Balance is the key to life. Albert Einstein said that” Life is like riding a bicycle. To keep your balance you must keep moving.” What’s the next “big thing”? I love learning from and playing with technology. I love learning about new tools, I love watching my students and my own children learn new skills or play with technology. As we embark on this new frontier of learning that has been knocking on the school’s door since the dawn of the Internet, how will we teach the next generation of humans to find balance between technology and their everyday life?
I am intrigued by this topic as I spend a beautiful day typing from my sunroom. Now, don’t go all Zen on me. Yes, we all need to find balance and we all need that friendly reminder, but my concern is teaching these little techno- born people how to become productive techno-balanced adults.
I see my own children excited about using technology to learn or play. I see my students easily navigate the Internet for the answers to questions they have. I know my tendency with the iPhone is to feel like I have the world in my hand from my bank balance and email to search engines and GPS systems. Do you see how technology is changing you? Do you see, ever wonder, how they view technology?
How are we balancing it in school? Anyone can learn how to use a computer, but who teaches them when to put it down and go out and play or TALK to a friend? I may be treading on parenting issues here, but as a teacher and parent I am concerned with how this Net Generation views technology and how the few its use in their education and ultimately their lives.
Check out the replies in the CNN Student News blog, A School Goes Old School.
Betty Bayer makes many valid points, like her phrase “Keeping up and keeping sane” in
The blog Pruning the iBrain leaves you with some thought-provoking ideas, images, and videos worth pondering.
Read about balancing technology and human touch in Technology in Education: Finding the Balance.
That said check out the all-too-possible future of communicating in Walle:
We need to teach them balance as much as we teach the technology.