Do you think teacher may eventually be second to WWW?

During spring break I got to babysit my two younger cousins before we left for a family party. My one real job besides making sure they didn’t kill each other over toys was to get them dressed. Without Youtube I would have failed. Both their outfits were left with ties to match and I never had to tie a tie in my life before this moment. Luckily I ran to my trusty ol’computer and within the span of one video I was a tie-tying machine. In the Living and Learning with New Media:Summary of Findings from the Digital Youth Project the authors talk about the “self-directed learning” aspect of digital youth generation. (2) With a few click of some buttons I was able to learn a new skill and I know many people our age and younger who do the same, so do you think that physical teachers may eventually be second to the world wide web? 

4 thoughts on “Do you think teacher may eventually be second to WWW?”

  1. I do not think that teachers will ever be second to WWW, but I do believe that our reliance and use of the WWW in classrooms will change. Teachers are invaluable to an education, and for more than just the knowledge they provide. The nature of having a figure in charge of a classroom providing us with knowledge, much like our parent figures in our youth, and potentially like our bosses or higher-ups in our professions. Having a classroom also fosters discussion among students and needed social interaction. Learning how to communicate with others, of varying authorities, helps a student/child grow. With a reliance on the web for knowledge and teaching, I feel as if there is some literacies being lost.

  2. No, I do not believe that physical teachers will ever be fully replaced by the internet. The classroom is a place where students attempt to comprehend and learn about complex areas of study. A teacher serves as an authority on whatever subject is being studied, and is there to help students better understand and assimilate what they read in textbooks and on the internet. Without the aid of a teacher, concepts, ideologies,and information is easily lost in translation. Though the internet is an incredibly convenient resource, it will never be able to replace a teacher’s ability to elucidate material.

    However, I do agree with Maharsi that our reliance and use of the internet in classrooms will change. As I mentioned above, the internet provides us with convenient solutions to a lot of logistical problems. In the future, it may arise that classes are conducted explicitly over skype or some other video software to make it easier for all students to attend class. While this technically deprives students of the teacher being physically present, it still provides them with an interface through which they can communicate with their teacher as they learn.

  3. As it has been previously stated by my classmates, the web is now woven into our everyday lives. We use it for everything; from looking up directions to chatting with friends and family that live far away. Sometimes, it is impossible to see how we once survived without the web.

    Although we learn a lot from the web and the amazing things it offers, I find it hard to believe that it might reach a day when it surpasses teachers. With technology as our sole source of education, we would lose the personal connection that is created between student and teacher as well as the bonds made between classmates. With the computer as our educator, there would be no need for classrooms because you could learn at home. Also, working on a computer is very hard to do as a group, so many of the activities would be individual, thereby hindering the child’s ability to learn networking skills and build friendships. I also feel that many aspects of learning would be inhibited with this style of teaching. For example, one would not be able to learn interpersonal skills that will not only help them succeed in their classroom, but also outside the classroom, and in their future endeavors. Also, without a teacher figure, it would be very difficult to recognize patterns observed in each student, such as writing style, obstacles they are facing in a specific subject, behavior patterns, etc. When these problems arise, a student will most likely not want to go to a computer for help. There are limitations in what one can find on the web, and the computer is going to lack the compassion and possibly the ability to help the student in a beneficial way, especially if they are looking for help in a subject like writing. For these reasons, I believe that teachers will still be needed; they will just have to either find a way around the web or find a way to effectively incorporate it into their classroom.

  4. The world wide web is a beautiful thing. Information is everywhere and just a click away. However, I do not think it will ever be able to replace teachers. Agreeing with some of the previous replies, I do think the technology we encounter will get better and better as we go along in the years, but it will never replace teachers, it might get close, but never replace.

    I say this for two reasons and one of the reason is because of something we discussed on Tuesday. One being that kids will always be distracted by the technology that is around them especially when they introduced to a new technology..they will never want to put it down and it can easily distract them from what they should be learning in class. Also, I find that the nature of the class depends on how important technology can be. I can see for reading classes that technology would be good because almost all readings are online and it would be beneficial to not waste so much paper. For an art class though technology would be useless because it is a hands on type of class. Additionally in Developmental Psych, we are learning about types of learning and how effective they can be on small children. There was a test that had a teacher in person and then an online teacher. The results showed that the teacher in person was more important in conveying the lesson that needed to be learned to the child. So, I do not see the WWW replacing anything in the near future.

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