Don’t teach your kids this stuff. Please?

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dear parent

  teacher

  administrator

  board member

     

don't teach your kids to read

  for the Web

  to scan

    RSS

    aggregate

    synthesize

 

don't teach your kids to write

  online

pen and paper aren't going anywhere

since when do kids need an audience?

no need to hyperlink

  make videos

    audio

      Flash

      

no connecting, now

no social networking

  or online chat

  or comments

  or PLNs

blogs and twitter?

  how self-absorbed

  what a bunch of crap

and definitely, absolutely, resolutely, no cell phones

block it all

lock it down

keep it out

it's evil, you know

  there's bad stuff out there

    gotta keep your children safe

    

don't you know collaboration is just another word for cheating?

don't you know how much junk is out there?

haven't you ever heard of sexting?

  of cyberbullying?

a computer 24-7? no thanks

  I don't want them

    creating

      sharing

        thinking

          learning

you know they're just going to look at porn

  and hook up with predators

we can't trust them

don't do any of it, please

  

really

'cause I'm doing all of it with my kids

can't wait to see who has a leg up in a decade or two

can you?

  

618 comments on this post.
  1. Chris Champion:

    Trouble, oh we got trouble,
    Right here in River City!
    With a capital “T”
    That rhymes with “P”
    And that stands for Pool,
    That stands for pool.

    We’ve surely got trouble!
    Right here in River City,
    Right here!
    Gotta figger out a way
    To keep the young ones moral after school!
    Trouble, trouble, trouble, trouble, trouble…

  2. Jim Gates:

    Scott,

    Good one! When I hear push-back about using these tools to teach with, etc I too suggest that it’s OK not to. Go ahead, then. Let’s stop raising the bar at the PowerPoint level. And, let’s keep your blog-stopping/wiki-blocking filter in place, too. Let’s freeze time right here and now – which of course is REALLY at a point ten years ago, but let’s stop it right here and now.

    Now, let’s write an article for your District’s newsletter that defends this position to the parents.

    ARGH!

  3. Barry Dahl:

    Thanks for the inspiration Scott. I think I’ll write a letter to the editor of the local paper somewhat along these lines. The local district is woefully inadequate in addressing all of these issues. If I do it, I’ll post it to my blog and give you credit for providing the inspiration.

  4. Patrick Giroux:

    Nice!

    do u mind if I translate it and put it on my blog (with the reference and a link to your blog).

  5. Becky Johnson:

    I e-mailed this to all the teachers at my school, my administrators, the district instructional technology department, and the content curriculum specialists. Booyah!

  6. Justin B.:

    Well done. I really enjoyed it.

  7. Charlie A. Roy:

    Bravo!

  8. David:

    Too true. Although I was reading an argument recently that said that in UK middle-class homes parents are restricting laptop-time, so that their kids developed more advanced speaking and listening skills.

    The more enlightened English schools are finally starting to recognise the inequality access gap and are bringing social networking, blogging, mobile phone apps, into curriculum time, so that less well-off kids aren’t disadvantaged.

    But we’re still outnumbered by the Canute-ists!

  9. Rob O.:

    Collaborating, sharing, learning. All fantastic things! But there’s got to be some balance though…

    I don’t want to be some kind of head-in-the-sand Luddite, but at the same time, let’s ensure that kids have adequate opportunities to learn how to thrive in the real world before thrusting them headlong into the cyberworld.

    And I absolutely disagree with the notion that children need cell phones. Cell phones steal the independence & rationale from children (and truthfully, many adults as well) who carry them. Few adults even have a legitimate need for a cell phone. Children certainly do not!

  10. silvermine:

    Well, I mean, I’d rather they know how to do the basics then learn what a chat room is. However, I think having a class mailing list, or IMing the teacher if you need help (or whatever!) is great. Use technology as a tool, but don’t have a class all about blogging.

    Think about it: we all learned it without having a class. Didn’t we?

  11. Gilbert:

    All the irony of Marc Anthony over Ceaser’s body.

  12. Shelby:

    Nice

  13. Travis:

    Excellent article.

