But First, Let Me Take a Selfie

As someone who was raised in the era where cell phones began to become more of an everyday thing, and everyone was getting one, I believe it is important to know proper and safe use of these devices, especially in the times we live in now.

Everywhere I look, people are taking pictures and posting it on social media, and this isn’t necessarily a bad thing, but used improperly, it can be. Taking pictures with friends and posting is fine, but there are things that could make it negative. I.E. the picture of friends could have alcohol in the photo, which in the long run could effect that persons future if they are applying for a job.

Throughout school, we were taught how to behave properly in the “real-world” community, and as an educator I think it is important to teach the same ideals in the “cyber-world”. Everyone is so into their phones, that instead of fighting against the current, why not go with the flow and have everyone benefit from it.

It is important to teach students how to have a positive presence in the world and their community, the same goes for technology. These things aren’t necisarnaly part  of the written curriculum, but more in the hidden-curriculum. Though its not written as something to teach, it is still important to discus with your students. If we teach our students have a positive presence in the “cyber-world’ rather than them creating a negative one, the students will benefit from it in the long run.

However important being with current times are, I still believe it is important to put down the technology and be there in the moment, and appreciate everything around you in the “real-world”.


3 thoughts on “But First, Let Me Take a Selfie

  1. Love the fact that you mentioned “hidden curriculum”. This idea could go for many other things than technology as well, however because it is such a prominent and important thing within our world today, I truly believe it is our job, as educators to address it. Not only what it is and how to use it, but why we use it. Building technology skills on top of morals and values within our students will hopefully promote a positive digital presence and begin to confront the negative things we hear about social media platforms and technology.


  2. Sydney I appreciate the way that you acknowledged the importance of teaching students tech skills but not forcing everyone to be constantly plugged in. I think that as teachers we need to remind our students that there is more to life than just technology. We need to teach students the self-control to be able to choose when to be connected and when it is more important to be engaging with the world around them by teaching mindfulness.


  3. I am a huge believer in unplugging from your phone! I find if your nose is always to your phone you will miss the things happening around you in reality. However, I still think phones are good tools to use in the classroom.


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