New Media is like a megaphone. It amplifies your ability to reach people. ~Mark Batterson.
I believe this quote is a wonderful representative of today's involvement with technology! As discussed in class there is so many different social media applications that children and adults use to reach others around the world in a matter of minutes. Almost every person has their own form of a phone that allows them to reach others, even young children today have increased in owning a phone. As Katia has stated, about 10.3 is the age that children receive their first phone with 92% of toddlers having their own digital footprint. 34% of people have a digital footprint before they are even born. If you think of that compared to in older times; there was some places around the world that didn't document birthdays, most of the birthdays are documented by the church and are usually not the exact day the person was born. But if we look at today, many people post their child's ultrasound or sonogram, although we know there is some cases today that a persons actual birthday isn't recorded such as a refugee who is now living in Canada. Did you know that for many of the refugees that arrive in Canada their birthday is January 1st. This is because of either unknown birthday or not having access to government documents.
When introducing Technology into our classrooms; we have to make sure it is bringing in positively to the classroom. This means it is important to teach children about their digital footprint and how important it is to leave a digital footprint. We have to make sure students have an understanding of their digital footprint being anywhere online, in and outside the classroom. One thing I learned from Katia during class is that Snapchat saves all photos on their servers, so even though they state pictures are gone after a couple seconds it's somewhere on the web. I know everything I post shows up, that people can search for but snapchat saving the photos was something I never thought of myself. Kids most likely will not have a deep understanding of their digital footprint if we are still unknown to our own digital footprint. This is why it is important for us to learn about our own digital footprint and teach the younger generations about having a good digital footprint.
One student in EDTC300 (can't remember who), stated that we must look at how technology has truly shaped the students minds and ways of knowing/ living. This is very important to consider during lesson planning, students lives are revolved around technology today as much as our own. How can we fit technology into the curriculum to help engage the students? As we know there is many different applications found online that are linking to online learning, such as google classroom. If you haven't already saw google classroom has feature that allows you to make a bitmoji classroom, If your interested creating your own heres a great link (Virtual Bitmojis)! Technology is apart of our students lives so why don't we use that to our advantage to help engage students and build meaningful connections. Although, using technology in the classroom is an important idea in today's day and age, face-to-face connections are still highly important. Its hard to meet students needs while communicating with them over technology!
An anthropological introduction to Youtube, is a very informative video about how technology and most importantly Youtube has shaped our world. Michael Wesh discusses how it is important to rethink, rethink a few things such as copyright, authorship, identity, ethics, aesthetics, governance, privacy, commerce, love, family, and most importantly ourselves. This is important to look at when looking into bringing technology into the classroom and the world. He looked into the idea that the web is linking people like never before; which connects to the previously discussed quote. There is many people that I have connected with over technology like all of you #EDTC300, if it wasn't for the technology around today there is a high chance I wouldn't have met most of you and wouldn't have been able to take part in EDTC300. I think youtube is a great source for teachers and students to use in or outside the classroom, as talked about in class there is so many videos that students can search up "How to" and receive millions of videos teaching them useful skills. So why not use this to our advantage as teachers?
The world is so different today then it was in the past, with the world revolved around technology. As a future teacher I have to be able to use this to my advantage, to help students succeed. Katia stated that getting rid of technology won't solve the worlds issues, there was issues before technology. Issues today are more known because of technology, this is both a good and bad thing. Its important to be in the known about the world but being to much can cause stress on your life. Remember even though technology is important to the world today, take breaks from it and step away from the world for a bit. It will be good for your mental health, What do you do to take a break from technology? I enjoy having time with my family and friends (social-distancing of course) away from the digital screens.
Comment and tell me what you do to relieve stress or take a break from the many technology devices. Thanks again for reading my blog, I look forward to hearing from you all!
(Photo is from christmas; Included in photo is Sister Ali (9), Step dad Ryan, Mom Trina, Sister Brooklyn (13), Myself and Boyfriend Jared)