I recently came across a meme on Facebook that said “90’s kids Christmas wishlists: sled, baseball bat, and skateboard vs a kid born in the 2000’s: IPhone, Xbox, and tablet.” I would argue that there are many kids who know more about technology then myself, are kids becoming too reliant on their phones, and laptops? Now I am aware that I too spend a lot of time on my phone or on the internet, I mean who can resist Netflix… But I am also becoming aware of how much I miss when my face is glued to a screen. We need to find a healthy balance between using technology and not using technology, inside and outside of the classroom.
Our students spend hours on their devices, it is important as educators to show students how to use those devices when in school to help support their learning, because I think that some technology is a good thing! There are many great tools online that we as educators can use to improve the learning of our students and help students meet the curricular outcomes. However I think many young people are too attached to technology, with all the social media outlets our students are constantly refreshing their phones to see what everyone is doing. Is the constant need to see what is happening on social media distracting students from what is happening right in front of them?
As educators we are encouraged to use more technology in our classrooms. I believe there are many benefits of using technology. But I also think it is important to teach young people social skills and teach them that sometimes the best tool is the person sitting next to them.