Technology in Education From the Eyes of a Millennial

In school I’ve studied millennials and their technology habits. I’ve researched that we are the most technological generation and all of that. Naturally I understood the limitations and realized that some industries don’t need to be as technologically advanced as others.
Before my education career began, it was common sense to me to integrate as much technology as possible in the classroom.  It is something all the kids are growing up with and are interested in.  And it isn’t going away. It is really less work for you as an educator to grab their attention when it is something you are already interested in.
Anyway, I went through these technology training sessions for teachers – which was great! – except I am the youngest faculty member, and was incredibly bored to the point of clawing my eyeballs out. Since I couldn’t focus on the actual material, because I knew more than what they were presenting, I focused on observing the other faculty members. So I learned: many teachers do not understand the inner workings of a SMART board, or that I-clickers exist or even the tricks of using a computer or user-friendly webpage. NO WONDER WHY THERE IS THIS PUSH FOR TECHNOLOGY AND ENGAGING THE KIDS. Duhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh. It was a serious realization. My middle school was one of the testing schools for the SMART board so that thing is like second nature. It is really weird to think that some people don’t know how they work or the advantages of this type of technology. I guess that’s just the millennial in me.

I’m the kid that pulls out a piece technology to look up something that people were wondering mid conversation. Why leave it to later when there is time right now? There is a higher chance you’ll forget about it- plus if you look now, it will give you more time to ponder that idea and ask more questions. Anyway, in my career as a student, I’ve become an EXCELLENT researcher. I can find so many things and I love it. Do you know how many looks I’ve gotten when I’ve pulled out my tablet and begin writing on it? Way too many. I find it extremely convenient and easy and really fun. I also struggle with handwriting notes because of fabulous carpal tunnel. Anyway, it’s also helpful in the classroom. But too many people believe that you as a millennial abuse forms of technology. So if I were to pull out my phone or tablet, people automatically assume I am up to no good until I pull the stylus out and begin writing (I loveeeee the Samsung note series).
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I guess what I am trying to understand is their possible thoughts. If you are there for the kids and want to help them understand, wouldn’t you do as much as possible to engage them? Engaging them will open the doors to learning. Like learn how to use the technology they are already used to? I mean that even goes way beyond the classroom and teaching. This technology one day will be outdated; hell, the computers, no matter the type, are outdated the minute you purchase them. But, listen, if you learn this technology and become accustomed to it, you should have little to no issue “upgrading” – provided you know how to properly use technology, and there are a lot of other factors that only fellow scientists care about. If you choose to ignore the current technology, you are only going to fall further behind or even “off the planet” for lack of better words. If you cannot keep up with today’s technology, how the hell are you going to survive in tomorrow’s or next year’s? You won’t. That future technology is way more advanced than the technology you are currently skeptical of. To me, I see the benefits of learning all of the new technologies outweighing the cons.
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It’s all just so interesting to me. I guess I am surprised and perhaps concerned that this topic just connected to the brain.

LZE

Never Stop Questioning

It’s funny how the world works.

What makes you think of a certain person? Do a certain action? Watch that movie? Get those weird feelings inside? People usually respond with God or some higher power. I don’t think that way, but I am always astounded by the way nature works. The past week has been particularly interesting,  surely I have had weeks like this before but I figured that I would write about this one.

Late at night when  I can’t sleep I tend to ponder Facebook. Just skimming through profiles or whatever, friends and non-friends; catching up on all the latest and greatest. Well, I recently visited an old friend’s profile out of random curiousity – haven’t caught up in a while. I don’t message or talk to or add as a friend again. Because honestly I don’t care; I’m only interested in them at this given time. It’s weird and creepy but whatever. Anyway, just out of the blue, two days after I looked at their profile on Facebook, they messaged me. Now, keep in mind, we haven’t talked in years. So this was really weird, but like I said, nature is pretty fascinating.

It gets better. Four and two days ago, meaning on two occasions,  my boyfriend and I were watching Mrs. Doubtfire. We love that movie. And we were commenting on it’s greatness as well as how awesome Robin Williams was. We’ve always wanted to know if he adlibbed that whole animation scene, as well if the way the wig scene was filmed was the way it was intended. Through watching the movie, laughing of course, I was reminded that I really wanted to buy Dead Poet’s Society because I also freaking love that movie – and I am just starting my teaching career. I can see it now……tearing out the pages of the math textbook.. Hahahaha I seriously love that movie. THEN ROBIN WILLIAMS DIES oh my goodness I almost started crying. I am legitimately heartbroken over his death. I don’t care for celebrities too much, but he was one of the few. He was in all my childhood movies making me laugh,  cry, think about life. I am so sad for his passing. I am also happy that he is no longer suffering. While I wish his condition could have been cured or managed, it put a lot of things into perspective. It shows that even though you, publicly, are an awesome person and have things that others dream of having,  you aren’t always happy. All those things, despite what people think, don’t make you happy – I mean they can for a while, but certainly not long term. It’s so crazy.

Life works so weirdly. Have you ever thought about why you went through certain “life events”? Or crossed paths with a certain someone? Thought about why you think or the method of your thinking and why you might think that way? Life is so cool when you start thinking and connecting all those characteristics.

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LZE