The Flight from Conversation- Sherry Turkle
Anti-Teaching: Confronting the Crisis- Michael Wesch
As I read both of the articles this week I thought about my own technology use and how it affected my life now. I thought about how I like to always have my phone with in reach, how my iPad sits beside my bed, and my computer is always charged up waiting to be used. I thought about the social media side of the equation. "Texting and e-mail and posting let us present the self we want to be. This means we can edit. And if we wish, we can delete. Or retouch: the voice, the flesh, the face, the body. Not too much, not too little - just right." (Turkle pg. 2) I thought about how I present myself to others through social media. I am a pretty avid use of Instagram and Snapchat. I love photos, and I love seeing what others are doing through photos and videos. I still use Facebook for communication and organization of events. Do I use technology too much? Could I go a day, a week without my phone? Tablet?
I'm in awe of technology and also scared of what it might become. I think that we use technology in so many wonderful ways and their have been amazing advancements because of technology. But I also worry about people loosing their ability to communicate with each other.
Top 10 Reasons to Use Technology in Education are great examples of positive uses of technology in the classroom and Technology in Education: A Future Classroom is a great example of what technology in the classroom might look like in the future. I agree with Welsh that we need to help "students recognize their own importance in helping to shape the future of this increasingly global, interconnected society..." (pg. 7). The internet and technology has done so many wonderful things for our society, creating a more global world. I think it is important to incorporate technology into the classroom, because it is the way of the future, and it is important that we set our students up for success, but at the same time we need to make sure that our students are well rounded and still can carry on discussions and conversations with other people.