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Wednesday, March 9, 2016

SOL 2016 Day 9: The Joy of Technology


Two Writing Teachers Slice of Life March Challenge 2016
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I just ended a Zoom call with two of my friends. The amazing thing is that one of them lives in Southern California and one of them in Australia. Since I live in Northern California, this call was the only way we could see each other's lovely faces. How fun! 

I've Zoomed several times now, once with nine people. With each of us in our little square, we looked like we were on Hollywood Squares or the beginning of The Brady Bunch (I'm dating myself here. Those of you too young to know these, Google them!) 

Many teachers and parents bemoan the fact that young people seem to be glued to their phones or text each other while sitting right next to each other. I worry about that too. I also worry about all the parents I see walking with their small children while talking on their cell phones. What about talking to the kids, pointing out things around them? I wonder what will happen to those children without that kind of interaction.

Because we humans can be a gloomy lot when it comes to change, every new technological innovation seems to portend doom for "civilization as we've known it." And of course many technological "advances" have been horrific: the atom bomb, nerve gas just to name a couple. 

But then there is the technology that lets me Zoom call with my friends from far away. Then this blog post going out to hundreds of people I've never met. And the blog posts I will read and respond to tonight. These advances I am happy I've got.

6 comments:

  1. Technology can be a huge blessing and a terrible curse! Thank you for sharing and reminding us of the good stuff!

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    1. I know sometimes it's hard to remember!

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  2. I spent the last two school days at a technology conference, and although I often mourn the loss of many of the old ways of learning, I have to admit I was excited with some of the possibilities that await me as I ponder some of the ideas to spice up my teaching. I was interested in your post and am glad to have read it. And I have never heard of Zoom. Sounds like a neat way to connect.

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    1. I know what you mean about mourning the old days. But there are so many exciting things happening. Keep going with some of the new ways. Your students will love it - and you just might as well.

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  3. I've never heard of Zoom. Wonder if it might be better than Google chat for our long distance book club. There are three of us.

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    1. Yes, I recommend it. I was using Google Hangout with two long distant friends but like Zoom even more. Try it.

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