As most of my evenings usually go, I was at the hair salon, whiling away the hours by stumbling. Or, using stumbleupon, for those not in the know.
Here’s the thing. I effing love stumbleupon. Its candy for my scattered brain. I can push a tiny button, and a website that I will surely love is going to pop up, and I can even thumbs up it or comment my oh-so-important opinion? Bomb. I honestly can say that, at my work, I spend about 90% of the time stumbling, 8% sneaking soda and chocolate that is supposed to be for our clients (I haven’t yet reached this point, but some of the stylist drink wine or beer intended for clients from coffee mugs while cutting and dyeing hair), and 2% doing the one copy-paste-email speadsheet required of me and taking out the two bags of trash that are actually totally optional for me to take out because we have a cleaning service. Yes, I am paid 12/hour before bonuses to hurdle towards diabetes and/or waste my own time.
Anyways, I have a few channels I like to stumble; graffiti and photography and poetry and humor, blah blah blah. Recently I have been stumbling the education channel, and recently I’ve been developing a major pet peeve. Almost every single site I stumble has to do with new technology for the classroom. Not fun things to do in the classroom, not lesson plans, not shout out to great teachers- just piles of tech talk. Its shown me Edmodo and Evernote and a list of 100 of the best tech site for teachers. And here’s the thing- I’m kind of over it.
I’m not the most into technology. I still play video games on a N64 and think the video quality is just fine. My laptop was probably used by a dinosaur before me (a dinosaur that didn’t mind that its so old that it doesn’t have word OR a webcam, but really, what dino needs both?). My phone is a scratched up blackberry, and I still sometimes use a darkroom to develop photos. There. I said it.
And I am such a technophobe that I get uncomfortable when I see that we are hurdling rapidly towards the digital age.Because here is my honest opinion: I think a lot of technology is dumbing us down immensly.
I had an english teacher tell us that she stopped caring about spelling once word perfected its spell checker.
You can sparknote literally anything, making it totally unnecessary for kids to read outside the classroom anymore.
Kids think its OK 2 writ lyke dis sumtimes.
Or the fact that THIS exists on Yahoo! Answers.
I don’t know, I just feel like students are going to become these little drones who don’t read books, or who will evenutally only own kindle copies of books that they still wont actually read and just sparknote, and that things like writing with a pen and pencil (and then handwriting as we know it altogether!) will dissapear. Call me stuck in the old age, call me a techphobe- I just don’t think its a great thing that we can get any answer we want anytime about anything. I feel like we are fast approaching an age of information overload, where we hear a ton and never actually retain anything. Does anyone else feel like all this technology might not be a good thing?
I do have to make one redeeming comment about StumbleUpon education section before I go…every time I think it has failed me, it delivers a gem like this….