This is a subject that is beginning to take over school districts in my area. I work at a middle school. I work with specifically students that English is a second language as well as special education students. We use these devices for lessons they need to complete and practice on. I see the huge benefits from it and the kids are learning skills aside from their lessons like how to work technology. Some days though these devices become a distraction and things tend to get out of hand. They become a distraction. I also see panic set in on the days we do not use the ipods or ipads. The kids seem to have become dependent on them as well as some of the teachers. That again is the part of technology that scares me. We are becoming a techno-dependent society and god forbid the power goes out then who do we have that can help us....?
II feel that I will use my blog the most. I feel that it allows me to express myself and get feedback on a wide variety of topics. I also feel it allows people to get a small insight to who I am. Many times I have a lot to say but fail to write it down or forget exactly what I was thinking at a time. Blogging helps me collect my thoughts and put it somewhere rather than a piece of paper I may lose or not want someone to see. I will continue to use my website also to build my professional portfolio and update or edit when needed. I knew these tools were there for my use but did not really know how to navigate it as well as I do know. My wife seems to be learning a little too. She has now created her own site and is marketing her business that is growing at a rapid rate. I am very proud of that.
I was very nervous to begin this path. I have now faced my fears a little bit and feel as if I am learning something new every week. I learned that its a ton more work than I ever thought and that I really did not know as much about technology as I assumed either. I have been reading and following directions and picking up things that I feel will be very rewarding to my future. I even have been pleasantly surprised by the feed back I have received from my peers as well as from family. I know I am still a little shaky on a few of the tasks, but I will get better in time. I also have learned that I enjoy blogging. I hope to continue and add things weekly. So until next time keep reading and I hope you enjoy.
In Elon University's study of "Generation Always-On", tech experts around the world predict on how these teens to mid 20's will benefit / suffer by 2020.
I work in a school. There is not a day that goes by that I do not see at least a hundred different cell phones or other WiFi devices being used in the morning, lunch time, or after school. The school has even provided a "guest channel" on the WiFi so students can use it.
I too like all the new devices and all that they do. I do get nervous about the future generations relying on these gadgets. Our library is hardly used for things like checking out an encyclopedias. Most of the students do not even know what that is.
I know that with so much communication it is becoming a distraction. I have some students that can hardly wait to check their phones to see the next text or status postings from Facebook.
I too fall guilty of this and I am often reminded to disconnect for a period of time so I can reconnect with family eye to eye.
I welcome technology , but I am afraid the next generation will forget what how to be alive and present for things like conversations and natural human interactions versus being behind a screen and always having a answer at their finger tips rather than using their own instincts to locate an answer. I hope there will be a balance some how.
Nicole A Buzzeto-More wrote an article titled, "Social Networking in Undergraduate Education." Her main focus is exploring social media systems (Facebook, Twitter, etc.) as instructional tools in the education sector. Are they effective?
She conducted her study at a school with a large demographic. The results showed that mos results showed that the student body would prefer using sites like Facebook rather than the previous ones.
She also feels that faculty members should adopt using these sites more so it can build better learning communities and stronger student relationships.
I too believe this is the way education should go. I remember my brother showing me "The FaceBook" site that was only for college kids. I had a Myspace page but it was nothing like Facebook.
Now that social sites have grown just about everyone I know has a Facebook page. I work in a school setting and I believe that since students are on it anyways it will actually help them focus on it rather than being a distraction from their work .
I feel it would be a great thing to foster the power of it so it can add to education.
So as time goes on I feel fortunate that the web has been something that I was able to learn fairly quick and have been able to keep up on the growth of it. I feel that locating info is at your finger tips and can be done with extreme ease and pretty acurate for the most part. I constantly check news sites for daily things like sport scores, weather, and for most big news stories that are trending. I go to places like Twitter since I feel that is as close to real time news as it gets. The Local TV news really is something I no longer watch since it takes several stories sometimes to get the info I want and even then the details are to little for me to get really into.
I feel the internet has allowed me to venture and do things that I would not normally do like work on my car, do electrical work and plumbing in my house. I frequently go to YouTube to look up how to"s so I can learn whatever task I have to do. I know I have saved hundreds perhaps even thousand of dollars because I do it all myself now.
