Friday, January 1, 2010

Ten Years of Tech: Life Will Never Be the Same

As we ring in the new year, and the new decade, there are many things for me to reflect on. Over the past decade I have graduated from college, started a teaching career, gotten married to a handsome and patient man, started and completed law school, passed the bar exam, and had a beautiful baby girl. 2010 is the year I turn 30. Surprisingly enough, I'm not upset about it. I remember when my husband hit the big 3-0 he lamented the loss of his twenties. As I look back, though, I feel as though I have come a long way. I have earned those years and I'm proud of them. While some of my contemporaries long for our careless college days, I wouldn't want to go back in time knowing that there are so many more exciting things ahead.

I truly believe that education has come a long way in the past decade too. Much of that progress is due to the incredible dedication of teachers who are always looking to improve their instruction. Those of us who are constantly taking classes and trying new things in our classrooms have to acknowledge that technology has been the greatest catalyst for change within the four walls of our schools. Sometimes technology has lifted our lessons and sometimes it has let us down, but I know my teaching has changed dramatically since I had my first students in 2002.

In the same vein, technology has changed the way our students live their daily lives. I found these interesting articles about the positive and negative ways that technology has changed their, and our, lives.

The Digital Decade: 20 Things That Forever Changed Childhood

#%*@#! The top 10 tech 'fails' of 2009

Here are some highlights:

Okay, technically, Google started in the '90s. But mass use didn't begin until the 2000s. Now, just about every child knows how to find just about anything by Googling. It's opened the world to our children -- sometimes bringing in too much, too soon -- and parents found out it was up to them to teach their kids to surf safely and responsibly.

Homework will never be the same. But kids have to learn that not everything they read is true.

These pocket pals brought about texting, sexting, and the horrendously dangerous texting while driving. Hand your teens iPhones? They'll make videos and upload them to YouTube and their Facebook pages (though the No. 1 use for phones remains ... checking the time). Parents: Don't text your kids in class. (We know you do.)

There is a lot more in the articles, including links to reader comments and polls. Interesting stuff. Check it out.

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