Paper 2: Turkle, Reclaiming Conversation

ET 690 Educational Technology Seminar

Write a brief paper to answer the following questions. The paper should be typed and double-spaced and conform to basic rules of APA style. Be sure that the paper is double-spaced, with 1 inch margins, in a 12 point font, and with numbered pages. Under no circumstances should the entire paper be fewer than 5 pages or greater than 10 pages (page counts do not include your title page or an optional page dedicated to references). This paper should be submitted electronically in Word or RTF format.

1. In the spirit of Postman, Turkle presents technology as a Faustian Bargain. (Don't search the book for that term; she doesn't use it.)  That is, technology is taking away something very important, perhaps one of our gods/narratives. However, she believes that the solution isn't to get rid of technology but to find ways to live with it. Describe Turkle's narrative and how technology challenges it. Do you believe that her narrative is important? Do you believe that technology is a threat to this narrative. Why or why not?

2. Turkle uses the metaphor of Thoreau's three chairs. Connect each of these three chairs to technology in school. That is how can we use each of these three chairs to guide our use of technology in school? To put it anoher way, how can we understand Turkle's three chairs as a framework for understanding technology use in school and to help us be more effective in our use of technology? Note that Turkle only has a small amount of discussion around school (and it is, perhaps, the weakest part of the book) so this question asks you to extrapolate from what she says in the book.


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