This morning a Twitter colleague of mine shared a link to Choice Literacy’s “Unlucky Lists: Raising Non-Writers and Non-Artists.” I have to admit that I was a bit thrown by the title originally. Why would I want to learn how to raise NON-writers and NON-artists? My curiosity got the best of me, and I’m so glad it did. If you haven’t seen this article, please take the time to check it out now. This is such a creative approach to highlighting the pure silliness of reasons we hear every day to dismiss teaching literacy and arts skills to students. My thoughts immediately turned to the reasons that I hear all the time about why people do not use technology in K-12 education. I was inspired to generate my own “Unlucky List: Raising Non-Technology Savvy Students.”
1. Block and filter everything that your child could be exposed to on the internet that could be the least bit controversial. Protecting them from everything is the only way to prepare them for it.
2. Completely trust the filter program you are using. It totally eliminates the need for monitoring what your child is doing online.
3. Use your computer mostly for word-processing. It’s the only “real” way to share information anyways.
4. If what you have created cannot be printed, signed by a parent and filed in a child’s permanent folder, it wasn’t worth doing in the first place.
5. Do not, under any circumstances, join a social networking site. They are just full of fiction, fantasy and child stalkers.
6. Do not share the information and activities that you have collected and created. You had to do all of the work from scratch yourself. Everyone else should have to suffer through that as well.
7. Don’t worry about learning to integrate and use the technologies that are being offered today. Just like every other fad, this too shall pass.
8. If you must allow students to use technology for learning, limit it to research at approved sites only. You can obviously trust their content.
9. Technological tools are just a way to make things pretty and fancy. They cannot actually enhance learning. We should just stick to smelly markers and glitter.
10. You have to pay for anything of real value on the internet. Therefore, it’s too expensive to really use these tools.
11. Elementary students should only use the internet to do online coloring and to play educational games during recess on rainy days. That’s all they are ready to do.
12. Nothing can be collaboratively created without a meeting, chart paper, post-it notes and snacks. If you aren’t meeting in person, it won’t be done well.
13. YouTube is simply a waste of time, energy, and bandwidth. It holds nothing of educational value.
What would you add to the list of ways to raise a non-technology savvy student? Let’s be sure to get this out to parents, won’t we?
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