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Is Technology Producing A Decline In Critical Thinking And Analysis? - 0 views

  • Schools should make more effort to test students using visual media, she said, by asking them to prepare PowerPoint presentations, for example.

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      This statement makes me think she doesn't understand what technology should be used for.
  • Schools should make more effort to test students using visual media, she said, by asking them to prepare PowerPoint presentations, for example.
    • Michael Walker
       
      Use this quote as evidence that she has no idea what she's talking about.
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    Is Technology Producing A Decline In Critical Thinking And
    Analysis?


    ScienceDaily (Jan. 29, 2009) - As technology
    has played a bigger role in our lives, our skills in critical thinking and
    analysis have declined, while our visual skills have improved, according to
    research by Patricia Greenfield, UCLA distinguished professor of psychology and
    director of the Children's Digital Media Center, Los Angeles.



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    Learners have changed as a result of their exposure to technology, says
    Greenfield, who analyzed more than 50 studies on learning and technology,
    including research on multi-tasking and the use of computers, the Internet and
    video games. Her research was published this month in the journal Science.

    Reading for pleasure, which has declined among young people in recent
    decades, enhances thinking and engages the imagination in a way that visual
    media such as video games and television do not, Greenfield said.

    How much should schools use new media, versus older techniques such as
    reading and classroom discussion?

    "No one medium is good for everything," Greenfield said. "If we want to
    develop a variety of skills, we need a balanced media diet. Each medium has
    costs and benefits in terms of what skills each develops."

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