How do you want to spend your time?

Something that stuck with me after class was the thought that our society doesn’t really live in the moment anymore. In class, we watched a clip that showed a group of sorority girls at a baseball game that were more interested in selfies with each other and posting to them to social media than they were the actual game. Why even go then? I experienced this a few years ago at a Lady Gaga concert. I remember that just about everyone in the audience was trying to film the show with their cell phones rather than just being in the moment. I found it odd because we were seated pretty far away and so the quality of the video couldn’t have been very good. I didn’t really see the point in videoing at all. But, I know that I am also guilty of spending too much time on social media like Facebook and it makes me kind of sad when I think about how much of my day is wasted. I guess it is good to be aware of these things and to take a step back and think about how one wants to spend their time. I am reminded of this YouTube video from a few years ago that kind of puts things into perspective a bit – how do you want to spend your time?

I like to watch this video every now and then because it is a bit of a reality check for me.

This brings me to wonder: what should we do in schools? I’m not sure that prohibition of any kind has ever worked but should we push back against technology? Maybe a bit but perhaps forbidding something only creates more problems and in reality, technology is only going to become more and more a part of our lives. So, what I think we need to do is have a balanced classroom  and teach students how to use tech responsibly and in a way that has positive impacts on our students, schools, communities and society as a whole. We can teach students how to use technology and enhance classroom learning. We can teach students how to collaborate with each other and also with students from other locations. As Dr. Michael Wesch pointed out, the internet allows us to collaborate in a way that we have never been able to do in the past. Even my learning project – I have learned so much from a blogger that I follow and we have never met! We live in different countries! That would have been impossible without the internet.

Of course, there will always be instances of when people take advantage of others and we have to be savvy because as we talked about in class there is a dark side of the internet. Examples of this would be online bullying, cat fishing or scams which seem to run rampant on the internet. Here is a website that has some startling statistics about cyber bullying and some things that we can do to prevent it from happening.  But in the end, I think that we need to take the good with the bad and keep moving forward in a way that it responsible and beneficial to our students.

Me and the famjam circa 2014


6 thoughts on “How do you want to spend your time?

  1. Meagan g says:

    I totally agree with you Amanda. I remember how much time I wasted on Facebook before deactivating my account. I would always feel bad about the amount of time I wasted but would get sucked back in the next day. Maybe if I had been taught how to use social media more responsibly as a youth, I wouldn’t have been so suseptable to being sucked into it’s dark hole. We need to educate our students about the good and the bad.

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  2. savoncain says:

    This is one of my favorite videos(jellybeans). It really allows you to put the time we have into perspective and realize how easy it to not allow ourselves to have meaningful experiences because we get caught up in what is going on in the media world. Great post!

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    • amandaewert says:

      Me too! I have watched the jelly bean video a few times now and it just really makes me aware of what I have to be thankful for and to not take anything for granted. It’s a good reminder to keep things balanced and not spend too much of my time on media/technology.

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  3. Brianna Rose Gelowitz says:

    Amanda, I absolutely loved that video! Thank you SO much for sharing it! I agree with your idea of a balanced classroom when it comes to technology. I do not think it is beneficial to ignore technology in the classroom when we now live in a technology-based world, that being said, I have worked with kids from six to sixteen years of age who experienced technology withdrawals while attending the back-to-nature summer camp I work at. In the first few days, the kids often speak of what kinds of technology they have at home, what they are missing out on, and wondering why we do not allow the campers to have any technology out at camp but by the end of the week, the campers have mostly (though not always) temporarily forgotten about all the technology awaiting them when they got home. Once they reach the second part of their week, it is amazing watching the growth of the campers and their genuine excitement to explore the outdoors. I guess the point of my spiel was for students, I believe there should be a time and a place for technology and as a teacher, it will be our jobs to determine when and why this technology is needed and for how long. Just like out at camp, there will be moments, in and outside the classroom, that students will learn, grow, and have fun all without the need for technology, all of which will be moments I will treasure in our changing, technology crazy world! Personally, when it comes to technology I have been trying to cut back on my social media usage as well and be more in the moment. I was reminded recently of how precious the time I spend with the ones I love is, with both of my siblings having plans to or have moved out of Regina to pursue careers hours away. I have started turning my phone off or leaving it somewhere out of reach when I am around others to limit my temptation to unnecessarily scroll through Facebook.

    Ps. You have a beautiful family!

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    • amandaewert says:

      Hi Brianna,
      I agree with you that kids spend way too much time consuming technology and not using it in a productive way. Just recently, I decided to help my kids unplug by packing up the Xbox and their phones for the summer. It is absolutely crazy how much they have changed since I took that away. Both older kids are reading and writing more and are going outside to play with their friends. It is easy to see now how much technology rules their lives! I’m so glad that I took the Xbox and phones away because it has made a huge difference in their attitudes. I’m thinking that I may not give any technology back at the end of summer! We will see…


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