I grew up in a world where all the new technology was coming out. And I’ve warmed to technology in my own time and in my own way. I don’t jump in head first like some people do, and I don’t run away from it like other people might. I’m somewhere in the middle. I like learning about technology and how I can use it in my classroom, but I also believe that it’s important to handwrite things. It’s important to have options and to work in the format that you feel most comfortable in. For example, I love writing this blog, but I keep a handwritten journal for myself where I can scribble all my thoughts.
The article that I’m linking to the bottom of this post, and to my articles page, talks about how technology and today’s students mesh together. These are students who don’t know a world without the internet and computers and social media. They’re immersed in technology. It’s a huge part of their lives. And we as educators need to acknowledge that.
In today’s day and age, we can’t just ask students to leave technology at the door. We need to find ways that it can be used appropriately in our classrooms. Technology isn’t going to leave the world we are living in, and we need to make sure that we are helping prepare students to use it appropriately and intelligently. We need to make sure they understand that there is so much good that can be done with technology, but that at the same time the internet is written in ink. There’s no erasing what one says on the internet.
There are so many great things that we can do with technology in our classrooms if we just put a little thought into it. And this article helps showcase why that’s so important.