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Technology…a necessary evil

on May 17, 2012

 (A picture retrieved from Google images)

In response to my reblogging of he post “Distraction”, I was reminded of a conversation about technology in my classes. My online classes. We were commiserating about the lack of face-to-face conversation, not remembering who was who, where each taught because we made no connection to a person’s face with their stories. We spoke of posting a picture to have a face to go with the name, or Skyping for the first class to get a general idea of who are classmates are. While we discussed all this, we all agreed that with busy family, home and work lives, online classes were the only way many of us could take our graduate courses.

I have family that is an hour away, some further. Skype and my smart phone have made it possible to keep in touch. Facebook is a lifesaver as I am able to see through status updates and pictures what friends and family I don’t see or talk to frequently are up to. The beauty of it all is that 24-7 we have access to this information. Wonder if that phone call may interrupt dinner or are they already in bed? Shoot out a quick text or email. They will get back to you when it’s a good time for them. Plans can be changed easily through the same methods, parties planned and invites sent over Facebook or email. Even though technology has drawbacks, it also has many perks.

In my classes we  have been talking about 21st Century schools. This is the school of thought that students need to learn skills for the 21st Century such as:

  • Critical Thinking and Problem Solving Skills
  • Communication Skills
  • Creativity and Innovation Skills
  • Collaboration Skills
  • Information and Media Literacy Skills
  • Contextual Learning Skills (http://www.p21.org/overview/p21-faq)

We viewed a few interesting videos by Sir Ken Robinson. The first http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zDZFcDGpL4U&feature=youtu.be, had a really cool method where he drew on a whiteboard as he explained. The second http://www.ted.com/talks/ken_robinson_says_schools_kill_creativity.html talks about schools killing students creativity. All in all, our discussions have decided that these ARE necessary skills for students, but that good old-fashioned respect, citizenship and person to person communication skills still need to be taught.

Though technology is necessary, some non-technological things should never go by the wayside.

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3 responses to “Technology…a necessary evil

  1. sturner2 says:

    I like your post. “Even though technology has drawbacks, it also has many perks.” I too, am in online classes. I teach leadership for a division of Texas A&M University which offers both online and face to face. There is much missing online. There is more offered online. Paradox?

    I really like the RSAnimate videos. They are fun.

    Again, thank you for the re-post.

    ST2

  2. Genie says:

    The old saying comes to mind “The more things change, the more they stay the same.”

    • momometer says:

      I agree. I’m sure that throughout history there have been things that distract people from each other, the radio, the TV and landline phones, maybe once the newness wears off there will be a leveling off. You may like my latest blog post, Stop and smell the…rhododendrons

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