Why Being Connected is Bad for Some People

3333259091_bf3e33d216_oBeing connected via Social Media is Great – well at least I think it is. I love learning from what people have to say and links they post. I always dedicate a portion of my morning sorting through Twitter posts and finding thought provoking reading material or videos to encourage me in my journey. If I’m lucky I find a new thinker to follow and some good things to share with my staff. On occasion I read something that inspires me to write a blog post.

I have been sharing the Gospel of Twitter for quite some time. I have managed to get a few people to  join, but really all I can do is model what I’ve learned. I think I’ve come to realize that connecting in this way doesn’t work for everyone. Following are three great reasons I think this is the case.

  1. It would mean people would have to learn about doing something in a new way. Why would we change what we are doing when it has been working well for the last 15 years? Kids are still kids; the lessons we taught years ago are just as good now as they were in 1998!
  2.  Students don’t need us to model technology. They get enough of that at home! Schools should be a place where they can get away from cell phones and iPads and computers. If we don’t use the technology, it’s more likely they will realize that it isn’t important to know about. Pencil and Paper are examples of technology, after all. And no students ever used pencil and paper to get into trouble.
  3. Every good teacher knows they are only in this profession for the students in their class. The knowledge and skills they have  are something they have worked to develop for years. Other teachers need to learn these things on their own.

Of course these comments were all made “tongue in cheek”. There really are no good arguments against becoming a connected teacher or administrator. Opportunities to grow and learn from each other, and to model digital responsibility to our students are valuable responsibilities we have to undertake.

Darryl Propp

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