A Day without Technology
First thing on the agenda of the day was to pick up my uniform. I became official the moment I put the denim and name tag on!
Since it was my first day of work, we decided to take a "first day of work selfie" on the chair lift. The only type of technology I used was the machine to run the rides I worked!
I ate lunch outside and enjoyed the beautiful weather and the few minutes of silence. My roommate and I had the same lunch break so instead of catching up on what I missed on Facebook, Instagram, or Snapchat that morning, we were able to talk about how the day was going so far and little things that happened here and there!
The first ride I was trained on was boats and planes. This ride is for the little kids. During this time I was blown away by how many parents were caught up on their phones, paying no attention at all to their children on the rides. It made me really think about how society says that people in my generation and the generations below me are addicted to technology, when in reality, the older generations are just as much addicted, if not more so.
My first day at Tweetsie came to an end around six that evening. It was a great day full of new things and new people. When I left all I wanted to do was go back to my apartment and watch Netflix or listen to music. I missed listening to music!
Throughout this day of no technology, I spent a lot of time thinking about if I were to go overseas, how would I be able to incorporate technology into my teaching?
In the type of setting I want to work, there is little to no influence of technology among the people. Many of them have never seen a camera or a picture of themselves, so the distractions by technology are not there. But there is an importance to having technology in a classroom, and there is so much you can do, as a teacher, using technology. Since I would be working with younger children, I would use an iPad to take pictures of them making different faces that portray different emotions so they could physically see what they look like.
As a teacher, I would not use technology all the time, because of the social aspect of not having technology, but I would also use it and incorporate it in lesson planning whenever needed because there is such an importance in keeping up with new advances in the world.