The major question emanating from the video was this: does the Internet distract us more than serve as a fountain of information? Well as I prepared to write this blog post I opened the video, only to find an ad playing for the video game Red Dead Redemption 2. Instead of skipping straight to the video, I found myself watching the entire trailer. So my early answer is yes, the Internet can certainly distract you from your goal.
The (very entertaining) video makes an important point:
As I currently write this blog post, I have Facebook open to chat with other distracted people at work, Twitter up on a different tab to keep up with the news (FOMO!!!) and finally I am also checking Instagram to see how many likes I have on my newest photo (13 so far!)
While some may argue that this is too much distraction and only serves to lengthen the amount of time I need to write, I would disagree. As this Psychology Today article states, “all is likely not lost if interrupted by the occasional text message.” I find the social media distractions allow me a momentary brain break, while I decide on the next point I want to write about.
The final point worth I need to discuss is how the overreliance on technology can backfire and leave your scrambling for cover. Case in point, was our group’s presentation on Tuesday. After a flawless run through at 6pm, we found ourselves presenting only to find that the videos would not work. While we did our best to hide our frustration, we were truly concerned because our videos were a great source of entertainment and education and I worried that our presentation would be lacking without them. But yet, a funny thing happened on our way to panic, our presentation ended up going great. In the end, four well-educated and successful teachers were able to rely on the knowledge they had learned and explain it successfully to our audience.
And that is where the most important point lies, as teachers, technology is an incredible source of information that serves to capture the attention of our students. But technology is no substitute for a prepared teacher holding the attention of students. If we can create that level of engagement with our students, then the technological aspect only puts us over the top.
You know, unless all of Youtube crashes…
Until next time,