After watching the films for week 2, i’m sitting back with a weird split feeling, the geek inside me loves all the techy stuff and the hippiyteacher in me, fear for forthcoming generations.
Both A day made of glass and future vision give a high tech of what might come in the future, the thought of a total connected world with what seems like unlimited possibilities on the way of communication . Back in 2010 Minority Report science adviser and inventor John Underkoffler gave this talk on TED:
“That’s the old way, that’s the old mantra: one machine, one human, one mouse, one screen. Well, that doesn’t really cut it anymore.” — John Underkoffler
Then looking at my own setup while writing this i can understand him, i’m sitting on 3 screens 2 of them connected to one of my laptops, the third is connected to my raspberry pi, which i can control through my smartphone and is furthermore connected to my home server which i can connect to all of my devices. Its all connected through a secured network. All my devices is running some kind of Linux because i still want some freedom in how i setup my stuff. So yes i’m a tech geek and i want everything to be as easy to maintain and use as possible and with all the new interactive touch devices coming out i’m, like a little boy in a candy store But and yes there is a BIG but, i’m also a bit scared, especially after watching the Sight video. The though of being able to connect through everything online through your brain scares the hell out of me. I had a dark period of my life then i was more online in WoW (world of warcraft) than i was doing stuff irl, beside eating, sleeping and the occasional toilet breaks i was living my whole life online through WoW. It was like my Avatar was more me than myself, i had to break free of the life, like almost like Charlie in Charlie 13. Now 10 years later i have broken free of that life, but i can’t let go of the technology, but i found a way through without loosing myself into the technology again.
I’m a teacher now and working with kids and the new technology i love and use them in a way that make the kids think in intuitive ways of doing the lessons. The technology is coming towards the classrooms fast and many teachers is a bit reserved about using them. For me its a natural part of the lessons, but i have a big demand of the ICT brought to my classroom, either it needs to be 1:1 or it shall be cooperative in a way than many can work at the same time. I love the classroom they have in A day made of class, they way it works there is fantastic, its intuative and visual in a way i can only dream of.
Our neighbors in Norway is already thinking a head, as this great video shows:
but all this talk about technology brings forth another part of the teacher, the hippy part 🙂
As much as i love technology, i love the open sky and nature. And maybe more important, i love showing others my love for those things. Some my pupils looked very funny then they first saw me outside with them, apperantly they haven’t seen a teacher get so a excited about ants before..
But how will the future techonology affect the childhood of future generations? i think its all to early to say, but i sincerly hope that kids still want to play outside and feel wind through their hair and warm mud between their toes on a rainy summerday. They still should be able to be kids and not like like in the story of the old men down on the corner cafe. Because they need that space to learn creativity and connections with a world bigger than themself and not something they see through a screen or “glas”
If students in the future is not gonna be mindless slaves of an education system that wants them through as fast as possible (which is the way it is in Denmark in the moment) we must remember this:
Maybe there is a brigh future ahead of us.. We are the onces who gonna choose it. All i know i want my students to have the best of both worlds. Both technology and the feelings and inspiration from nature.
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