• Gertrude Bear on July 2, 2022 at 7:39 pm said:
    Debate 8 Online education is detrimental to the social and academic development of children.
    In Canada is there too much digital access their play places and people still using the Internet with electronics. I agree there is a degree of health impacts and concerns. For example, distractions are a great concern for elementary students with too much electronic Internet use. This in turn creates issues of isolation and it also leads to lack of outdoor physical activity. Especially for elementary students. It is also said to be an imperfect substitute for online learning. There is a level of inequality for online users. I see the level of distractions with my own grandchildren period it is becoming a bad habit to be so engrossed by the internet period i also agree with the disagree side because of the areas of flexibility, small groups, time, fewer distractions/ are key to adult learning online I’m not versed are informed for students and their children because they do not see it first hand or daily

    Technology, She Wrote


    I was part of the “agree” side for the debate topic “online schooling is detrimental to the academic and social development of students.”

    Some of our main debate points were:

    • Online schooling impedes socialization, which is particularly harmful for students in primary and elementary school
    • Online schooling is particularly troublesome for our at-risk students who depend on schools as their “safe place”
    • Online schooling has only limited options for PAA and other hands-on classes
    • Online schooling leads to social isolation, which is detrimental to students with mental health challenges
    • Online schooling increases students’ screen time which has adverse health effects
    • Online schooling serves to exacerbate the digital divide

    The “disagree” side had the following points:

    • Online schooling provides flexible learning opportunities
    • Online schooling allows students to take greater ownership over their own learning
    • Online schooling more readily allows for interest-based learning
    • Online schooling allows students to develop and improve…

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    CommentDebate 7 In education and schools, are they responsible for developing a digital footprint or helping to students TO CREATE a digital footprint? WE need TO TEACH appropriate digital skills to ward off long term consequences. There must be less reactive responses and more preventative measures. This is the agree side the discussion was to cultivate positive digital front print to have more community involvement to achieve positive digital footprints foster change in the digital technological policy. There were also major concerns with parental sharing of digital information prior to entering school. Another area of concern was the proper instruction for educators when relied upon to teach the digital aspect of technology with their students. The onus that parents who shared their child’s technology / digital information does not leave teachers at an advantage because it is already “footprinted on the internet”. So how do we address the issue?
    On the disagree side we need more security with kids on the internet. There is lack of parental control and mechanisms in place for children and the teacher need the digital skills to adapt with students today. With teachers there needs to be advanced training for the 21st century. The training and specific skills taught to parents and students will rectify problems and curb the “foot printing” and add a more positive presence for universally for all involved. The controlled environment with properly explained rules and guidelines will be taught universally to ADDRESS current and future problems,
    I ENJOYED the debate on both sides, and I often was not aware of the greater problem. I have become aware and I will continue to seek or address online foot printing that is safe for all involved/ Thank you for your input and hard work/

  • Britney Savage – Secondary Educator

    Online learning is fairly current, and after the pandemic it is becoming more and more common. That being said, there is not a lot of data surrounding the negatives and positives of online learning, and a lot of the resources were pandemic based. The term online education is a broad term, whereas it could mean taking one or two classes (supplementary learning) or fully emerged online. Our group, which was the agree side, took it to be fully online and not in a face-to-face setting using supplementary online learning. Secondly, the term detrimental is a very strong word especially encompassing all children. That being said, online learning can be detrimental to social and academic development of some children.

    Hang on tight! I have a LOT to say about this topic.

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  • debate #5 debate #5 titled social media is ruining childhood they agree side discussed topics like social media dominated, negative influence, and cyber bully. It was linked to social media use. I agree that these issues always come back to the parent first and the teacher second. Their awareness issues that need to be apart of the automatic essential teachings before a person uses social media or technology. I think the permission to access technology or social media is fundamental to reduce the ongoing problems. I’m not saying it is ruining childhood but it plays a key part in a large number of families lives and it’s and the scenario are the example is it’s like candy or a babysitter. There are rules when we give out candy and there are stricter rules when we have a babysitter. Although tablets laptops and some phones have become the new babysitter for the disagree side it was discussed about controversial debates, context electronic communication, community collaboration, face to face, and open and creative communities, social and emotional barriers, bonding and the marginalized population, we need to address good parenting with technology we need to have parental limits we need to be informed with technological informed about the technological loopholes bouts Lang Lang slang language and addictions to technology. It was said childhood changes with age, groups and with decades and now centuries, this gives rise to create more awareness of technology, issues not only acceptable but safety not only acceptance but safety parameters, protective routines, and stricter accessibility rules within the home and within the school.

