It’s funny to think about the ways technology has changed compared to the first time I truly remember using technology. Growing up we didn’t have the internet until I was in either grade 4 or 5 and that was the time Webkinz were popular. I had gotten Webkinz for my birthday and was unable to use them online because we didn’t have the internet and that was the tipping point that got my parent finally give in and get the internet. I’ve never been one that has been super impressed and needed the new technology, I also had a hard time seeing the benefit of having it used in classrooms.
I have started to come around with help from EDTC 300 and other articles, and personal experience that has made me realize the benefit of technology in the classroom.
Sherry Turkle’s TED Talk “Connected, but Alone?” discussed many situations where people are feeling very uncomfortable having face-to-face conversations due to the fact they are often texting. It mentioned how people feel more comfortable having texting conversations as they can plan out what they are going to say and are able toedit and delete something if they change their minds. We can also argue the having too much phone time can lead to cyberbullying. Although one article I found discussed how it was important not to ban social media but to teach students to use it properly. Knowing how technology and social media is not going away it is important to teach students about the dangers and how to use it appropriately.
“Five Things We Need to Know about Technological Change” discussed the idea that with every advantage with new technology brings a disadvantage. This brings to mind multiple things but one main thing was the anonoymus apps. While some people may see a benefit to them they mostly cause problems.
The IRL Fetish discusses many times how people are wanting to disconnect and get offline. It mentions now how it is a thing of pride to stay off social media. There are so many times now that people mention getting away and disconnecting. While you don’t have to cut out social media and technology it just helps to know that you can cut back and not become so dependent on it. As well you can learn that there are certain situations where you don’t need to use your technology. You always hear stories where people put their phones in the middle of the table and the first person to pick up their phone pays for dinner.
Of course it all revolves around the education of technology!
“I’m only one person, how can I make a difference?”
These are often questions we ask ourselves when we think of taking the leap to help save the environment. Of course, there are stereotypical was that we ‘vow’ to help the environment.
“I’m going to recycle.”
“Ill use the stairs instead of the elevator.”
“I’ll walk or ride my bike instead of driving.
We have been challenged to think bigger in terms of taking the leap to save the environment and I have thought long and hard about this and to be honest its hard coming up with ways to help ‘save the environment’. While I would like to start with some of the stereotypes such as recycling more, I would like to make sure that I use less electricity and make a more conscious effort that If I’m on my phone or computer to turn off the TV and only use the lights in the room that I am using, as well as cutting back on some things such as eating so much meat (specifically beef).
In terms of deeper understanding and a less stereotypical way of ‘saving the planet’ my leap into action would be to become more educated on the things that I use daily that are actually harmful, I want to become more involved in finding ways to save the environment and not just sit back and expect someone else to fix it for me, I want to become more educated on the issues that are effecting our environment.
During Apathy into Action one thing that really stood out to me was the mention of a bear that was hit by a truck by workers on the pipeline and left to die. It made me really think that it was the animals home first and we more or less took over it and expect the animals to find a new home. I think in looking at my own leap into action I would also want to try to make sure that I do not contribute to deforestation as we have already torn down many trees to build cities and communities without having regard to what we were taken away.
In the chapter “Maple Nation: A Citizenship Guide” on page 168 one quote that stood out to me was, “It is when the earth starts to wake up from her well-deserved rest and renews her gifts to the people”. The earth and environment is an incredible place and we need to start treating it as such. We are taking and using more resources that there are available and if we continue it the earth will no longer have gifts to give back to us. My visual includes many wonders of the world that we are slowly killing and if people don’t leap into action we won’t have these wonders for much longer.
My name is Rebecca Roney and I’m in my second year in the Faculty of Education at the University of Regina. I’m in the secondary program and currently majoring in Chemistry and minoring in Mathematics, although I’m in the process of applying to change my major to Mathematics and my minor in General Science. I live in Moose Jaw, Sask. and commute into Regina every day for school. (Trust me it isn’t that bad of a drive.)
In my spare time (procrastinating time) I love to watch Netflix, hang out with my dog Tucker and my friends and family.
I spend most of my time watching sports, mainly hockey and football. I grew up watching sports(my baby book has my favorite shows being sesame street, football, and hockey). I’m a major fan of the Riders, the Pittsburgh Penguins, and the Pittsburgh Steelers.
I have a part-time job at the mall in Moose Jaw and often pick up times where I either score keep or ref basketball.
Before I took EDTC 300 I had mixed feelings about technology and especially the use of technology in the classroom. While I understood that there were benefits to having the use of technology I also thought of my own high school experience where students were often on their phones for reasons that didn’t benefit them in the classroom.
Taking EDTC 300 last semester I wasn’t necessarily sure what I was getting myself into and I didn’t see myself changing my mind completely on my beliefs on technology in the classroom. Through taking EDTC 300 I did change my mind on the use of technology in the classroom and the benefit to it. I found myself looking for resources and tools that could be used daily within the classroom and tools that could be used for different classes and subjects. I do now understand the purpose and benefit of using technology and I’m excited to try out some different tools and resources this semester!
I look forward to this semester and getting to know and work with everyone!
My connections with the environment have been few and far between but the connections I have had with the environment have been memorable. I often contribute the thoughts of what the environment means to me with being outside and in nature. I often think of nature being outdoors with the sounds and smells of nature. I think of the environment as a place where animals are able to live peacefully. I see the environment as a place to escape and be able to unwind and unplug.
While I haven’t had too many large moments spent with the environment, I have had many small moments spent with the environment. From the time I was little I spent a lot of time playing outdoor long after dark in the summer and have spent many times only coming into the house to get warm in the winter.
One large experience I have had with environmental education was in high school when I registered for the offered Outdoor Education class. Through taking this class, I spent a semester preparing for two specific trips, one to Kananaskis Alberta for a bike trip and one to Northern Saskatchewan for a canoe trip. The preparation for this class included many class times spent outside in the park either biking on the paths or canoeing the river paths.
Much like Robin Wall Kimmerer’s story I had the opportunity to experience Environmental Education like her students by actually going outside in the environment to have a hands-on experience. I understand the benefit from actually learning based on experience rather than just readings in the classroom. While I do understand some learning has to be done in the classroom the hands-on experience can more beneficial to students.
(Also check out the site I had help drawing the nature scene!)