Technology: The Good, The Bad, The Ugly
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!