  14. Judy:

    Interesting comments! Judy

  15. BC:

    You can keep it out of the schools, or you can embrace and use the technology. Either way, kids WILL learn it. Not teaching it because you aren’t comfortable with or don’t understand, appreciate or get the subject matter is unacceptable and does a disservice to the next generation. It’s the whole sex-ed debate all over again.

  16. Bob Follmuth:

    I know that whole thing “Don’t Teach Your Kids This Stuff. Please?” was written tongue-in-cheek, but…

    I “only” teach in K-5 buildings, but many times hear coments that I shouldn’t teach elementary students such things because… well, because… well there’s bad stuff out there and you’re just leading them into all that bad stuff.

    Too often, we don’t know why we “shouldn’t” teach somethings, but we don’t because… well, we don’t really know why.

    Yes, who will have the advantage next year, in 5 years, or in 10 years?

    I love sarcasm and this is full of it.

    BF

  17. Bob Follmuth:

    Jim, here’s another angle: Many of us don’t have to worry about those “blog-stopping/wiki-blocking” filters because we don’t have the technology and access to take advantage of these tools anyway! Our own community has twice defeated a tax levy that would enable our District to update its aging equipment and networks. Where will we be 10 years from now? Right here on the outside looking in.
    BF

  18. Lundp:

    The issue revolves around can students focus on appropriate uses and learning activities for the technology. Without teachers embracing and knowing the technology, its a crap shoot.

  19. Christina:

    Very true and a great message to those who resist the inclusion of technology and collaboration in the classroom. But, I will say from a school where we have one to one laptops and fairly decent technology training and use, some of the basics are still lacking. Are we preparing students for the future if they are capable of reading and utilizing the web but can’t sit down and read a whole book? To be able to analyze what they are reading?

  20. Hripsime M.:

    Poetic, yet you got your point across very well. I myself am curious as to who will be more victorious in a decade or two. Well done.
    Hripsime M.

  21. Alana Carpenter:

    Great points. I really enjoyed the ending. Feel free to check out my full response at http://www.carpenteralanaedm310.blogspot.com

  22. Stephen:

    I think this is a great way to look at the issue about children and technology. The pros out-weigh the cons in this one definitely.

  23. Christina Motes:

    Mr. McLeod,
    I greatly enjoyed this post. I think you definitely hit the target. Children and students who’s parents and teachers don’t teach them to the “technologically literate” are going to be the cause of the same students and children not having the same opportunities as those who are technologically literate. Yes, I did say they were the cause and I think teachers and parents should feel a responsibility to who they are teaching and know that their future rides on what they are being taught today.

    I read your blog as an assignment for Dr. Strange’s EDM310 class at the University of South Alabama. Feel free to check out my class blog as well as the blog for the class.

  24. Ashley Johnson:

    Mr. McLeod,
    I thoroughly enjoyed reading your post. Your use of sarcasm was hilarious. I, too, believe that students exposed to the internet early will have a heads up on life.

  25. Kimberly Tharp:

    Mr. McLeod,
    It seems you are advocating using these internet tools exactly how they are intended, as TOOLS for education. It’s not about a “blogging class” or wiki assignments, it’s about using these things to meet instructional objects in the classroom.

  26. Katie Watson:

    I really enjoyed reading your post. I agree with you completely and can not wait to look back and see how far we have come!

  27. Maeghan Whitmire:

    I really enjoyed your post! I completely agree. If we don’t put this stuff out there for kids now, they will never have a leg up in the world.

  28. Sara Hendrix:

    I enjoyed your post and completely agree. Parents and teachers should definitely incorporate technology in students’ curriculum at an early age.

  29. James Marshall:

    Very nice, and to the point. Few words, but powerful in what they say. http://marshalljamesedm310.blogspot.com

  30. Shoronda Charles:

    I loved the approach and delivery of the passage. It was very powerful and gave insight to many of the fears that technologically illiterate teachers and administrators have.

  31. Elizabeth Sells:

    I am a student in Dr John Strange’s EDM310 class at the University of South Alabama. I thoroughly love your sarcasm. I agree that there are dangers to be found on the internet but there are dangers to be found everywhere. We let our kids play outside and they fall off swings and out of trees but we still let them play. It is all part of learning. We teach them to drive cars knowing what dangers lie on the roadways but they must learn to drive to thrive in our world. Just like driving a car , kids must learn to drive through the highways of technology in order to survive in our ever changing world. With that said, we as teachers must stay ahead of the kids so that we can teach them and properly instruct them on how to use the technology that is at their fingertips.

