Because I am not currently a mom (except to my fur baby, a black lab named Charlie) I haven’t been exposed to how technology is being taught and embraced in schools. Tomorrow I get to participate in “Principal for a Day,” an annual campaign put on through the Chamber of Commerce. I was chosen by my company to shadow the principal at the Nexton Elementary school, the first 1:1 technology school in the County and one of the firsts in the state of South Carolina.
1:1 technology means that every student is assigned a personal learning device, much like issuing a textbook. The technology is supposed to enhance learning, and not to be used as a substitute.
Knowing that elementary age students would have access to the internet made me cautious and I found myself teetering on my stance between an amazing initiative and a pretty scary one. Here were some of the thoughts I have running around in my head:
Does access to this technology give the student a leg up in the world? Will they be better able to advance in the digital age because they have been exposed to this at such a young age? Is there such thing as too much screen time? Will the child prefer the screen over face-to-face interaction with their teacher? What about online safety measures?
I wonder how far behind someone falls in future career opportunities if they are not equipped to handle the technologies of the present and of the current? I think about my mom who is nearing retirement and couldn’t imagine her using an iPad to run her business and worry that her lack of education on technology will make it very hard for her to even find part-time volunteer work because everything is so connected these days!
I’m really looking forward to my day tomorrow so that I can get some of these questions answered by educators who are clearly in support of this initiative. I look forward to checking back in here and letting you all know how it goes.
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