How can you feel at ease when a digital forensics and data security expert says to you, “internet privacy and protection is a MYTH”? … When he tells you he has explored countless cases where children have been vulnerably exposing themselves to a much bigger and scarier world then Instagram and Twitter? … When we find out our fifth graders are bullying each other on Facebook, our 4th graders are putting pictures of their houses on their public Instagram, or when our 3rd graders are tweeting provocative pictures of themselves for anyone looking at “#selfie”? … #WAITWHAT? #STOPTHERE
Of course the first thing that comes to our minds is stop it, block it, take the big bad internet away from them! The fact is, we just can’t do that. The internet is in their schools, in their homes, or sitting in their pockets. Protection is a myth, instead we must teach, monitor, and trust our children to use the internet for good not evil!
When I was a child the best piece of technology I owned was a razor cell phone. It flipped open, had a sleek design, and offered a free trial for a car racing game. I sat in class texting my friends, playing mindless (un-educational) games, and changing the background on my phone… A few years into high school the “smart phone” was introduced to my generation, and we were hooked. We now had unlimited access to the internet, every social media cite, countless apps and games to keep us occupied for 25 out of the 24 hours in a day! The schools response was outdated and boring, “No phones in school!” They were stuck in their ways and unable to see all the great opportunities they had to connect with the students! Every students full attention was at their finger tips while the teachers were demanding them to look up at a boring, old white board.
I believe Patrick Larkin has the right idea of what education of the future should look like. He gave his entire high school body ipads to use throughout their years at the school. This opened up countless opportunities for learning, connecting, and changing the old-school education system into a fresh-faced, technology friendly learning environment. Technology is the future, today’s students are the future, why not connect?
After listening to our class speakers talk about difference makers I wanted to do more research on technology that is making a difference in classrooms today. I came across a lot of information on technologies that help special education students communicate and learn along side typical students. I would be very interested in learning more about the technologies being used in today’s special education classroom.
The fact is that all children in America, in the year 2013, are playing video games. We live in a world of technology at our fingertips. We live in a world where babies have iPads and six year olds have cell phones. I think it’s safe to say that we cannot stop these children from discovering, and actually enjoying, violent video games. So, if we can’t take the violence out of the video games, why don’t we put the education in?
As many reasons somebody tells me why video games are bad for children, I can offer the same amount for why they are good. Video games encourage language and literacy skills. Video games also allows children to explore their imagination, learn certain valuable life skills, as well as provides knowledge in subjects such as math, history and science. Yes, there is violence in these games, but there is also so much more. Take the video game away for the children, you’re left with violent TV shows, movies, imaginative play and even books! Why not control what we can? That is, give them what they want while sneaking in those educational opportunities! Let us create a violent video game about the American Revolution loaded with historical facts and rich language. Then let us test those children on their knowledge of the American Revolution. I could bet that this dragon slaying generation would know a lot more about it then we ever expected!