“We shouldn’t be teaching kids to be afraid of social media, or that technology is bad for them. We should treat these tools like any influence in their life and help them manage the responsibilities connected to these tools effectively and ethically.” Mary Beth Hertz
This weeks class really got me thinking about how we introduce and teach technology in our classrooms and in general to kids. I make the assumption that kids know more about technology then I do because of the world they are growing up in. But truly most kids are thrown in with no guidelines or knowledge and just figure it out on their own. Students most likely don’t have a very good foundation of what exactly the internet is. I was talking to my grandma this week and she asked me to come help her with a lap top my dad got her. I was thinking how much she just won’t understand with pop up ads, viruses, cookies, etc. Reflecting on Mary Hertz’s conversation, I realized I don’t really understand it either. I just know how to close an ad or click on the ‘x’ when a cookie comes up. But I don’t actually understand any of it. I don’t even know what a cookie or URL really is. So how am I supposed to teach students all about the digital world when I don’t get it? I think we make lots of assumptions when working through technologies and hope that we figure out how to press the right buttons. How do we actually teach the basics so students can enter this world with a great understanding of everything they need to know. First I believe teachers need more professional development to start this process. Mary Hertz spoke about her freshman introduction class she teaches about technology and the digital world. As she was explaining what she teaches I was wishing I could be in her class. I was thinking about how beneficial the class would be for all teachers and students. I was asking myself so many questions. Why is this not a mandatory class in schools? Why is this information not viewed as essential for all teachers and students? Our world is just evolving more into the digital world and we don’t want students to have to figure it out on their own when this is the world they are growing up in. Having explicit teaching about how technology works, the role it has in our lives and education, social media, and safety online is crucial in our education system.
Mary Hertz talk really got me to reflect on my own practices in the classroom and to understand that technology should be an important part of our education system. I think all educators would’ve benefitted from listening in to our class with her. I am thankful to be in this class and continue to learn about so much new content I haven’t thought deeply about before. I am grateful to be learning along side an awesome, supportive group!
How do you think our education system is doing in implementing the knowledge of digital literacy/identity, social media, technology, etc.?