A Short History of the Digital Revolution, Part 4 of 4

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Cultural Challenges of the Digital Age

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As the Digital Age continued to develop, there remained existential, interpersonal, educational, and economic issues needing addressed.  Despite its enormous possibilities, people began to realize that technology had a down side.

There was such a thing as digital dysfunction, something producing negative personal and interpersonal outcomes, caused by the misuse or abuse of technology. The impersonal nature of technology gave the opportunity for people to disengage from physical reality and escape into a virtual world that dehumanized and victimized some users, in spite of its great promise.  This continues today, as research is beginning to establish some of the inherent dangers of technology on the brain and on human emotions and relationships.

Educational and Theological Challenges of the Digital Age

The Digital Age presents possibilities and challenges for Christian educators.  In order to help our students and to equip them for impact on society, Christian teachers should be properly equipped in good pedagogy, Biblical and theological studies, and educational technology, seeking to maintain a healthy balance for effective and transformative Christian teaching.   As they do, they will be better prepared to help themselves and others to be more healthy, happy, whole, and holy.

Seminaries must equip students theologically to better understand human nature.  They must teach in such a way that students who graduate and minister to others are equipped to meet the needs of our ever-changing society.  Christian educators must train local church leaders with the skills to effectively minister in a culture and society in desperate need of the gospel.  As we do, perhaps the opportunities of the Digital Age will surpass the challenges and threats it currently presents.

Sources

[1] Januszewski, Alan and Michael Molenda.  2008. Educational Technology: A Definition with Commentary.  New York, NY: Routledge.  pp. 1-14.

[2] Ellington, Henry, Fred Percival, and Phil Race. (1993). Handbook of Educational Technology, 3rd ed.  East Brunswick, NJ: Nichols Publishing Company. pp. 3-10.

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