In some ways, my job is akin to the folk hero who carried apple seeds across this nation. Cultural and historical critique aside, it makes a good title for a post, and I do have to plant seeds of ideas into the minds of the people with whom I work. Students, of course, are fertile ground and love the opportunity to interact with technology. Teachers run the gamut from enthusiastic to somewhat resistant to growing and nurturing their technological skills and knowledge.
One recent errant seed caught root. My mom is starting her own blog! I love it. She reads pretty much everything I post on blogs or facebook (I don’t think she has a twitter account, yet), and she is the most persistent commenter on my content. Usually this comes from Facebook to which I push all of my blog posts.
Yay Mom! (I’ve added your blog to my RSS reader.)
Since giving my Internet safety talk, several attendees have approached me to thank me for what I presented. I asked each person what they took away as most meaningful. One that stands out is being conscious of what we as parents model for our children. In my role as a technology educator and even before at a classroom teacher, much of what I did was electronic and carried with it a commitment to a certain amount of screen time.
In my effort to really push my development, I have upped that amount considerably. This blog plus my other one on parenting, much of my time at work, and keeping up with RSS feeds eat up many hours a day. All of this work, however, is on the creative or at least educative end of the spectrum.
On the entertainment end, I have found myself spending more and more time watching movies and TV series on Netflix. I also spend time on Facebook and other websites. When I am healthy and motivated, this additional screen time disappears as I utilize that time to read, do home repair, create art, do projects, and follow my whims in the physical world.
As with other things, I am working on changing these habits regardless of how I am feeling because my children are at such an impressionable age. They will see me pick up the phone whenever someone calls, they will see me grab my iPad when I am board, they will see me at the computer for work. They see it all. Today as my daughter and I walked to the grocery store, her imaginary phone rang, and she had to answer it and have one side of a conversation with her friend from school. She is just modelling what she sees. If I don’t like what I see, there is only one place to go to change that.