EC&I830, Take the Wheel, Take It From My Autopilot, ‘Cause I Can’t Do This On My Own, I’m Letting Go…

Debate #3: Schools should no longer teach skills that can be easily carried out by technology (e.g., cursive writing, multiplication tables, spelling).

Week #4: Post #1

Coming in Hot!

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Okay, I had to take some time and really cool down after this debate. I’m not sure if it is because it was our group that was involved in the debate, or if it is because I in fact do feel very strongly about this blog prompt, or if it is a combination of both, but gosh I still feel amped up a day later. A special shout-out to Leah, as I know that earlier in the semester she had volunteered to be moved from the topic she had signed up for, to this one so that Sushmeet wasn’t alone. Also, I appreciated how Katia was able to take some feedback that she received about the debates last week, to change things up to make things run more smoothly and to keep the topics flowing and the debates moving. So, a special thanks to her as well. The new format seemed to work a lot better, and people were using the chat to engage in dialogue outside of the main speaking roles.

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Tech Equity is as Real as it Gets, and There’s No Way Around it… There’s a Road that’s Been Through Hell, and Tech Equity has Been Down It…

Debate #2: Technology has Led to a More Equitable Society
(Week #3: Post #2)

Some Initial Thoughts

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I almost feel a bit pessimistic here lately on the old blog, as again this is a statement that I disagree with. Unlike the other one where if the wording was altered even in the slightest I could see myself changing my mind, however, with this one, I have to say that again I have to disagree with this statement even before the debaters have a chance to argue their sides.

For this debate, we have 6 people total, 3 on each side. For the Hip-Hip-Horray Side (agree with side), we hear from Tracy, Nicole W, and Stephen. On the No Way! Side (disagree side) we hear from Christina, Amaya, and Matt. This is an especially interesting debate for me, as this originally was the statement that I tried to sign up for under the disagree side as I feel quite strongly about it right from the get-go. Before hearing some of my thoughts, I want to summarize some of the main points that each group brought forward.

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I Don’t Want to Be a One-Man Band, I Don’t Want to Enhance Learning with Tech Alone…

Debate #1: Technology Enhances Learning

(Week #3: Post #1)

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A Little Background

Before even getting started summarizing the first debate, I have to say that both sides did a great job and what a task it is going first. Even though they went first and had no other group to compare themselves to, or to spark ideas from, I think that they did a really great job and it was no simple task. The first debate topic was: “Technology in the classroom enhances learning.” There were two people on each side of this debate: Megan and Brittney M were for the agree on side, and Nicole and Daryl were for the disagree side.

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