Technology: Terrific or Terrible?
Here I am, writing a blog entry in my bedroom, getting ready to send this text up into the Cloud. I rarely think about what I am doing when I publish something online. However, it’s really amazing when I stop to think about it. In a few minutes, when I am done writing, this text will be sent to storage farms which could be anywhere in the world. In just a few more seconds, it will be made available to billions of people online. There’s no guarantee that anyone will read this, but they could.
In fact, my statistics reveal that fewer people viewed my blog today than any other day all summer, but I still got views from Australia, Japan, and Germany. It’s hard not to feel like the internet is magic.
Over the 10 years that I’ve been teaching at Innovation Academy, technology has become a greater and greater part of the classroom experience. Today, more 5th grade students have their own cell phone, email address, social networking accounts, and more. They speak this technological lingo as their first language, and not as a foreign tongue. During our orientation sessions over the past few days, I led classes on technology for over 100 students. We are working to help students understand how computing works in the 21st century, to go beyond just clicking. We showed this fabulous video which I can’t take credit for, but does a hysterical job explaining cloud computing:
Students are impressed with the Cloud, but they were able to identify problems with increased technology in today’s society. Students named the following challenges that technology brings:
- Less time to play outside
- Frustrations waiting for broken machines
- Empty wallets due to money spent on computers
- Hackers and “haters” that can be very dangerous
- Increased use of energy to run all the computers, creating more CO2 which is damaging the environment
Today’s youth are connected, and they are aware. Watch out. They are not just taking in information. They are producing new knowledge. And it’s not going away. It’s stored up there in the Cloud.