Introduction for ECMP 355

I was given a couple questions and wrote up some answers (long and short)

1. Who are you?

I am currently a professional note-taker at the University of Regina, from now on a husband, and, since youth, a writer, musician, reader, believer, traveller, dreamer, Christ follower, and avid curator of curiosity.

2. What are your initial thoughts on the use of technology in the classroom?

I grew up without satellite or cable. My use of my computer time was limited by my mother. I didn’t get a cell-phone until I graduated. I prefer physically doing things and communicating personally than engaging in any form of work or society electronically (this class’ complete immersion in links and blogs is slightly unnerving me).

So, that might give some context to the fact that I am wary of technology in the classroom. Tech tools, portable electronic devices, and computers have all become part of my life to one degree or another and I believe that they are powerful and useful tools for students and teachers alike. But responsibility over the use of these systems has to evolve as they evolve. Hopefully teachers can find useful and succint methods of classroom implementation as fast as technology is spreading into homes. It is a possibility that the Ministry of Education has decided to bend their methodology to the fact that every child now owns an iPhone by the age of three. It is a possibility that the education system can be moulded by the econo-consumer activity of its students. It should be the other way around. Humans must mould the technology present in classrooms, accessing it in a efficient fashion. Another factor to help teachers get a sense of how technology is impacting North America is found in the reports of several professionals.

This is an excerpt from an article by Dr. Richard Friedman:

“I think another social factor that, in part, may be driving the “epidemic” of A.D.H.D. has gone unnoticed: the increasingly stark contrast between the regimented and demanding school environment and the highly stimulating digital world, where young people spend their time outside school. Digital life, with its vivid gaming and exciting social media, is a world of immediate gratification where practically any desire or fantasy can be realized in the blink of an eye. By comparison, school would seem even duller to a novelty-seeking kid living in the early 21st century than in previous decades, and the comparatively boring school environment might accentuate students’ inattentive behavior, making their teachers more likely to see it and driving up the number of diagnoses.”

3. Anything else that you’d like to add to introduce yourself.

If you are a Gene Wolfe fan, email me.

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