  32. Della Ervin:

    Mr. McLeod, I read your blog as an assignment for Dr. Strange’s EDM 310 Class at the University of South Alabama. You can check out my class blog as well as the blog for the class. class blog
    I enjoyed this post. I think you certainly hit the objective. I agree that Parents and teachers should integrate technology in students’ course at an early age. Teachers are preparing students for the future if they are capable of learning. Now the school system has several different academic programs online for learning especially in the reading area. I don’t think you should take text teaching totally out, but limit yourself. Teachers and parents know their children and what they are capable of learning. Technology is helping advance the world; it contributes to the learning process in the classroom. However, I do agree it’s all about good teaching. Teachers who care about their technique will convey that passion to the students. I still believe that all teachers should be hi-tech.

  33. Tyler:

    After the first couple lines, I was preparing myself to be persuaded into not using technology. Then about halfway through, I realized, “Hey! These are all things we need to be teaching our children.”
    So, I was a little slow to catch on to the sarcasm. But really, that’s because it wouldn’t surprise me at all if there was something written out there that said basically the same thing, but in a serious tone.
    That’s what scares me. There are teachers and parents and administrators who believe using technology to teach is dangerous. But isn’t it more dangerous not to teach it and then end up with students graduating without any clue of how to live and be safe in this world ten years from now?
    Thanks for your post! I can’t wait to share it!

  34. sam gates:

    Excellent article

  35. Melissa Jones:

    Mr.McLeod, my name is Melissa Jones and I was assigned to read this post in my EDM310 class.Very cute, but effective poem. It’s funny how we have all heard those excuses not to let children use computers.Why not teach children to use computers responsibly and in a useful way. I think the classroom is the best place for that. I think anyone can find trouble without a computer. We don’t live in a perfect society and never have.

  36. JL EDM 310:

    Every rose has its thorn. We can find bad in almost anything if we look for it. Of course we need to keep our children safe and cannot ignore the potential dangers of the internet. The internet is a tool and if we teach our children how to properly use this tool we can teach them how to avoid danger and open a world of possibilities and learning experiences to them.

  37. Nichole Hassell:

    Dr. McLeod, I thought this was a very good representation of parents today. Cyber sex crimes and sexting may be a good reason to be afraid, but not to hold your child back. That is what parental controls (which are most likely going to be taken off and reapplied when done) are for. Also, if fears like these, which are mostly from media hype, really dig into the parent, they should be active in learning with the child the effectiveness and usefulness of technology.
    I really enjoyed reading your blog post and I am a student of Dr. Strange. If you would like to visit my blog, click here.

  38. Anna Dumas:

    Dear Mr. McLeod,

    I really enjoyed reading this post, but I have to disagree with it. Students need to know what technology is out there for their disposal. The classroom, I believe isn’t going anywhere, it’s simply getting a makeover that will be a tremendous improvement for students of future generations. Technology I hope will only encourage our students to want to do more!
    I read your post for Dr. Strange’s EDM310 class and hope that you will check out my blog along with other students’ in my class.

  39. Christi Turner:

    Dr. McLeod,
    I agree and disagree with you. I think the internet is a great teaching tool and wonderful for children to explore but you do have to watch what they are looking at. I also believe that it has made children lazy because texting on cell phones predicts words so they are not learning to spell and relying on that device. Teachers are also letting them use calculators and they can’t even do math anymore because they rely on that device. Thank you for your very interesting article!

  40. Rebecca Classic:

    Hi Dr. McLeod,

    I read your post for an assignment in Dr. Strange’s EDM 310 class at the University of South Alabama. I completely agree that students who are exposed to technology in their classrooms will be more prosperous. I especially like the way you bring up all the reasons people say we should not use technology in schools, such as the fear students will look at pornography, because although it is unfortunate there are so many bad things out there, this is the world we live in and we need to prepare out students to live in it successfully.

