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Note-Taking on the Laptops, the College Students’ Writing Abilities Had Deteriorated

Just like I had said before: as the technologies got smarter, people become DUMBER!!! From the Newspapers, translated…

The electronics had invaded the college campuses, in class, the students no longer put their pens to paper, instead, they’d lowered their heads, kept their eyes on their laptops, as they took notes, as they’d gone into the classrooms, they’d sat down, take out their laptops, iPads, cell phones, those who were typing, “sliding”, filming are all in action. There are even college students who pointed out that almost HALF of their classes are now, composed of those who used electronic devices to take notes in class.

The technical university student, Yang stated, that there are almost half of the members of his class who are using cell phones, to record the professors’ lectures, or used their iPads, their laptops, to take notes, and, only a quarter of his classmates are still writing the notes by hand.

A student from Danjian University, Wu pointed out, that out her class of ten, only three are still taking notes by hand in class, the rest are using iPads or laptops to do it. But now, some of the professors had stated that the students can’t use their laptops for their research reports, and even IF you’d found the answers on google, you still must write the answers down by hand, “at least, go through the processes of reading, and recording down one’s findings.”

The Taiwanese Teacher’s University grad student, Huang said, some of the instructors at the graduate level would NOT allow their students to bring a laptop to class, fearing that they might be working on something unrelated to the class, or, surfing on Facebook, but, on the undergrad level, it would be harder, for the professors to keep track.

The student, Chen from Poli-Sci University, said, the students who are easily distracted in class, it wouldn’t matter IF they have a laptop or not, using a laptop to take notes in class, it’s easier, to e-mail it to the classmates, and, one can look up materials that the professor’s lecturing on for further understanding, “back then, we’d lowered our heads to take notes, and, every time we’re done writing, we’d forgotten, what the professor just lectured us on.”

The NTU graduate student, Jiang stated, that in graduate course, half of his classmates are typing up the notes, and, in the in-class presentations, they’d used powerpoint. After you’d gotten used to typing, it would take you longer, to write every single word out, other than not being familiar with the writing tools, you must think hard, on how to write some of the characters too.

We’re writing less and less by hand, a lot of college students don’t have great penmanship. A student, Wu, from a private university in the southern strips told, that over seventy-percent of her classmates are using laptops to take the notes in class, and, during the day, other than signing for the delivered packages or filling out the doctor’s slips at the health center, there is little opportunity, for one, to write, “My hands would start to tremble when I write, and I’d write so illegibly.”

Yang told, that typing up the characters will cause the handwritings to become slow, and it’d made our language abilities deteriorate too.

He’d stated, that some friends’ writing are truly illegible, and the fonts are varied, “they wrote like kids who’d just begun to learn how to write”. A lot of college students loved writing online, but, they couldn’t use the characters in the right ways.

And once again, this, is the EFFECTS of being TOO reliant on modern day technologies, you’d become DETERIORATED, in what you should know how to do, and, if this “trend” keeps going, then, the world is totally SCREWED here!

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The Parents Got Too Taken with Their Cell Phones, the Kids Learned to Become Aloof

Call it chain reaction here, from the Front Page Sections, translated…

“Teacher, after I watched the nightly news last night, I couldn’t fall asleep.” “I will feel unsafe when I have to ride on the MRT from here on out”………these couple of days, I’d often heard the conversations of the children, filled with unsettlement and fear.

This event that SHOCKED the society had affected the elementary school children, made them fearful, and it’d damaged their psyche too.

After the events, there had been many discussions, and, other than being scared, the elementary level children had copied the words from the media, “Did you HACK anybody today yet?”, it’d made the instructors worry: the media’s detailed descriptions of the events had become something that the children modeled after.

On top of that, other than talking about violent games, we should also look into parent-child interactions.  The child had mentioned, “I’d ask dad to play ball with me, he told me he was busy, but I saw him playing games on his cell.”  If the parents are taken with the world of cell phones, and coldly rejected the child’s invitation to play, how, can the children NOT model after the parents’ behaviors?

I’d often seen in the restaurants, two to three year olds, playing on the tabloids, sitting quietly by the parents’ sides.  Can cell phone really replace the accompaniment of the parents?  Or, did it create a less emotional, a more distant next generation of children?

Other than, “How did you do on your exams”, “Did you finish your homework”, “Did you eat yet”, what’s remaining of the conversations between you and your offspring?  The parents should consider this: how long ago was it, that you had a heart-to-heart with the children?  Did you spend more time, playing on your cell phones than accompanying your offspring?

As an elementary school instructor, I suggest that parents spend MORE time, talking with their children, use a positive attitude, to help and accompany children through the difficulties in their lives.  The functions of the parents are irreplaceable, do NOT give your kids to the cell phones and the cram schools.

And so, this instructor’s worries ARE warranted too, I mean, a LOT of parents now are playing on their cell phones, and NOT interacting with their children, and, guess how those kids who were raised by those kinds of parents would turn out?  Will they, uh, talk to their kids?  Read them their bed times?  I think N-O-T, because children still learn from W-A-T-C-H-I-N-G their adult counterparts, and, AS their primary attachment figures (yes, I’m talking to Y-O-U: mommies AND daddies out there!!!), start paying attention to your offspring, and yeah, that, is an O-R-D-E-R!!!

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