This particular version was linked to an article in the UK’s Daily Mail.
A huge amount of technology has been dumped on our world in a relatively short time span. The age of technology is well & truly here whether we like it or not, and gadgets of every size, shape & colour (who cares what they actually do, as long as they look good!) are taking the world by storm. You may struggle to actually find a person in our society who doesn’t have a smart phone, tablet, or computer of some sort. And yet you will find many people, who still constantly complain about the way technology has changed our lives, and social interactions.
So anyway, I found the article very interesting, and believe there are many people who totally agree with this (including myself to an extent), hence the frequent sharing of this idea. This is a great example of a term we were taught in the first week of this course: schema = a pre-conceived idea based on our experiences, which has the potential to influence (and even limit) our further experiences & understandings.
If people believe in an idea strongly enough, they will use (or create) anything they can to support it. Such as incorrect quotes. Ahem.
I originally had planned to write this piece about how I strongly supported the idea of technology affecting our social interaction, and wanted to use Einstein’s quote to support my belief. While searching for a copy on the Internet, I came across another article which had used it, but this time with a very different angle, which was : Einstein never actually said it!!
Can you imagine how my thinking was stopped in its tracks? Not to mention how foolish I felt.
“Don’t believe everything you read.” (hmm, possibly my Dad.)
“Be critical. Question everything.” (David Jones, lecturer for this course.)
And thus there lies a fantastic example of how our stubborn ways of thinking can not only limit our experience of something new, but that we’ll even distort the truth to support our belief. We need to learn how to be discerning consumers of information, critical observers, if we are to survive the overload of conflicting information and negative attitudes that seems to follow innovation.
Concepts can be changed, and if we are to teach students how to implement ICT in their lives and education, positively, effectively and wisely, then we will need to start with changing our own conceptions. Be prepared to change our way of thinking, and we might just change others too ….. hopefully for the better.