    Thank you for your continuous efforts to get teachers implementing technology in their classrooms and for being such a great “agitator.”

  41. Crystal Rutherford:

    Mr. McLeod, I read your blog as an assignment for Dr. Strange’s EDM 310 Class at the University of South Alabama. I really enjoyed reading your post.

  42. Kathryn Cummins:

    Hey Mr. Mcleod. I am reading your blkog for Dr. Strange’s EDM 310 class at the University of South Alabama in Mobile. This post was very intersting. i agree with you. I think that students should know the dangers of the internet and ways to prevent danger like predators. With the way technology is rising, I think kids should have access to the internet and other technology.

  43. cassandra:

    Hi,
    I agree with your comment, I think teaching the kids the positives and the negatives about the internet, will give them a better chance of not exploring things they should be exposed to. But, you can also tell some children both views of a situation and they just sometimes have to explore for themselves, no matter what you tell them or how much you explain the importance of the situation. Some individuals are very curious about everything. Here is a link to my blog http://williamsrcassandraedm310.blogspot.com/. I am in Dr. Stranges EDM 310 CLass.
    Thank you I really enjoyed your comment.

  44. cassandra:

    CORRECTION!!!

    Hi,
    I agree with your comment, I think teaching the kids the positives and the negatives about the internet, will give them a better chance of not exploring things they should not be exposed to. But, you can also tell some children both views of a situation and they just sometimes have to explore for themselves, no matter what you tell them or how much you explain the importance of the situation. Some individuals are very curious about everything. Here is a link to my blog http://williamsrcassandraedm310.blogspot.com/. I am in Dr. Stranges EDM 310 CLass.
    Thank you I really enjoyed your comment.

  45. Rachel:

    Hello Dr. McLeod! I am in Dr. Strange’s EDM 310 class at The University of South Alabama. I really enjoyed this post and LOVED the sarcasm. Great way to get the point across!

  46. Alissa Logan:

    Dr. McLeod,

    My name is Alissa Logan. I read your post for a class assignment in my EDM 310 class. At first I was wondering where you were going with it, but I totally agree with what you said. Very nice way to hopefully open some teacher and parents eyes about the whole situation.

  47. Laura Ashley Butler:

    Hi, Dr. McLeod,

    My name is Laura Ashley Butler and I am also a student from the University of South Alabama, in Dr. Strange’s EDM310 class. I really appreciate your ability to use sarcasm to state the main points of your beliefs without rambling on and making it into a dull lecture. To be honest I don’t know whether to agree or disagree with you. I do believe technology is important in our school systems, yet I also think there should be a line drawn as to when to start exposing our children to the internet. I think younger children are more gullible and therefore susceptible to internet dangers such as predators. It’s important to teach safety along with use of technology. However, our children should not be denied the best education possible, and I think that in today’s society, technology has to be a part of our everyday classroom setting. Yes, the internet may come with many problems, but it also leads to discovery, and I believe our passion for learning should be greater than our worries for trouble.

    Feel free to visit my blog here . From there you can also find a link to my professor’s blog, as well as the blogs of all my classmates.

  48. Pauline:

    Hi Dr. McLeod
    My name is Pauline and I’m a student in Dr. Strange’s EDM 310 class.
    Your blog was very sarcastic and almost childish to me, personally. Technology and the internet are a part of the academic curriculum of this day and age, but at the same time it’s cruel to ridicule the adults who care enough to want to protect the innocence of the next generation.
    I don’t know your age, but I’m only 25 and I’m grateful I didn’t have all this current technology at my disposal at a young age because I like reading books, being able to spell 3 syllable words without having to go to dictionary.com to check my spelling.
    Yes, technology is needed because the current world we live in demands it, but certain people don’t take well to being bullied into a decision and name calling is beyond foolish when we are adults.

  49. Monica Williams-Mitchell:

    I’ve found it enlightening to read the comments from Dr. Strange’s class. While clearly many of them were simply fulfilling a class requirement, it was still interesting to get a few glimmers of thought. Future educators, especially, need to develop their logical thinking and online writing skills. I have a couple questions for the previous poster, Pauline. How is it logical to conclude that if you had had access to technology you would not be able to read books or spell 3 syllable words? Where in the post is name-calling used? And what part of the post led you to conclude that you were being bullied?

