This course has made me do some serious thinking in regards to technology use in the classroom, as well as the impacts it has on childhood and society. I’ve learned through our debates how important of a role both teachers and parents have in determining the effectiveness of technology and social media.
I used to worry too much about using tech in the classroom “just because” I thought I should be. I’ve started using it much more purposefully, to enhance learning not to replace pen and paper.
I made fun of most social media. It was a waste of time and was nothing but negative for our ‘kids’.
My students and daughter will use it regardless so I MUST learn to embrace it and at least learn how to use it. I recently made a SnapChat and Instagram account. The better I understand these common apps our kids use the more I can help them use them responsibly.
Throughout this course I kept thinking of my daughter.
How can I ensure she uses technology in a positive way in the future?
How can I protect her?
The answer I kept coming to was that I must be a positive role model. This is what led me to my summary of learning. As I was making strides and trying new things throughout this course all I kept thinking of was the huge stages she has already conquered in her short life. This is why I chose to use her as inspiration for my final video. I hope you enjoy!