BETWEEN THE DIGITAL AND THE ANALOG: A BALANCE
BY ESPERANZA GAONA G.
Language and Literature teacher
Los Portales School
The term “new routine” that the Covid-19 pandemic has added to the dictionary, is a concept that has driven everybody to a new way to approach the academic world through so called virtual teaching and learning tasks. However, as these types of classes advance, opinions on their effectiveness are divided, and pros and cons become apparent.
On the one hand, people who support the unrestricted use of technology seem to see these means of teaching as the be-all end-all of education in the 21st Century. Artificial intelligence, algorithms and social media for them the great leap forward in teachers’ and students’ progress.
On the other hand, there are others who are looking at the effects of digital work on individual personality and health. Not only are students and teachers having constant appointments with the physician, the ophthalmologist and other specialized doctors as their health is deteriorating, but they also looking for therapeutic and professional help in order to deal with depression, loneliness and aggressiveness. Then, one can inquire “why”?
That’s when one wonders if it will be possible to set a balance between the necessity of socializing, experiencing the pleasure of sharing and making eye contact, as well as seeking to get along with others, with the wonderful and astonishing creation that is the digital world. For undeniable reasons, virtuality has shown how easy communication can be, how information is accessible to most of the population, yet how evil people use it to cause harm, even more how students can cheat to prevent failure.
Nevertheless, human beings’ souls go beyond life on-line. Selfishness is provoking disasters, lack of respect is leading people to step on human dignity, and feelings like love have been regarded as unworthy. Is it possible to solve these issues virtually?
It is time to search for the equilibrium in the different flanks we as individuals face.
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