wasn't a horrible read which really surprised me. He had a lot of great points in the book about technology in the classroom, something that would be very useful in every school system. I also think it would be great for computer teachers/computer classrooms in elementary and high school to review the past and the present and how they are similar. Overall, Stroll did a very good job writing about technology in today's classrooms!Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted December 3, 2012
Michael Adkins EDEL 302-003 Dr. Schack In his book High Tech He
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EDEL 302-003 Dr. Schack
In his book High Tech Heretic: Reflections of a Computer Contrarian, Clifford Stoll raises the issue of the Internet’s empowering capabilities for the common man. Through the resources found on the net any person can log on and become an editor or publisher of a page that would probably never be published anywhere but the Internet. According to Stoll’s argument this empowerment given by the Internet actually weakens the reliability and critical prowess of the World Wide Web.
Stoll also believes that the Internet, being an activity that one can partake in alone, has transformed somewhat into a faux social experience. He makes a good point by say that every minute spent online in one of these social media sites is time that is lost for the fostering of true social interaction with real people. Stoll also has a place in his heart for libraries, and does not like changes involving purchase of CD ROMs and computers. He notes that computers and media technology are obsolete in five to ten years, but that many communities have incurred 30 year debts to purchase such equipment, frequently by reducing or eliminating new book acquisitions. He also has distaste for streaming videos via the web.
I agree with Stoll, when he states that the form of the net is such that people forget the content, assuming that quality content will follow. The more people have license to post whatever they choose on the web, the more that we will have less reliable materials on the web and the more difficult it will be to find such materials.
Stoll has a lot of people detracting his comments and ideas about where the technology will have our society in the next generations to come. Many people believe that he is completely against the rise of technology, when I believe that he is just trying to say that these resources are being misused. In my opinion the people who are against Stoll’s thoughts and opinions on this subject matter are essentially those who are so absorbed in the technology itself that it would be very unlikely that they were to read this book or really think about what he is trying to say.
I found this to be a very thought provoking read. I believe that anyone involved in the education of children, parents and teachers alike, and those involved in developing the Internet and the technology we have at our disposal should give this book a chance and really think about what Stoll is trying to say.
Posted May 8, 2012
Sarah Ramsey EDEL 302 I just finished reading Clifford Stoll&rsq
Sarah Ramsey EDEL 302Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
I just finished reading Clifford Stoll’s High Tech Heretic. Stoll is a well known author who wrote two novels I have actually not read. High Tech Heretic is a novel discussing the use of computers in a classroom. Stoll has amazing points in this novel, he says that computer equipment is more expensive and becomes outdated quicker therefore the use of computers over textbooks is a misguided placement of funds. I also agree with his statement that having computers in a classroom eliminates the human interaction.
The editing in this novel needed some work. He goes off on a rampage and there seems to be no organization. He bounces around and repeats himself. Also I did not see correct citations for the references to studies, and software that he referred to frequently. I feel like he needed to peer review or something, it was almost hard to read it was so unorganized. I had a hard time following the text. His main points were good and I wish I could have followed along better. I also think he needs a better idea of what the “perfect” teacher would be. He seems to have no idea what a real teacher is. He seems to think that a great teacher can’t include computers. I understand why he says that field trips are such a good idea, because hands on is such a better way to learn than just having the students sitting behind a desk looking at a computer screen, however he does not seem to take into consideration that a computer could enhance the field trips and even be used as a back-up plan if something falls through. Field trips cost a lot of money and time, and they can always be rained out, then what happens? If there was a computer present you can always look up a virtual tour or show pictures.
I really wish this book was better written, it would be such a good book for teachers to read. It is so true that technology is taking over in today’s society and we need to be aware and not over use and completely depend on computers in our everyday lives and classrooms.
Posted May 1, 2012
I have read the book “High-Tech Heretic” by Clifford
I have read the book “High-Tech Heretic” by Clifford Stoll, This book is out technology in the classroom and it brought a lot of things to my attention. Stoll points out that teachers depend on computers too much and I agree completely! Stoll states that technology in the classroom just takes up time. I have been in plenty of classes in which I must agree with this statement. Most of my teachers depend on the smart board for daily power points that they have created off of the web that go along with the text book or on their computer at their own desktops that are uploaded to the classroom smart board to present to the class. There have been days when the computer wouldn’t turn on or work right and the smart board was acting up and my COLLEGE teachers have let us out early because they have nothing else planned for us to do. This blows my mind! Teachers really do depend on technology too much and this book truly points this statement out. Teachers no longer use books for resources but they use YouTube videos and other websites, children are soon not going to be able to read a book from front to back. Most students if they were asked to read a book, would probably just get online and read peoples’ reviews rather than reading it themselves and absorbing every single word and concept in the book.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Stoll says in the book High-Tech Heretic that libraries are being talked about being completely online. I do agree with using our resources and our current world does give us a various amounts of online resources, the world is at our fingertips! But, Is this a good thing? You no longer have to work to get a project done, which makes it impossible to know the real and true intelligence of a student. This book definitely brought up some good points and made me rethink a lot of my future lesson plans. I agree with Stoll in a lot of ways but I do also believe that we should use our resources to a certain extent. So maybe I wont use technology every day in my future classroom, I will take them to the library more than the computer lab because in my eyes, one can learn ten times more from reading a book rather than an article online. Seeing all of the distractions and having to filter what the mind endures, is difficult so sitting down with a book and nothing else to distract the student, no pop ups, no other social networking sites, will do the student’s good!
This book definitely brought some things to my attention and I recommend that every teacher or future teacher should read it!
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