Friday, August 17, 2012

The things we can do!!!

This week in technology class we visited about the places all around us that we can use some form of technology. From watching TV, to using an iPad, to cooking on the stove, technology is infused in many aspects of our lives. Internet is available for everybody now, a given for schools and businesses. Children today don't even know there is (was) such a thing as a long-distance phone call. Cell phones are the norm now for children as well as adults. And phones are not JUST for talking! We can take photos, play games, text, use it as a gps, search the internet or scan a bar code!

Blogging, social networks such as Face Book, LinkedIn, Google+ are growing exponentially every day. Many people do not even have a television in their home. They view programs on their laptops. One major change this decade has come in the way we use applications. Ten years ago, we had applications installed on our computer desktops. Now, there are a myriad of apps available online from web mail, to photo editing, to case management - most of which is free!

The question is not IF our children will be using technology, but HOW. As parents and educators, we strive to model responsible behavior in the many areas of technology. A person does not automatically know responsible etiquette online. It needs to be modeled.

Here's a cute video that I viewed at the ISTE (International Society for Technology in Education) Conference that I attended with several other staff members from Bennett County Schools last June. It points out how fast things are changing in the world of technology. Ever hear of Blockbuster Video????