Traditional vs Digital-School Life (Pt.4)

May 8, 2018

 

 

 

When we are asked to picture the future, we imagine a city filled with technology—flying space ships, automatic robots, and the fascinating, perhaps even terrifying, 'brains' of artificial intelligence. In the last 50 years, numerous life-changing technological advancements have been made. Computers have changed from large heavy pieces of machinery to small, thin everyday items, which sometimes even come with touch screens! This might seem not that new for most of us, but for our elders, this modern world seems very new and advanced. However, traces of the 'old' world can be spotted as well; especially those ancient traditions passed down from our ancestors. In some situations, these new, somewhat futuristic pieces of technology are very useful in helping us. In other situations, however, it is best to just stick with the old method to avoid making things even more complicated. Here are some (more) examples of new things that could be spotted in school...

Science is an important part of both technological development and school, so we'll start looking there. Tasks such as researching are made much more easy thanks to something that we are all probably quite familiar with by now: the internet. Search engines such as Google and Yahoo allow us to search for specific information out of a seemingly infinite amount of webpages and websites. Researching now requires only the click of a few buttons instead of hours of searching for it in a sea of books. Digital devices can now measure things more accurately, such as digital thermometers and scales. These devices could measure certain things to a certain degree of accuracy, which is sometimes very useful when you want to get better results for your experiment. Thanks to technology, all of this is possible.

However, it is always good to use old pieces of technology. For example, learning how to read a non-digital thermometer instead of just relying on the computer all the time could mean that you can still carry on your experiment even if something's goes wrong (for example power outage). Another problem is that using any sort of robots would mean a high price, what with the need for maintenance, etc. Another problem with robots is that when they've malfunctioned once, their reliability could be questioned. Therefore, sometimes it is just better to use equipment that doesn't use electricity and stick with the old, especially if it is just some simple experiment at school that doesn't require that much accuracy.

Although, robots are nothing new, old pieces of technology aren't completely abandoned just yet, since both have their own advantages and disadvantages. While some of these factors may outweigh others in some occasions, in some situations we might need to choose between both. When that happens, it all depends on your personal opinion. However, we could be quite sure that technology is not going to just stop here, and with new technology coming and old traditions being removed, I think we need to take some time to appreciate what our ancestors have left us before traces of the old world disappear completely.

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