… that too much of the excitement surrounding podcasting is excitement about technology itself, not about demonstrated improvements in student learning. (Deal, 2007) According to my personal observation, the reason that some people buy a popular 3C product is not because they really need it. It is because they don’t want other people to laugh at that they are low-tech and just want to follow the trend. Most of them are females. (It’s not gender discrimination; it’s just what I have seen)
Take one of my friends for example. She always says that e-books, e-journal, or e-articles cannot replace hard-copy books, because she says all screens hurt reader’s eyes. They make people’s eyes uncomfortable. However, when we talk about iPad, although she has never used iPad, she can list a lot of advantages. Such as people can read articles anytime and anywhere or people don’t need to carry a heavy laptop or hard-copy books. However, iPad still uses LCD. Its displaying technology is the same as most laptops’. Also, she wants to buy one, because she says she doesn’t need to carry the laptop.
In some cases or most cases, private companies create some kinds of needs. They sell a product to people who really don’t need it. However, they make some kind of image that if you buy their products, you are a high-tech person or you are upper class people in the society. Unfortunately, a lot of people buy in.
When we apply technology to education, we should think about whether it is necessary. I disagree that we create demand for education. We should apply technology, not be operated by technology.
Deal, Ashley (2007, June). Podcasting. A Teaching With Technology White Paper. Educause. Retrieved on June 25, 2010, from http://connect.educause.edu/files/CMU_Podcasting_Jun07.pdf