We all try to keep the grandparents connected by teaching them to text and how to log into emails, but I sometimes think I am being left behind with the speed in which this is all happening as Rodd Aurum in his lecture on 31 January, 2013 said " technology is moving at warp speed". If I am feeling this way imagine how the grandparents are feeling!
However I also understand the importance of embracing this wave (tsunami) and try to take the challenges as and when they arise. Its about balance and recognising the signs of being over stimulated and knowing when to withdraw and stick your head in the sand. I observe my students in class, they have a computer each and are constantly multitasking, talking on Facebook, texting and (sometimes) working, often with headphones in!!
As Kharbach (2012) says,
"Lack of concentration, short attention span, distraction, visual stimulus overload, identity theft, lack of real world socializing, privacy issues, depression, and many more are but a direct result of the growing exposure to this technology."
However as he says, the positives out weigh the negatives and these should be treated as tools to enhance the learning opportunities and what can we be doing to manipulate the multitude of tools in order to help them have access to a digital world.
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The Guardian, 2013, Digital Literacy in Universities. Retrieved 1 Nov from http://www.theguardian.com/higher-education-network/blog/2012/may/15/digital-literacy-in-universities
Kharbach, M. 2012, The 33 digital skills every 21st century teacher should have. Retrieved 4 Nov from http://www.educatorstechnology.com/2012/06/33-digital-skills-every-21st-century.html