Technology and Sunglasses.

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Students need technology.

For them, it’s a need, not a want.

It’s the same reason I have sunglasses.I'm Watching You.

I didn’t wear sunglasses when I was younger because I didn’t need them.

I could see just fine, even when I looked directly into the sun.

Well, I could see until I passed out from all the little spots clouding my vision.

Then I got smart (not a lot, just a little).  I started wearing sunglasses and discovered how much I needed them.

It’s the same with kids and technology.

Maybe they didn’t “need” computers, video games, and smart phones when they were younger.

But that was then.

This is now.

And now they need it.

Their use of technology has created a hunger for more technology (and more… and more… and more).

Just like sunglasses.

The more you wear them, the more you need them.

It’s the same with technology.

When will schools figure this out?

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5 Responses to “Technology and Sunglasses.”

  1. Olwyn Hughes
    on Aug 20th, 2010
    @ 4:31 pm

    I agree with you 100%! Schools do need more technology. We need to realize that those of us who are techology immigrants need to get with the program.

    That said, it does make me sad that technology is taking over the real face to face relationships that we were forced to have when the technology didn’t exist. I beieve that there is a place for all the technology but I do wish that we had more of a happy medium.

    My daughter and her friends will text to each other when they are in the same room! And, having instant feedback from her friends seems to be making her less sure of who she really is. I think that technology is taking away the ability to be alone, really alone, in the world – a skill we all need to have.

  2. Melanie
    on Aug 20th, 2010
    @ 6:30 pm

    I would agree that technology is creating a generation who does not know how to interact with each other and have a “normal” conversation. Silence is necessary to understand ourselves, and we have so little of it today that we don’t know who we are. On the up side, I think this year I’ll finally get a projector! Here’s hoping!

  3. Laura
    on Aug 20th, 2010
    @ 6:46 pm

    Two links I keep on my own site:

    1. Siftables – kind of neat product in development (

    2. SixthSense – somewhere between cool and creepy – this is a bit of technology in development

  4. Alicia Kessler
    on Aug 27th, 2010
    @ 6:26 am

    I always find these conversations very interesting…..I don’t like to talk on the phone…..heck I don’t like to talk to many people. Especially if I don’t have all the Accelerated Reader classes ready to go on the 2 hour attendance day (go ahead boo me….I’ve been at this for 14 years, I can take it). I like texting and Facebook/social media because if I don’t want to respond right away I don’t have to. I don’t have to be tethered to the conversation the way some folks can do to you in the hall or on the phone. And truth be told, in the last year that my neighbors joined Facebook, we have actually had conversations, rather than merely a curt nod at the post office.
    I have wondered a lot how my childhood would have been different with more technology. Everybody at some point feels like they are a square peg in a round hole. I still feel that way at lunch when my co-workers start talking about their favorite reality shows. Really? I mention Glee and the Coen Brothers and you could hear a pin drop. When that happened as a kid, would technology have helped me find others whose drum beat was more reggae when I was surrounded by a sea of country AND western? It was pretty hard to find in a town of 400 while waiting on the book-mobile.

    Michael Smith Reply:

    @Alicia Kessler, Texting is the best invention ever because it allows you to talk to people you don’t want to talk to.

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