Oh Twitter. I have a particular who friend who every time I see him begs me to jump on the Twitter bandwagon. And every time I resist, he starts to list to me all the different people who are on Twitter, you know, the good old all the cool people are doing it. I always smile and say not this time. I am sure you are all wondering why I consistently resist.
The first and most practical reason is that I do not have a smart phone. While I am sure you can have tweets forwarded to your phone, I do not want to be inundated with constant messages of people’s tweets. And without the smart phone, it is hard to keep up on the conversation.
Secondly, I like the not being connected. I enjoy the fact that I have my half hour computer time in the day and move on. If you are going to say that there is so much you can gain from other teachers, I am not going to disagree. But why do I need twitter for that? Is that not the point of a discussion board? What information emergency could there be that I need immediate responses from other people? I will wait until tomorrow.
In terms of the classroom. I don’t think Twitter belongs in the class, because phones or laptops don’t belong. We are learning Navi, Gemara and or Chumash, look at the text in front of you (not your word document or video game).
And HW, where do we draw the line? I see how you could tweet out a HW question and require the students to respond within X amount of time. But where do we stop and say great they use that technology but I do not need to feed more fuel to the fire? It is a problem how connected kids are to their technology, why do I have to add to it? Is it not better for them to turn their phones and laptops off once in a while? And I also find it hard to believe they are more interested in the work because it is on twitter, because let’s be honest, they are doing it because it was HW and if it wasn’t, they would not go near it.
Please educate me if you think I am wrong
Clarification of the original post
First thing to clarify is that I am not anti-technology. I personally use a smart board, videos, and blogs(for HW) in my classroom. I am not that old school that I think the computer is the "Devil" I see the importance of updating the way we teach in order to enhance the learning of our students.
Second matter- when I said I dont think laptops belong in the classroom, that is at the time of "frontal" teaching. I use note-taking guides which consist of sources and blank lines for the students to take notes and I also do not trust a High school kid to use a laptop in class, who knows where they will end up.
With that being said, when it comes time to group work or any in-class work, I do not mind the students using their laptops (if it fits in with the assignment).
The main focus of my post was in regards to Twitter and the overall question of how much technology is too much. Not is there a place for technology or not