‘We are all now connected by the internet,
like neurons in a giant brain’ – Stephen Hawking.
As President of El Camino Community College, I
propose that students take all advantages of the internet while using the power
of their minds. The internet is powerful and accessible from almost anywhere.
It is easy for students to surf the web to find answers but, students must be
reminded that the “answers” are not always correct. Students get a
sense of satisfaction when they find answers quickly online without having to
open a book or reading long chapters for answers. Yes, the web is helpful and I
encourage every student to use it but must be mindful and put in some of the
work on your own.
ECC encourages students to take the time and
understand that their knowledge depends on their future. The internet is an
amazing tool and ECC provides Wi-Fi and computers to all students, in the
library where you can find tons of books relating to the assignments. The
internet is helpful in many ways, for instance articles, news, and google
information, but one must always consider revising that the information is
correct. According to Abigail Wise, the American Psychological Association stated,
“With so much information at our disposal, the line between what our brains know
and our computers know is getting blurry”.
internet makes students feel smart, and that is what they like. Let’s say a
student is asked a question in the classroom, the same question they got
correct on their assignment, but this time without help from their cell phone
or the internet? Is the student capable of answering the question correctly? Probably,
if they remember what they found online. What if the student was asked why the
answer they got is correct? Will the student be able to answer then? Probably
not, unless research, concentration, or commitment was done to back up the
answer. According to Chaffee,” A study of research habits, conducted by
scholars from University College London, suggests that we may well be in the
midst of sea change in the way we read and think…”. This means students
just take a glimpse at sites for answers and might never return to that site to
verify if the answer was published by a credible source with research or some
fake website. Wikipedia, every college student should already know that
Wikipedia is a site that can be updated at any time by anyone with that wants
to add information to what’s already been added by other people. Wikipedia is a
great example of how the internet works! The internet was not born with
answers. The real answers were through research in books and studies done by
people. Students seem to take advantage of that and go with whichever answer
they find on the first link. But not all answers that we find are wrong,
however, students should take the necessary time to find other sources that back
up the same answer and find out why it is correct, which is when the internet
comes in handy.
students want to be successful they need to stop procrastinating in school. People
have been accustomed to the world of text messaging. Chaffee states that the
reading done on a text message blinds our way of thinking (pg. 131). Students
need to find their success in their minds. ECC needs to provide students with
motivation, energy, and encouragement. The information our minds are fed with
vs the information we find on our own effects our future. All students from El
Camino College should be encouraged to make mental connections with their work.
A great tool that all professors can use is turnitin.com; it is a site that
pinpoints all plagiarism. Plagiarism is illegal at ECC and anywhere else. According
to Oedb.org, “60.8% of polled college students admitted to cheating and 16.5%
did not regret it”. A way to encourage students to think and focus is by
discussing questions in class without the use if the internet, keep track of
progress, and assure everyone is focused.
ASDC state, “researchers
suggest that metacognition is the key to higher student achievement, but
studies in classroom practice indicate that dew students are taught to use
metacognition and the supporting cognitive strategies that make learning
easier”. This means that what students learn in the classroom may have a
better impact on them by using these strategies. Students should focus on
their habits of mind and behavior by focusing on problem-solving. By
recognizing the truth of education one can recognize their true intelligence.
ECC will focus on helping students to do that.