The Day With No Technology
- Megan Hopkins
THE TECH IN MY LIFE
My Laptop: All of my assignments and schedules for school are organized through my laptop. I use my laptop for notes, quizzes, calendars, e mails, assignments, and many more. I generally carry it with me everyday to class or to meetings I have through leadership positions in Greek life. Also, Netflix is one of my favorite ways to relax!
Saturday, August 29th: My Morning
What I Missed the Most...
Pandora Music Radio plays in the background in most of my daily life. I caught myself wanting to play music in the room or in the car through my phone throughout the day. Music was one of the most missed tech items I use on a daily basis.
Text messages are a great way to stay connected to people, but also a way to fill in time. I am notorious for checking my phone or starting a text conversation when there is a free or awkward moment. I could see the notifications popping up on my phone and decided to actually turn my phone off part of the day.
When I cannot figure something out or have a random question pop up throughout the day; I always look up the answer on any device I carry. If I need inspiration for an idea or just a simple "how to" I always love having the answer literally at my fingertips. There were a couple times during Saturday where I wanted to look a couple things up; however, I fought the urge.... and my roomate looked it up.
On the Salkantay Trek with my second family (my best friend's family) on the way to Machu Picchu.
Photo of Machu Picchu on Montana Machu Picchu (highest peak in Machu Picchu)
When we finally made it to the central point in Machu Picchu!
Tech Free as a Teacher
Although I encourage the use of all technology; I want my students to still have a well-rounded learning experience. I will still have hands-on activities, creative projects, group work, outdoor lessons, and much more. I want my students to understand technology and the benefits it can bring to their daily lives; however, the importance of not using it too. Students will learn what they are capable of by just using their hands and minds. The responsibility of technology should not to be ignored also. My students will learn online etiquette and what is deemed appropriate and not appropriate in the digital world.
Technology is just a tool. In terms of getting the kids working together and motivating them, the teacher is the most important. - Bill Gates