Building Classroom Community Amongst the Machines

There’s no denying that most of us are engrossed daily with technology. The attachment is evident in just about every public place. Mobile devices, for many of us, have become our closest friend. In April, the Telegraph reported on toddlers becoming so addicted to their iPads that they required therapy. While this is an extreme case, it’s not too far from reality. The mobile device has become our community hub. It’s where we go for information and to socialize. It’s the new water cooler. In short, our most intimate relationship is with a machine.

And while technology will continue to integrate into societies and classrooms around the globe, how do we, as educators, build a classroom community comprised of meaningful relationships that can coexist with a device? How do we build classroom community amongst the machines?

Read the entire article by Andrew Marcinek on edutopia at http://www.edutopia.org/blog/building-classroom-community-amongst-machines-andrew-marcinek

Watch Sherry Turkle’s TED Talk “Connected, but alone”

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Sherry Turkle, Connected but Alone, on TED

http://www.ted.com/talks/sherry_turkle_alone_together.html

Toddlers Become so Addicted to iPads they Require Therapy on The Telegraph

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/technology/10008707/Toddlers-becoming-so-addicted-to-iPads-they-require-therapy.html

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