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  1.' Viv says:

    An Interesting commentary James, and one I found myself nodding in agreement.  I then was alerted to a tweet that arrived this morning from the New York Times a posting  based on commentary from Sherry Turkle, “Reclaiming Conversation: The Power of Talk in a Digital Age".  What struck me is the frequency at which we admonish our students/children for being so connected, set up restrictions on device usage and shake our heads with eyes rolling as we discuss the difficulties of raising 'digital natives'.  However this quote  caused me to reflect on our own behaviours, mine included.  

    "One 15-year-old I interviewed at a summer camp talked about her reaction when she went out to dinner with her father and he took out his phone to add “facts” to their conversation. “Daddy,” she said, “stop Googling. I want to talk to you.”

    Where do you put your phone when you are in meetings? How many times do you check your emails during a meeting? I've been thinking about the cafe I had coffee at over the weekend – a wide range of ages and cultures represented, the majority of whom, had devices on display.  During a wander along the beach there were plenty of parents and grandparents with the smartphone in the face of the child/ren videoing them  as they were playing and so the list goes on.  

    My question is "What behaviours are we modelling ?"  

  2. This is a challenge laid down for the whole of humanity ;-) I know a heavy tought but meant lightly. Even this Blog/Comment/Thread is a conversation and a communication of value. Perhaps of more value than some of the real life ones I am involved in.  I wonder if we are all trying to negotiate what this should like and how to strike a balance. I have a similar annecdote to Viv's. A parent from the States referenced being told by their daughter to stop talking to Siri and start talking to her.  Do we all need to spend time together in our world using the connection of time and place particularly with family and loved ones? This type of connection is more enduring and meaningful and definitely worth hanging onto. Will mindfullness be our best hope of staying in the REALLY connected game. Aroha to you Mr Hopkins   

  3. James Hopkins says:

    Thanks Viv and Dave. It's a real challenge for teachers and parents alike. Not one a teacher wishes to risk telling a parent how to parent but also not one that can be ignored. What we deem as 'rude' often conflicts with a wider push on digital connectivity. It made me stop and take stock of just where boundaries are now. Obviously different from family to family and class to class but with the digital fluency work being very much a recent focus I began to wonder whether there's a need to refocus on the wider citizenship skills. There's a great info graphic out there that shows how digital citizenship has moved to digital fluency. My argument for the first time is 'in people's haste to gain fluency, are they leaving other things behind, that might come back to haunt them?' There almost certainly no 'answer' to that but as a newish parent I certainly view things differently… Thanks so much for your comments, thoughts and Ka Pai. Always a pleasure to share. 

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