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    I was very nervous when we started our debate and my nerves ran high until the end of class. I was so in the mind set of go, that when we broke into break out groups for the second debate my brain hadn’t caught up and I thought I was in the debaters room. Needless to say my fellow students were greatly confused by my concerned “I don’t think I’m supposed to be in this room.” Well that’s in the past and I can now hang that anecdote on a collection of other embarrassing moments.

    As with many of us I was a little late signing up and ended up going for an argument I didn’t totally agree with. I do feel that real world connections are important and can create stronger, and in some cases more honest, bond. Films like also created a anger towards the…

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  • Debate number 3 school should no longer teach skills that can easily be carried out by technology in my vote I disagree the article quote school is boring and irrelevant UN quote the students need innovative skills and need motivation to succeed they also need to be competitive in a globalized workforce they need to be able to create and be apart of innovative driven economy end. The old school ways are in today’s society vintage but vintage is worth money today old way of school with every aspect of sub subject of learning needs to be brought back. In order to learn with technology to keep kids creative, motivated and keep them exceling in their learning. Thus reducing the idea that quote school is boring and irrelevant UN quote I think this article is portraying a teachers complacent attitude towards teaching and their lack of technological skills. A renewed passion for teaching and a robust fever from learning students who are willing to motivate to learn and to create. This will lead to motivating their peers also. The article gives awareness to terminology like menial tasks. Intrinsic motivation, deep insight and wisdom, creative abilities, and technology is essential to society. I think the debate was presented well with good articles. It offered great information and it reminded me of my difficulties with technology in my day and age. I also think of the positives for young people to excel and create the best things possible with technology, that will advance their age and knowledge. Another idea from the disagree debate I was listening to spelling errors grammatical error age old negative impact technical availability I think technology reduces grammatical error. The critical thinking skills are more actively addressed with repetition of skills and old school teaching, using technology teaches but not effectively as all school teaching by repeatedly teaching skills to read write and create I think electronic handwriting is adaptable but handwriting with real hands is a skill that needs to be repeatedly learned in order to master it. It was a great debate and I learned some new terminology and I learn some new ideas and I was very grateful for all the information thank you

    McKenna's Corner

    Before I launch this blog post, I’d love to give credit to our opposition, Leah and Sushmeet. They did a fantastic job presenting the facts, and Leah raised some excellent points during our back and forth that stumped me a few times! 

    Debates are enjoyable, but as someone who enjoys making a competition out of everything in life, I found myself more wound up about basic skills than I thought I would be. Reflecting with my group mates and opponent after I had decided it would not matter what side of the debate I was on. I would have felt passionate about it because I like to win. That is not what these debates are about, but that is a retrospective view, not my feelings, as we were skillfully trying to persuade our classmates with our statistics and readings. 

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  • Debate #2- technology has lead to a more equitable society- I disagree

    Article One: A social media weapon for good. The attacks highlighted in this article and the students speaking out on social media is evident that there are greater problems for youth. They are speaking out on social media.  This reflects a strong voice for the youth involved in this attack. It also speaks to the injustice of people in the world, from terror attacks, mental health terrorist attacks. This article also highlights the gaping holes and missing solutions to effectively address these fundamental issues.

    These articles were an interesting view of Technology and the need for restructuring, greater vision and solutions to create an equitable situation for all.

  • Summary of Learning Experience by Gertrude Bear

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  • Debate #1 -Technology in the classroom enhances learning – I Agree
    that technology has advance our society, but it is used by choice in daily lives. With Internet Censoring, it is allowed unless by request. The article quote: ” Internet is a powerful engine of focus” which is dependent on the individual. It is their choice to use the power of the search engine to aid in their learning. Overall it creates a vast learning environment if everyone follows the rules and makes the important decision to learn. For persons with inequitable situations or disabilities it can change their lives with assistive technology, they are able to self pace and learn.