After watching the TedTalk about quitting the internet for a year.. My first thought was along the lines of Paul being brave for just jumping off the deep end and living with NO internet. NO social connections besides those face to face… NO emails, Facebook, Twitter, random homework-avoiding Google searches… NOTHING… I got to thinking myself.. I really don’t manage my internet time very well. In fact, as I am writing this, I have two shoe shopping tabs open that I most certainly don’t need open. I have a really hard time focusing, especially online, my brain sidetracks and the more I sidetrack the further away from my work I get. I am an all-online student, so being online is a must for me, so getting rid of the internet would be very hard!
Multitasking is a great thing.. If you can manage it well. I don’t mind having two-three tabs open while browsing, but as soon as I go to add another tab, I have to stop myself, or I will never return to what I was intentionally doing.
I think that the internet is a great thing to have, however, it is abused in so many ways that everyone eventually starts suffering the consequences. The internet brings us ways to share photos, memories, personal thoughts (not everyone wants to know), it allows us to communicate with friends, family, and co-workers who we are not able to see face-to-face.
As a future early childhood educator, I want to limit the amount of internet and technology that is used in my classroom. There are TONS of resources for teachers to use in the classroom, as well as those resources to share with parents. I’ve said this before… But as a teacher, I want to show the children that they can do both, learn from the internet and the classroom to learn. I do NOT want those children to become technology dependent.
I want them to be able to prioritize their lives.