Day 36 (of 185) our tech disruption hypocrisy (in classrooms)
I see it again and again…..kids distracting themselves while the teacher is trying to maintain their attention. Hidden in their laps. Snuck into desks to be pulled out whenever the teacher isn’t looking. Directing themselves into an imaginarium away from the routine of the classroom. This disruption to education has two sides to it…..
because when it’s a book, “we” often turn away or politely remind them to tuck it away until later.
when it’s a screen, “we” often want to confiscate it and publicly declare how disrupting it is.
And I’m thinking more and more about this hypocrisy. As self regulation devices, books are amazing – but so are screens….depending on who is using them….because both can be great distractions to mentally escape what is happening in the classroom. Yet one is accepted and another reviled (typically).
And this connected with another discussion I had today about tech (and books are technology – and one of the most disruptive forces to impact humanity) and how it’s best when “the right person is using the right tool for them”. For some books are the easiest (and still most socially acceptable) anti-social device. For others, the electric screen connects better with them (and those darned screens….)
So, being more aware of my own hypocrisy, I edited a meme- as a teacher librarian I still like the rebels who read during class time, late at night under the covers, etc etc – and expanding my acceptance to screens since they can have many more books to choose from and not need to balance a flashlight at the same time!