Thursday, September 25, 2014

It's OK to Unplug Sometimes

Being a technology integration specialist, it is my job to work with teachers on how to incorporate technology into their lessons. However, I also understand the value of balance and the need to unplug from time to time.

I use my technology for everything: email, social media, calendar, phone, to do lists, radio, camera, tv/movies, and the list goes on and on. This past weekend, my 5-year old wanted to play hangman. Sure, I could have downloaded "an app for that" but instead, we pulled the art easel out and although he only knew three words--go, to, and you--he started pulling words from magazines, a dictionary, and even made up some. We had so much fun. No technology. No searching. No Siri. Nothing that involved electronics. It was honestly the most fun we had in a while (even when he puts up a three letter word that ended up being T-H-I because he didn't like the S in THIS!).

Many teachers and parents have expressed their hope that their students don't become so involved in technology at school that they lose sight of personal connections. Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Vine, Clash of Clans, Don't Step on the Tile, Candy Crush, etc. all take up so much time. We have to get our students to unplug from time to time and "look up." They need to connect without being connected. This summer, I saw a great video being passed around Facebook that is called Look Up. According to http://filmmakeriq.com, this is a video based on a poem by Gary Turk reminding us that the more we get "connected," the more we are alone.

Enjoy this video and then, unplug for a little bit and enjoy the world. Be sure to come back next week though for my next post!


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