Don’t get me wrong I think technology is a wonderful tool. We have at our fingertips each day an unlimited amount of resources. I do think that this comes at a price to society especially our children. I am a Health major and I believe that the amount of ‘technological’ time our students are allowed is way to much. In a way I think that this in itself is anti-oppressive education because as educators we are allowing it to happen in our classrooms. I am in no way arguing against the benefits of technology, rather, I am trying to bring to light the amount of inactivity our children are receiving. I know computers are the future. I get that, but so is our students health. They are our future to.
As far as computers go I think the first thing to notice is that a Grade 1 student could quite possibly have more computer skills then myself. I actually did my first tweet tonight with the help of my children. I still am a little unsure as to what exactly I did but they were super proud of me so it can’t be all that bad! I know I need to step up my technological skills before I enter the classroom. As we step into the schools we need to be aware of the social media networks these kids are using. Why? Because it is a major part of their life right now and if we have any hope of trying to understand them, we need to understand these networks that they are on for probably 75% of their day. By doing this we can engage at their level. We can understand the tools they require to learn and build a relationship that is needed between a teacher and student in order for both of them to succeed individually.