Manifesto: David Kistler

David Kistler Personal Manifesto

Due to the distractions digital technologies offer, college students should limit their use of said technologies in the classroom.

With internet access available on so many devices, these days, students are always tempted. These temptations do not last long because students will eventually check their phones, emails or Facebook. Giving into the technology causes distractions in the classroom for the professor, classmate and even the student using the devices. Adopting this statement is an easy one because there is no need to use digital technologies in the classroom, unless the whole class is using them for a particular class. The distractions that these devices cause can be avoided and would benefit both the student and other members of their class. I am adopting this statement because having digital technologies in the classroom are not beneficial for anyone. There are those individuals that will argue against this statement saying that they are using these devices to take notes or that they have their books online. I would argue that this is only a small percentage of the people that use digital technologies in class and regardless of the functionality the temptations are still present. Adopting this idea would have minimal effects on society because the only thing they would be giving up is their digital technologies for the time they are in class. Everyone has experienced the annoyance of other student using their computers or texting during the middle of class. This statement should be adopted because if these distractions are eliminated the classroom will migrated back to a place for learning, instead of a place where people sit and chat or text while they should be learning. (http://www.nextgenjournal.com/2012/09/college-students-teachers-laptops-technology-distracting-classroom/)

We, as a society, ought to limit the amount of texting we do while walking.

Danger is the first word that comes to mind when I think of people texting while walking. Everywhere, people are texting even as they walk across streets and down sidewalks, often not thinking about the harm they may be causing themselves and others. It is bothersome that people also neglect those around them while they text and walk. Adopting this statement seems like an obvious and logical decision since it will keep people safe and make them more alert about what is going on around them. Personally, I find that people texting and walking is extremely rude especially when it happens in a crowd of people or while walking on a busy sidewalk. Most of the time people are very apologetic, but there would be no need to apologize if people put down their phones while walking. Once again, this statement would not be infringing on people too much because all they would have to do it wait till they arrive at their destinations to text. There has already been local passed in a few towns to ban texting and walking. This may be extreme, but if it keeps people safe then the law will be a success. I think that this is a growing concern among cities nationwide and will ultimately result in indoctrination of certain laws banning texting while walking. On the other hand, If this statement is considered and implemented then these areas may rethink the laws because people will be responsible for their own and others safety. (http://www.forbes.com/sites/robertglatter/2012/07/31/texting-while-walking-think-twice/)

Public educators should not embrace their students to be fully emerged in technology.

Throughout public schools children are being introduced to digital technologies at a much younger age than ever before. There are middle and high schools that are giving their students a personal laptop for them to carry to all of their classes and even home. For me, giving students their own laptops is not a good allocation of funds, but none the less these schools think that embracing the technologies and introducing them as soon as possible will be better off for the kids. I disagree because I think that children and adolescents should not learn digitally before learning to do things without technology. Society will have mixed feelings on the issue because parents will want whatever is best for their children, but not everyone will benefit from this type of emersion learning technique. This statement is aimed towards a specific audience, but will ultimately affect many people in society. The downside for getting others to accept this statement is the argument that digital technologies will benefit the students since they will eventually be using them. It is hard to argue with that because I agree that they will eventually be using them, but I do not think that it is beneficial to introduce the technologies at an early age when the devices complexities are unfathomable for their age range. This statement should be considered because throwing technology at the younger generations will not help them advance any faster, but decrease the opportunities to develop the skill of learning and retaining information.
http://www.nytimes.com/2012/05/30/us/new-digital-divide-seen-in-wasting-time-online.html?pagewanted=all

Universities should embrace their online communities by offering more online classes.

A Stanford News report says this about online learning, “Responding to a university-wide call for proposals last month, more than 40 individual faculty and small teams outlined plans for innovation in online learning, and around half – from the schools of Humanities and Sciences, Education, Medicine and Engineering – will receive full or partial funding.” According to this report students are not the only people wanting to advance the online learning communities at universities. Although this comes as a surprise, such opportunities are being considered because faculty members will be able to create new courses that may be associated with their research specialties. Before doing research I would have been on the other side of this argument because I have never had success in online classes, but if the classes were tailored by faculty and the faculties were highly involved then I would be more likely to signup. The main point in the article referenced above is that the faculty at Stanford are encouraging online learning, which shows a shift in the mentality of the academics and may be a glimpse of the future.With digital learning tools becoming more prevalent on college campuses, implementing more courses may benefit the students. Offering more online classes will give students more flexibility and options in developing their own pathways. I suggest considering this statement because online classes provide students with more course offerings as well as space availability. The purpose of going to college is to study what you want to in hopes of specializing in something that will be beneficial in the future. Online course grant students the opportunities to create their own pathways instead of ones that are developed by the universities, specifically. (http://news.stanford.edu/news/2012/july/online-education-faculty-071712.html)

College students should not be forced to use a University’s email account over their personal ones.

With colleges moving more and more services online it seems to make sense that they would want a unified email system. This type of system is nothing new for most universities, but what is new is that they are beginning to outsource the services. For example, on November, 13 2012 Virginia Tech moved all of its email services from its own servers to Google managed servers. This move has the Virginia Tech community torn because the students are not allowed to use their own, personal, email account, but instead they have to setup the Google mail account. On the other side of the issue is the university officials that are trying to keep everything unified while letting Google manage the accounts. I adopt this statement because I think that students should have the option of choosing which email service provider they want. This statement is not going to have great implications on society, but will give students the freedom to choose. It is a personal preference issue that should be left up to the student regardless of what the university finds beneficial about the service. On the other hand, some students are probably happy to have made university email accounts because that way it is easier to communicate since everyone has the same service. This statement should be considered because it is something that is happening across the country and has already happened here at Virginia Tech. Going forward if students do not speak out against certain university policies like this, the universities will try to mandate more things. (http://going.google.vt.edu/)

Today, the use of digital technology is a necessity; therefore, we should fully embrace the full features of the technologies even if we are fearful of our privacy, in this case Google Street View.

It is inevitable that technological progress is going to move forward and in return people’s privacy is going to be infringed upon; however, people could embrace the technologies that are moving forward and adjust their online appearances. Privacy is a touchy subject among many people, but it is going to be hard to control the changes in privacy. In fact, it may have to be up to the individuals using the technologies, to change the way they represent themselves. Adopting this statement is going to be difficult because people do not want to change especially when the changes do not accommodate their wants. I suggest that a simple fix could be for people to watch what they are doing online or even in public. Over the past four years, I have become more cautious of what I do online, but then again I feel very comfortable with my offline appearance as well. If you have nothing to hide then online privacy or in this case your privacy while in public (funny idea) should not be at risk. Others may find problems with accepting the lack of privacy that these technologies carry with them, but it is important to remember that the function on these technologies is not to limit people’s privacy. Google Street View is a very helpful technology when used properly and I suggest that we embrace it. Embracing it even though we may feel vulnerable is something that may be hard, but as soon as it is obvious that it is not meant to infringe we will be able to see the full benefits of the technology will less worrying. (Pg. 98 The Googilization of Everything.)