How many of you are currently teachers as well as part of the workforce? The impact this is having on our abilities to multi-task and work around schedules is slightly annoying, but relief may be on the way? Let’s explore how technology has impacted our children in school today!
I’m not sure if you’ve got little ones or if you know someone who has little ones, but chances are you’ve heard the rants about how children are now being taught by parents instead of teachers themselves. What does this mean for our next generation? Well – that’s a curious and difficult question to truly answer, at least right now.
On my end, I can say, it’s a daily fight over “My teacher told me I didn’t have to go to this class” vs “I have no homework”. It takes a strong will to overcome that.
Technology leading children
When I grew up, the best babysitter we had were neighbors. And no, we weren’t allowed inside most of the time. Oh, we didn’t have Netflix or Amazon Prime, we didn’t have cell phones, and cars didn’t have touch screens or DVD players. The best we could get our hands on throughout the times would have been gameboys.
Today’s technology, however, has become so ingrained in who we are as a species that we rely heavily on it to do basic tasks in our everyday life. There was a story recently about a home that couldn’t turn the temperature up or down because Google’s servers were down. That’s right, their thermostat didn’t have the intelligence to kick into “stupid” mode and as a result, they sat at home freezing.
This is the world our children are growing up in. The excuse isn’t “my dog ate my homework” now, it’s “I sent it, you didn’t get it?” A whole new world of excuses that we didn’t have when I was growing up – and believe me if I sound bitter, I am. If I could grow up in front of an Xbox or a desktop/laptop computer, iPad, phone, something – I wouldn’t have been NEARLY as bored as I was (and maybe I wouldn’t have tried to set the neighborhood on fire once… or twice…).
On the other end, however, technology is our new digital babysitter. We have Zoom meetings with teachers, we have YouTube videos being incorporated directly into teaching plans and lessons, your homework is digital writing that you can simply speak to your device to have it write out for you. I still prefer the old-fashioned clicking of my keyboard, a good thing I can type fast!
Nuts and bolts
So I promised a bit more technical discussion, here’s what my children have been issued by the school:
A Windows laptop for my oldest child (intermediate school, 6’th grade) and a power charger
An iPad for my youngest child (gen 3 air) and charger alongside a very beefy protective case (which is thoroughly ruined now)
Ask my oldest one to run Google and he can swiftly navigate through Sheets to Presentation to Docs and drive.
Ask my youngest one to send you a document? He’ll air-drop it to your computer.
All of this is part of their world now, and they’ve been hurried along the path of training with all of the remote learning. Many parents don’t care to or are unable to dedicate the time to learn how to run and troubleshoot these devices. As a result, your child can turn the WiFi on and off in your house without you even knowing it – that’s a tad bit scary! Those of you who are not tech-savvy and have children at home might want to take advantage of our free evaluation service (10-minute call) to see what actions you can take to protect them and you. Trust me, the school’s protection on those devices isn’t what you think it is. Most school districts rely on their internal network to filter out adult content before it reaches the device. As a result, your children may be able to access a little… or a lot… more than you expect.
Let’s do it.
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