Good Reads | High Tech Heretic


Clifford Stoll’s High Tech Heretic

1. What is the one major point from this work that I would like to remember?

The point of this book that I would like to remember is that even thought the internet provides a lot of information, it does not mean that all of it is good information. The author described the internet being the McDonalds of information where the information is “cheap and fast” instead of being “good and cheap” such as libraries and “good and fast” with Lexis-Nexis or the DowJones Online. Another point that I would like to remember are the statistics about kids being isolated by the internet. The statistics that show that people are becoming more shy and the more you stay online the more you get depressed scared me, but they are all so real. The use of the internet as a replacement for human interaction should not be emphasized, and as educational professionals with should make sure that kids have positive and healthy interactions in school to develop their social abilities.

Page reference = 203. “With more virtual reality overtaking real reality, we’re losing ordinary social skills and common social situations are becoming more awkward” says Stanford psychology professor Dr. Phillip ZImbardo.

2. In my opinion, what are the educational implications of the work?

The implications of this work are to make people aware that while computers and internet can be helpful in schools they are not an educational miracle. Just as other technologies were developed and were thought out as being the next big thing, the internet offers limitations and can be dangerous for providing unreliable and untrue facts to students who don’t know how to discern between good and bad sources.

3. What are the personal implications of the work?

As a professional I need to make sure that my students know to filter through the information they get on the internet so they are reliable. As a professor, not only I will ask them to conduct research, but I will point out how the internet sometimes is not reliable. Also, I will work on my presentations and make sure that when I present I don’t rely as much on the contents of my PowerPoint slides. The author was so enthusiastic about how people should present the material with emotion and give the audience more than bullet points on a screen that I got extremely motivated to become a better presenter/speaker.

4. What questions does this work raise for me in my present situation?

After reading this book, I am mainly concerned about the effects of the presence of internet and computers in our daily lives and how that presence will change human interactivity in 10 or 20 years. Can schools do something about that? Would more recess time help with kids’ social interactions? Should we have human interaction classes when issues surface? Who are the people responsible for emphasizing these interactions: teachers or parents?

5. If the author were available for dialogue, what question(s) would I ask?

The first questions would be: have you replaced the koi with other actual goldfish? Besides that, I would ask him:

  • Do you think that teachers should act against computers in schools?
  • Do you think that parents should act against computers in school?
  • Do you think that the effects of having computers in classrooms (if negative on the long run) could be reversed?

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