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.