The Responsible Use of Technology

The influence of technology, particularly computer based technology is both exciting and terrifying. Exciting because of the potential it opens up for individuals and cooperation. Terrifying because of its capacity to impact developing brains, limit abilities to communicate face to face and dehumanise society.

The current penchant for many aspects of education, from the provision of computers and hardware to the funding of professional development for teachers by the computer giants needs to be viewed very carefully.

Technology is wonderful for:
Connectivity
Access
Information
Entrepreneurship

We need to guard against its capacity to
Speed up
Isolate
De-humanise
Potentially skew intellectual and social development, and
(albeit unintentionally) sacrifice children’s need for time for;

Reflection
Interpretation
Assimilation
Conversation
Socialisation