Now for my dark side of using the web. It tends to distract me when I am on social websites and just shopping. I sometimes find myself on it surfing for hours and I was only checking on one thing. Its a bad habit especially on my phone. I hate it, but its tough to put down. My wife has to remind me to put it down so I can connect with my family which I know is a terrible thing to admit. I learning to control my addiction.
I still feel that technology is here to stay and it will only get bigger. I embrace it and I know my kids do. I work in a school and although we still use pencil and paper I truly feel that in time it will no longer be used. I just hope we always have human teachers, but you never know. Wow that is a scary thought..
I am a coach and when we begin to talk about an upcoming game we always talk about playing to our strengths. I find this very valuable in many ways. First we identify what we are good at and how to use it to possibly gain an advantage over our opponents. After watching the video with Marcus Buckingham it makes me wonder why I did not do that more often with of the things in my life. I mean in some cases I naturally do it. Like when I decided to change my career path. I went after my passion and the things I felt I am good at versus what I thought I was suppose to be doing. My wife also supported me in the leap of faith. It was difficult and still is at times but because I am confident in what I do I feel that it always works out. I am a true visualizer and when I set my minds eye on it I know in time I will achieve it. I am also very eager to always learn. I may not always grasp things right away , but after a awhile I learn to adapt what I need from the lesson and then I apply it to my task.
Now for the areas that are totally out of my strengths. Well I fear them ...a lot. I sometimes see myself struggling in the situation and then fear sets in and I lose all my confidence and then start to panic which ultimately starts many negative things and I tend to quit or brush it aside and wait for the next opportunity to try again.
I feel that returning to school is also a small fear since it was slightly outside my strengths. I know though that for me to chase the dreams I have I need to adapt quickly and survive. I really do not just want to survive I really want to excel. I believe I can I just need a moment to breathe and pay attention.
I was eight years old when I start to remember things in a clearer and more connected picture than just bits and pieces. I grew up in North Hollywood , California on a dead end street as the only kid on the whole block. I always knew that my father worked hard in whatever he did whether it was sweeping the back yard or washing the cars. I never saw my dad do a thing without leaving it better than what it was. He was a perfectionist in my opinion. He just worked and worked without ever being tired. I remember when I would think "why cannot he not just leave things alone" I once asked him. He said when I am at work I am working for the family to have with nice things, and when I am at home I feel like its my job to keep things nice for us. He was always doing things mostly keeping the outside of our house immaculate. My mom seemed to have the inside altogether so I was able to see both sides of things.
My father was a long haul trucker that moved furniture/household goods. This means if you need to move from one place to the other he would come in and pack up all your stuff load it himself and off we go as fast as we could to deliver at your new place. This to me was a cool job at first because every time I went with my dad to a job I got to hang out and explore new places or meet new kids and people. I sometimes got enjoyment out of the people my dad would hire because they each had a story and life experiences that reminded me of Tom Sawyer and Huckfinn stories. So basically I just messed around until he was done a ready to leave. I once remember my dad was on his ladder lifting a heavy item when it shifted and he fell of the ladder and stepped on a buckle of strap and broke his left ankle. He got up and continued to work for the next 6 hours loading his truck without a whimper. Then we went to the hospital and they said its broke. He said well give me a pain killer or two cause I have to work tomorrow. I was like but dad you need time off he said "well who is going to work for me" I said I will dad he laughed hugged me and said I will be fine. I never heard about it again although I knew driving the truck was hard and shifting through all 13 gears was painful. When I saw this I then began to start trying to help him as much as I could at every job from there on out. The first job I helped with was extremely difficult. This lady had over 300 boxes of books with a total of 52 steps in and out of her house. I moved like one box at a time and I was dead after 10 boxes. My father laughed and grabbed a stack of 5 at a time with a giant strap and walked up and out of the house like nothing. I was in awe and thought this man is nuts and awfully strong. He looked at me and was like NO PAIN NO GAIN . That has always stuck with me. Even today I believe that you must shed something to gain something. Whether is pain, money, or emotions. My father is and always will be my hero. He taught me how to be a man without trying. I hope I can be the man, father, and Husband that he has been.