Part 3 Questions about Equipment
Can you think of any examples of modern machines or high-tech equipment that people have in their homes today?
What do you suggest a person, for example, an old person, do if he or she cannot understand how to use modern equipment?
Once the person has the equipment in their home and if they experience problems with using it - then probably the easiest thing to do is to ask a family member who might be more knowledgable about such things, maybe their children, or even grandchildren, to help them learn how to use the equipment correctly.
What do you suggest could be done to help old people understand how to use modern hi-tech equipment?
The only reason it's a bit of a problem at the moment is due to the rapid development of technology devices and gadgets which we now incorporate in our daily lives, for someone who grew up without these devices it might be a challenge, but for the generation which have grown up with tech as part of daily life - when they get older - they'll be more able to deal with future tech developments and probably won't need any help at all.
Do you think today's young people will also have problems with hi-tech equipment when they are old?
What are the advantages of using electrical equipment?
Nowadays you can do the same with an electric mower in less than half the time, and it's a loss less effort too. Another common example would be the use of electric power tools. These have become very common and are much easier and quicker than conventional tools, I'm thinking about electric drills, screwdrivers and things like that - which make doing repairs around the home much easier.
Does your university have (or use) much high-tech equipment?
What are some examples of high-tech equipment that is used in some classrooms today?
Do you think the amount of high-tech equipment a university uses can help attract more students to that university?
Obviously though, in some cases, students might be primarily swayed by the equipment available, especially if they are Phd students doing scientific research, that sort of thing, then I suppose that the equipment they will have access to could be much more important than other factors.
Do you think there are any (possible) shortcomings to using high-tech equipment in classrooms (as teaching tools)?
Do you think computers (and other hi-tech electronic equipment) might one day replace teachers?
While computers can gather, store and present information very effectively - the art of discussion and debate, which is essential for students to develop their skills, is not readily available with computers. Maybe at some point in the future when artificial intelligence is sufficiently advanced - it might happen.