Balance is the Key

Just watched this video clip and felt a bit like he was speaking to the choir with me. A tech integrationist, (teach students tech in context in their rooms when they need it) I am constantly having to defend tech. I am having to defend it because most of the information going out to people about tech is how bad it is for everyone.

What about how good it can be? What about that student who doesn’t speak English who I sat next to and used google translate to help him understand the purpose of an assignment. Who then lit up like a light bulb because he finally understood what he was supposed to be doing in the class?

What about the student who has motor skill issues with handwriting but is able to publish a story using audio that is just as good as their peers?

I have this debate nearly every day and I am not all tech all the time. I have often asked teachers, why are you using tech wouldn’t it be easier and faster to just have them write/speak/draw something.

But to globally discount it because someone proved it’s bad, drives me nuts. I especially get nuts when they start talking about serotonin & stress levels. Baby’s crying creates stress in a parent, nobody is suggesting that they leave or get rid of the baby to manage their stress.

I agree that BALANCE is key. And just like not everyone gets it right with food, alcohol, exercise or anything else. It doesn’t mean we get rid of the thing but we educate better about the thing. In this case the “thing” is Tech.

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