Technology has evolved tremendously in the last 10 years, at the fastest rate compared to anything else.
We can carry around knowledge in the palm of our hand and take close to professional photos with it and connect with people worldwide. Smartphones, this technology has advanced us far into the future at an astounding rate.
Let’s rewind to my beginning..
1996: Home videos came from handheld videotape recorders, movies were on VHS (anyone remember blowing into it when it wouldn’t work?), listening to cassette tapes in the car and floppy discs to store documents.
2006: Point and shoot cameras to take pictures at school (memories), jamming to my MP3 player where I illegally downloaded music from Limewire, playing SuperMario on my GameBoy Advance and watching TV but changing the channel meant getting up and going to the TV
2010: t9 texting my friends on my LG Rumour, pressing the BACK button as fast as possible when accidentally pressing the internet button in fear of being charged, playing Mario Kart on the Wii at lunchtime, posting all my feelings on Facebook trying to get as many likes as I could and being able to use a remote to change channels (HELLO LAZY)!
2013: BBM on Blackberry, posting Instagram and making Vines, transitioning from Ipods to listening to music on our phones (don’t have to carry around 2 devices!), having a flat screen TV with HD (so clear so crisp) and laptops that aren’t 20 lbs to lug around.
2019: IPhones that can scan your face and can hold thousands of photos and music, smartwatches that detect heart rate along with a multitude of other things, and apps for anything and everything.
Looking back on my technology timeline, I would say I was too young to have a phone or facebook at age 12, but compared to children now of days having their own IPads at age 3 or having no control over their digital footprint because it was started in the womb. From the presentation in class, children spend 6.5 hours a day staring at a screen.
What is too much for children? Should there be digital guide such as there is a food guide?
I often find myself on a stare more many hours a day but now phones have Screen Time built into it. This feature sends you reports of your weekly report of how many hours you spend on your phone. I would also love this feature on my laptop as I use it more during the school day.
There are many negatives to having access to ALL of this information and technology at a young age BUT as Michael Wesch explains in “An Athropological Introduction to YouTube” the internet is a place for all to express and connect with others, I strongly believe that children now of days are more accepting to other who do not fit the norms of society because of the access to knowledge about it, “when media changes, human relationships change”.
When looking into the education aspect of my life, forms of technology has taken me through tough courses or allowing me to deliver content to my students in an engaging and impactful way. It can also increase communication with parents whether it’s using Google Classroom, Reminds 101, the schools assessment system such as HomeLogic or PowerSchool. Although I push back and question if these methods are taking away authentic interactions with parents and students and do we rely on technology too much and taking students away from the “sandbox”.