The Good Electronic Games and the School Environment

We live in times of rapid and unpredictable changes. The demands of contemporary life go beyond everything that traditional school can provide for students. School does not prepare for life, since it is real life itself. In this world, young people will have to renew themselves, to constantly change throughout their professional lives. Hence, it is necessary to rethink school learning. Education will have tremendous change in the coming decades. Learning will take place only in places where we will employ carefully designed educational tools in the spirit of today’s world.

Electronic games are among the favorite leisure activities of young people. Let’s remember that leisure can mean simple fun, but its primary meaning is recreation, encouragement and inspiration. In other words, it is use of time for high purposes, that is, recreate or renew the mind and heart. In addition to changes in the school environment, aiming at a more modern and healthier environment, the ideal lesson in the classroom today is the one that looks like research. Whenever possible it will connect the class with the problems that need to be solved now. Education needs to be a more flexible experience, adapting itself to kids and young people experiences and learning styles, instead of the other way around.

There are many bad electronic games as well as many bad books. Good games are spaces for solving problems. They improve problem-solving skills and improve social skills. They emphasize the search for creative solutions and provide opportunity for collaboration. They create opportunities for complex learning experiences. They can help students to understand the world and its history and also to express their life story properly. It would be nice to see all the students studying to learn how to apply knowledge to the real world. And not just to pass exams.

The new digital technologies allow the users to create situations that simulate those of community and city life. Simulation means experimenting with a model. The good game enriches the learning experience with personal and social meanings. Good electronic games encourage teamwork and cooperation when played with others. Researchers point out that these games increase children’s self-confidence and self-esteem. Finding solutions to their problems and those of their community is what will develop interpersonal intelligence and perception. As they learn to articulate their personal narrative and share it with others, they end up realizing that various situations are collective. And this can make a difference in their lives. In this way, they can have a creative relationship with the society in which they live.

Technology and Freedom; Good or Evil?

Many say that technology is evil in some way, they will tell us that technology limits us and takes away our freedoms. Those who oppose technology live in the fear of change, but will not address their fears, rather condemn our species forward advancement into the future. The demand a Utopia, but squash those who research and study to make it so. They will attack the entrepreneurs, engineers, scientists and those who cheer them on.

Yet if we look closely at the facts we find that technology can give you freedoms. It can also take them away. But mankind has been enslaving people anyway without technology and at times offered them their freedom either by decree, sword or guillotine. So let’s also understand that too, just like money is not evil rather a unit of trade; so you see the other side?

When the first automobiles started moving the horse and buggies out of the way, everyone condemned them, until they bought one and saw the new freedoms and ease of travel. If everyone had a horse and buggy today we would have so much horse crap in the streets we would all die of disease and the number of flies would increase 1,000-fold.

Technology of today could not have been imagined in the wildest dreams of those living in the fourteenth century. Yet today we can image the future of technology in fact I would like technology to record my dreams for instance, so I can replay the good ones, or start the sequence to start where I left off. I would like to use technology to help me so I could do this and use this dream state to answer questions I have and work on complex thoughts. So, why not allow the technology to help me do what I do that much better?

Technology is no more evil than an airplane to help us travel, a radio to listen to the news or an ultra-thin iPod to allow us to listen to our favorite music while riding our mountain bike on the trails, roller-blading through the park or standing in line at the department of motor vehicles. In fact if the Department of Motor Vehicles had their act together and made better use of technology, we would not have to wait in line at all. Think about it.

Future Concepts and Modern Advances in Technology; Good or Bad?

Many Humanists and Scientists argue that our technology and civilization is out pacing evolution by a huge margin. They point to our tribalistic, band and small group human history that we survived with for hundreds of thousands of years is no longer anything similar to our modern societies. Indeed to argue against this fact would be futile as it is so. However we seem to for the most part done very well as out human populations swells around the planet.

Humanists will ask and one recently did; “Doesn’t it make more sense to be who we are and develop our true, and in my view powerful abilities (i.e. to communicate with each other through the energy fields that connect us without technology, to create with our minds a reality that is truly self sustaining, to connect with each other and rid the entire human species of the negative beliefs that are undermining us all etc…)?”

Well indeed he sure has brought up a huge question worthy of discussion. However let me take a crack at this question as I answer in the negative to his assumptions;

“NO. Because why should you choose one or the other, why not both. Have the capability and develop lost skills, while simultaneously using our brains to invent better technologies to improve on the human design. We do not have time for evolution to take its sweet time. You know you are talking about talking the species back to the stoneage, yet who would that really serve. We need sewer treatment plants, fresh water and energy for things. Not that they are totally necessary, but they have certainly improved life from other civilization of the last let’s say 5000 years anyway. Perhaps ancient cultures die previously have great advances and may have been extremely well adapted civilizations without all this fluff. Yet who is to say that was better and why should we make that decision for all humanity, as humanity has spoken and voted with their consumer dollar and well, they want all this stuff.”

As far as the observations of human civilizations in the present period and the dummying down of the population base; well now that they cannot function without all these modern technologies, they very much need it and cannot feel fulfilled without out it. Myself, well I could go without many of the modern amenities.

Humans need a challenge and advancement and forward progression of the species does provide that challenge. After all; why does someone climb a mountain? It is there and it is a challenge. Many including myself like challenges, creating stuff and inventing things, so why not? Using technology to help mankind along in his journey to create better, strong and better civilizations is wise. And as mankind reaches a place of heaven on Earth, with more leisure time and the Utopia we desire, who is anyone to say that technology is an evil to the human race? Think on that.