Kids Don’t Always Love Technology

I found this article very interesting because I feel like it is very accurate. I know, personally, that I don’t always like technology…even though I am a Digital Media Innovation major. Technology can be frustrating especially as the newer, improved and more advanced it gets. It’s hard to keep up with all the changes that tech companies are coming out with.

One of the points made it the article was that technology is a distraction. That could not be any more true. We don’t talk to each other face to face anymore. Unless we are friends or put into groups and forced to talk to each other, we are usually on our phones. If you walk into a high school or college classroom that is evident. It makes me kind of sad, because we are missing opportunities to make new friends or connections with people around us.

I know a lot of young people can relate to this article or the frustration of technology. Although I –and a lot of young people– still love my phone and laptop dearly, I can see why this stereotype of the technology-obsessed generation can be an unfair assumption.

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  1. I am a technology teacher and I can totally relate to this. My class is not an elective it is a requirement. Mostly to give the other teachers a break and also to attract new students of our “High Tech” lab. My students are low income, “at risk”, and most don’t even have a computer at home. Their parents are either not involved, in prison or see technology as a blow-off class. The students are disengaged and there is no catching their attention unless its letting them watch youtube videos in class (which isn’t allowed and not a productive use of their time at all) They see no value in learning how to type, program, create graphics, video or anything related. The program is a great opportunity for them but through their own personal lives and what other staff deem the class, students use the opportunity to take a break and socialize.

    The schools invest in technology for the classroom to boost their revenue, yet they don’t give training (to save time and money).

    Overall the frustration of trying to engaged students with fancy complex technology equipment is daunting and I’ve never found a solution to get them to care even just a little bit about technology. Most students don’t want to focus on core class and the stigma of technology being an “extra” class further demotivates them from such an important part of their future.

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