Will the Internet, with all its abundance, prove to be a distracting road to perdition or the “straight and narrow” pathway that leads humanity to its highest potential?
Here’s a link to an excellent article, “You’re distracted. This professor can help,” from The Chronicle of Higher Education yesterday (March 24, 2013) about how teachers are using age-old techniques for mindfulness and contemplation to help students develop discernment in their technology habits.
If nothing else, the article makes a convincing argument that educators have a responsibility for helping students reflect on the way they engage with technology: Do they control technology, or does it control them?
Neither extensive knowledge of a technology’s functionality nor astonishing skill at manipulating it can automatically confer the judgment and wisdom necessary to master it.