For my independent learning project this week, I’m trying a new approach to technology: disconnecting from it. More specifically, disconnecting from Facebook. I still have the Messenger app on my phone since that’s my main form of communication with people. I have limited myself to checking Facebook once in the morning and once in the evening since club information and occasionally job information is posted on there. Other than that, I do not touch it. My goal is to stay off of it for the week. I deleted the app from my phone so I can only check it if I get on the computer.
I decided to do this for the week after I realized that I was reading an article about “15 Things You Didn’t Know About ‘The Nightmare Before Christmas.’” I hate that movie. Why am I reading this? It made me realize just how mindless I had become when it came to social media. It was a time filler for me. Walking across campus? Better check Facebook. Waiting for class to start? Better check Facebook. What is sad is that I was checking Facebook when there were a million other things for me to do. I could spend an hour on there watching dog videos and makeup tutorials for techniques I do not care about and not even realizing it.
I’m on day three of no Facebook, and it’s easier than I thought. It’s also been really nice to get away from the political nonsense. I was getting really tired of seeing people’s political opinions plastered all over my news feed. I don’t care who someone is voting for. All of the rants and memes were getting irritating. One problem/benefit that I have encountered is that I replaced Facebook with Pinterest. I have been using a lot of my free time to look up glaze recipes and potential projects for my ceramic class, but I’ve been spending more time doing that than I probably should. However, I’ve been able to really dig in and find some awesome things. Also, no politics on my Pinterest feed!
I think this is applicable to the classroom in that, while there is a lot of great technology out there, we can’t overload on it. It’s easy to get overzealous and go all out on technology. We need to make sure what we’re using is relevant and not just a time filler. If teachers use technology just for the sake of using it, then it is no better than handing out worksheet packets. Use your time wisely, you only get so much of it.
Photo CC: Mike Mozart