Thursday, November 3, 2011

Technology and Pencils

I'm at a Common Sense Media presentation with a student panel.

Students are sharing the dangers of the internet and how to avoid them.

I asked if any of them had ever been had any direct conversations with educators or parents about how to productively use social media in their classes. None of the teenagers had been given an assignment using social media.

So I wonder...

When we gave pencils to students, we immediately began teaching them the positive uses, so why, when we give students mobile devices and laptops, does our education focus on avoidance of potential dangers. Did we teach our students first and foremost to avoid stabbing each other with pencils?


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