  50. Pauline:

    Hello Monica ^_^

    I didn’t mean to portray that people who are good at all the digital age venues were not good at anything else. I was saying that older generations have a point in how younger generations are too reliant upon technology and not their own brains.

    I work with teenagers and it makes me sad sometimes when they are so plugged into their facebooks, or ipods, or blackberries that they don’t notice other things. People who we consider geniuses of the past, like Einstein or the Wright Brothers or Edison, didn’t have access to the tools we have now, but we dare not degrade their genius or creativity because of it.

    Further more, I don’t believe taunting people about their own child’s future is a good way to get a point across. I don’t have children yet, but suggesting that someone is not a very good parent because they choose to teach their children other values in addition to technology is beyond foolhardy.

  51. Jenny:

    Kids will learn about technology sooner or later, with or without your help. Teaching your kids to use technology safely is a lot better than them learning at a friends house or at a library where they will just learn to misuse it.

  52. Trung Nguyen:

    Dr. McLeod, I read your blog for an assignment for Dr. Strange’s EDM 310 Class at the University of South Alabama. You can check out my class blog at http://nguyentrungedm310.blogspot.com/. I enjoy your sarcastic take on the use of technology in the 21st century. I agree with your views, but I do think that there has to be some form of restrictions on students in schools. However, I do agree with you about the fact that the biggest waste would not be utilizing this technology and to not incorporate it into our lives.

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  54. Carly Dougherty:

    I’m reading this via Dr. Strange’s EDM310 class. I love the sarcastic approach and fully agree with you. Technology is an important part of education. As long as the teacher can teach it correctly and the student’s use it correctly, it is a wonderful relationship. You can see my full post at http://www.doughertycarlyedm310.blogspot.com

  55. Jessica Rogers:

    Hi Dr.McLeod, I am a student at the University of South Alabama and I am reading your post as an assignment in Dr. Strange’s EDM310 class. I enjoyed your post, I especially liked the sarcastic way in which you present it. This post is definitely attention getting. I believe that technology can be taken to far, but I also appreciate your sarcasm in presenting the other extreme:no technology. I also think it will be interesting to see who has “a leg up” ten or twenty years from now. Here is a link to my blog My Blog As well as my class’s blog <a href"edm310.blogspot.com"EDM310 Class Blog

  56. Jessica Rogers:

    Hi Dr.McLeod, I am a student at the University of South Alabama and I am reading your post as an assignment in Dr. Strange’s EDM310 class. I enjoyed your post, I especially liked the sarcastic way in which you present it. This post is definitely attention getting. I believe that technology can be taken to far, but I also appreciate your sarcasm in presenting the other extreme:no technology. I also think it will be interesting to see who has “a leg up” ten or twenty years from now.

  57. Caitlyn Lord:

    Dr. McLeod, I really enjoyed your post. People have always told me that I am a very sarcastic person, so this blog falls right up my ally. However, I must argue that I am not sarcastic, I just have a dry sense of humor. Which apparently you and I are on the same page. But seriously, it is fantastic that you published this post. Hopefully, people who look down on technology and disapprove of their children having anything to do with it will realize that their children, yes they ones they have sheltered all their lives, WILL be exposed to technology. It is only a matter of time before children connect to the Internet, start blogging or social networking, and they will probably even get an email or two in their lives. Parents, teachers, and other students should help keep their children and friends safe by protecting them from harmful things on the Internet. This does not mean shelter them from it, it simply means to help them to understand so they are less likely to be susceptible to scams and other unethical activities. So parents, teach your kids how to SAFELY use the Internet. It will provide them with skills to make them a better learner in the future.

