Scenario 2: Provide a meaningful response about the uses and concerns of technology in the classroom.
Even though there may be concerns about the use of technology in the classroom, it is necessary to incorporate it into the daily lives of students in order to prepare them for the 21st century. One of the first reasons the article talks about is that rapid brain development occurs for students up until age 21, and the use of constant technology can can lead to trouble with self-regular or executive functioning. One way we can bust this myth is by monitoring the use of technology that young children are using to learn. Even though it may seem that television and iPads are not helpful for students, in reality, there are many interactive apps that teach students their alphabet or work on basic math facts. Some common guidelines to use could be that children should not use technology for more than 30 minutes at a time at such a young age and be there to supervise when children are using technological devices. This website gives tech guidelines for parents and the amount of technology students should be learning. For example, the American Academy of Pediatrics suggests no more than 2 hours a day for technology and certain times of the day should not be used such as after homework.
Another point the article brings up is delayed development in students because of restrictive movement. In order to make sure this doesn’t happen, monitoring the use of technology is beneficial as well as incorporating different uses of movement. There are interactive games out there that rely on technology such as Just Dance. Technology can be used as a supplement in the classroom of even a reward for participating in a certain way or earning a high score. One way to explain this to parents and educators is that we are in a digital age, and incorporating technology in students’ lives is important, even from a young age so children are able to access different means of technology. The ISTE Standards give more insight on this concept. If we teach students ways to be collaborative when they are younger, this can help in the classroom and with their overall development. Another skills students can learn is critical thinking which would help combat the idea of delayed development. By proving students with ways to really dig into information, they are expanding their brain as well.
Following this point, obesity is definitely an issue, but it cannot only be attributed to the use of technology. This trend has been growing and is affected by other factors like fast food. One way to encourage parents that technology is acceptable to use, is by introducing them to games in Just Dance or Xbox Kinect. We cannot only rely on this for active movement, but use it as a supplement when it is raining outside or in the winter. There are also interactive exercise machines that can be utilized.
In regards to sleep deprivation, this goes back to monitoring technology and allowing students to learn responsibility. If technology is introduced at a young age, students may have more time to adapt to the uses of it. Within the digital age, students need to be able to have a sense of the use of technology, and parents can teach about digital citizenship through these means. By going over the basics of digital responsibility and digital access, students are well equipped to be responsible with their different uses. Here is an article that talks more about what digital citizenship is and some child-friendly resources to help explain to children. This video shows internet safety for students. This can be used in conjunction with the guidelines from the American Association of Pediatrics by not allowing students to use technology an hour before bed time and only recreationally after all homework has been completed.
While mental illness seems like a very daunting issue, we really have to go back to the centralized idea of limiting the use of technology and monitoring out students. There are numerous ways this can actually help students be social like connecting with individuals outside of the country or learning more about different cultures.
When the idea of aggression is brought about, we again have to think about teaching students responsibility and monitoring their use of different games and the internet. At a young age, there needs to be some censorship in a home in regards to the type of television shows that are watched or certain sites blocked for being violent. There are different internet securities provided such as the programs from the Family Safety Website. At some times, students will be modern citizens and learn from mistakes of using websites that are not necessarily okay for them to use, but this goes along with a changing world and being able to have some digital citizenship and responsibility.
Digital dementia can be combatted by limiting the use of technology in the classroom and at home. For educators, this may mean having certain days where students use the computer lab or iPads for different projects. Parents may need to monitor the types of games their kids are playing or different strategies and offer alternatives to just using technology. While technology may not need to be introduced until an age such as 2 or 3, we have to keep in mind that it is important for learning new literacies or conveying ideas in a different way.
While these are only a few of the concerns brought about by the use of technology, we need to continue to be responsible in order to use it and teach our children how to use technology in an acceptable way. Since the 21st century will be a time of change and constant introductions to society, we need to be able to expand on the use of technology with our students by also working on monitoring the use. Digital citizenship is a huge issue since the internet is being widely used in schools and students should be able to navigate through different resources over time.
In the Huffington Post Article there are many ways that technology seems negative, but the overall underlying message is monitoring the use of technology and working on responsible ways to use the internet, it is really a positive and necessary thing for children to be learning. For example, parents can block different television shows so their children are not learning violent behaviors that they would use in everyday life. Teachers may be using the internet for new literacies such as allowing student stop create projects based on poerpoints, videos, or graphic organizers. Technology will constantly benefit students in this changing society and we need to work on improving the use from a very young age.