What IS technology, anyway?

In our first EC&I830 class last night, Alec casually threw out the question, what IS technology anyway? It made me chuckle, and reminded me of the many different things that technology encompasses. Technology is not just social media and iPhones. Yet, you’ll hear people say things like “Ugh, I wish technology wasn’t such a big part of our kid’s lives.” But is that really what we mean? When the word technology includes everything from our computers to the chairs we sit on, it really makes me stop and think.

I am often looking for the ‘next big thing’ to use in my classroom. A couple of years ago, that became Seesaw. Seesaw is a digital portfolio that I use in my class to engage my students’ parents and families with what we are doing in class. My students love sharing their learning this way, and I have seen the countless ways that it has benefited me as a classroom teacher. When I saw that one of our debate statements is “Opening and sharing in schools is unfair to our kids” I have to admit I was taken aback! In fact, I was almost ready right then and there to go on the defense. Not only am I excited for that debate, but I am very interested to see what the group who agrees with that statement will come up with. Unfortunately, I doubt they will persuade me to agree with it, however I think it is going to be super beneficial for me to see both sides of the spectrum to support or oppose the use of it in my classroom.