  58. Jennifer Inscore:

    Hello Mr. McLeod,
    I am a student in Dr. Strange’s EDM 310 class this semester and I have left a more detailed post in regards to your post on my blog. Your post is great but I don’t fully agree. All access to a kid is not what they need, just my opinion. In my post on my page I make a comment wondering what age group you are referring to. Kids in general is pretty broad, and my thoughts do change with a childs age. I agree they do need to know about this stuff but age, maturity and responsibility play a huge part in that too. I enjoyed reading this, you made me think! Thank You,
    Jennifer Inscore

  59. Leah Davis:

    Mr. McLeod,
    I’ve been assigned by Dr. Strange to read this post. I really enjoyed reading what you have to say about technology! I agree to an extent. My parents got my brother a cell phone when he was 10. My parents did not do it because he is spoiled rotten. He never asked for a cell phone. My brother is very active and is always somewhere! When he goes to a friend’s house, we hate having to call the home phone to get in touch with him. When he goes to a football game with some friends, my parents don’t like having to give up their own cell phones so he can call us for any reason. So like I said, I completely agree on most levels! But for some things, I think it’s okay to incorporate technology in children’s lives. However, too many technical things is a little too much! Thanks for your post! I look forward to reading more from you. The following is a link to my blog: http://davisleahedm310.blogspot.com/
    Leah Davis

  60. Nicole Kelley:

    Hi Mr. McLeod,
    I’m in Dr. Strange’s EDM 310 class, and if you would like to see my full comment go to my blog.http://kelleyfrancesedm310.blogspot.com/ I really enjoyed this and it’s very true. If you take away all the technology from students they won’t know anything by the time they get older. You’re right to let your students learn with the different things you listed.

  61. Stephanie Dunaway:

    Dr. Mcleod,
    I am a student in Dr. Stange’s EDM 310 class and he recomended we read your post. I am certainly glad he did because it was quite entertaining, not only that but I agree totally with your point. It is important that children are exposed to technology instead of being “sheltered” from it because in the longrun it is going to be essential for society. It is already important now and I too believe that a decade from now will be even more advanced. It is definitely important that parents teach their children to use technology safely now before the try to figure it out on their own. Thanks for your post, and if you would like to view my blog you can at http://dunawaystephanieedm310.blogspot.com/

  62. Jennifer Inscore:

    I am sorry Mr. McLeod, I did not leave my blog address in my previous response. http://inscorejenniferedm310.blogspot.com

  63. Leigh Setser:

    Hi Mr. McLeod, my name is Leigh Setser and I read your post as an assignment for my EDM 310 class with Dr. Strange. I am attending the University of South Alabama and I am studying elementary education. I enjoyed reading your post and found it very entertaining. I agree with you in that we should not shelter children from learning through technology. I think there should be certain restrictions on certain sites and things like that in order to protect children. There is no need to totally block everything from them because it would be useless learning. I think it will be interesting to see who is ahead of who in the next decade :)

  64. Lola Solano:

    Dr. McLeod, I really enjoyed reading your blog post. It made me laugh, because just last year our son (11 yrs) and daughter (9yrs) wanted laptops. So, we bought them one to keep them off our laptop so much. They were playing those online games Free Realms and Wizard 101. Well, we added blocks to their laptops. We finally decided it was better to teach them to make “good choices” while using their laptops. They have actually taught our 6 year old and 4 year old how to Google animals (especially dogs) and they both play Wizard 101 and Free Realms. It is amazing to watch my four year old play those games.

  65. Haileyr:

    I love your sarcasm! Technology is a very powerful tool. I know there are parents and educators out there that are completely opposed to students learning about computers and technology. I agree that some terrible things can happen on a computer when not used correctly, but that is why we should teach people the importance of how to safely use technology. You cannot protect children from everything. It is just as important for parents and teachers to learn about technology, so they can effectively monitor the children they are responsible for.

  66. Tabitha Sexton:

    I am posting this for Dr. Strange’s EDM 310 class. I love the sarcastic approach you have taken with this. I have to agree with you on this. Whether we like it or not is really irrelevant, because sooner or later our children are going to learn about technology and I would rather my children be safe at being online than careless. Thanks for your post.

  67. Brittany Estes:

    I am posting this for Dr. Strange’s EDM 310 class. I loved the blog and your approach to the situation. It is sad that there are still people in this world that think technology is a downfall. I however, will not be one of these people and I will most certainly teach technology to my future students. Thanks!

  68. Morgan Mohler:

    Dr. McLeod I am also a student in Dr. Strange’s EDM 310 class! I really enjoyed your approach to this topic. I liked the playful and sarcastic manner in which you introduced your opinions. I do feel that technology is important to be taught to children but I don’t think that it should be our primary concentration! If you would like to view my blog go to http://www.mohlermorganedm310.blogspot.com

  69. T.J. Vigneulle:

    Dr. McLeod I read this as part of an assignment for Dr. Strange. I like the unique display of getting your point across

  70. Elizabeth:

    Hi Dr. McLeod. I am reading this blog as part of an assignment. I really like the approach you have taken to get your point across about technology. I truly believe that if you teach someone about the great things that technology has to offer they are less likely to abuse it. You can check out my blog if you like My Blog

  71. Tierra Dinkins:

    Hi, Dr. McLeod. I read your post as an assignment for Dr. Strange’s EDM310 at the University of South AL. I really like your post and the approach you took. Many parents do think like this and think that the internet is the devil. They do not realize if they teach their children how to appropriately use the internet then they will have less problems because of it. Thank you for sharing your thoughts you can view mine in My Blog.

  72. Lisa Ferro:

    Dr. McLeod, I was instructed by my EDM310 teacher, Dr. Strange, to read your post. I must admit, the first time I read it, I did not pay attention to the sarcasm you chose to use, and instead, too it quite literal. I chose to re-read it, and glad I did. I do concur that parents should teach their children how to properly use all these means of technology. Sure, in some instances, people use the internet not to do good, but it is the responsibility of the parent, as well as the individual to use fit for good. We should promote this technology because that is the way the world is moving, and we wouldn’t want to “cripple” our children and let them start out with a disadvantage. Thank you for your time.

  73. Samantha Deardorff:

    Dr. McLeod,
    I have read our post as an assignment for Dr. John Strange’s class, EDM310 at the University of South Alabama. I really enjoyed the sarcastic approach to your post. I actually took you seriously, until I re-read it. I believe some people honestly think in the way you portrayed sarcastically. Our society is evolving so quickly in means of technology and having an outlook as the one in your post will only hold those people back. Thank you for your ideas and your time. If you would like to read more on my reaction to your post, you can visit my blog here. My Blog

  74. Len Jenkins:

    Dr. McLeod,
    I read your blog as part of a blog assignment for Dr. Strange’s EDM 310 class. I agree with you. If you take a look at “older” people today, most of them have no clue what is going on in the world with technology. They are happy in their own little niches, and nothing anyone does can fix their stubbornness. However, we today as technologically inclined students, will one day become those “older” people, and we will be more likely to open our eyes to learning what our children learn.

  75. Margeaux Estevane:

    Dr. McLeod
    I read this blog post as an assignment for Dr. Strange’s EDM310 class as well. I’m with you. I am going to teach my students this as well as my own children. They are going to learn it eventually. Why not give them the proper tools to do so. If we teach them about it the right way, chances are they will do what is right. It goes back to the old saying, “when you tell a child not to do something, they are going to do it anyway” I want my children to have a broad sense of the world and that is more than any textbook can teach!

  76. Jenny Black:

    Hello Dr. McLeod,

    I am reading this blog via an assignment of Dr. Strange’s at the University of South Alabama. I appreciate your style. How boring would the internet be if everyone wrote in the same way and thought the same thing. I appreciate you writing your thoughts uncensored. Yes, I believe they can be criticized. But I also believe that it would be worth nothing if it didn’t incite reactions.
    You pointed out all the typical concerns that parents have about the internet. But the truth is, students can find negative things and trouble wherever they look. The internet is no exception. But, the internet, if utilized to it’s full potential, can be used to totally revolutionize our current teaching style. I believe it can make school and learning fun again. Education has the RESPONSIBILITY of keeping up with the world. Shouldn’t schools be at the forefront of all advancement in the first place since they are the one’s doing the TEACHING?

    You can reach me at my blog, http://blackjennyedm310.blogspot.com/ or via Twitter, Jenny22Black. Thanks!

  77. Caryn:

    Dr. McLeod,

    I am reading your post as an assignment for Dr. Strange’s EDM 310 class at USA. You’re post was interesting, although, I don’t fully agree with the whole thing. I had a cell phone at a young age, but that was only because my mom didn’t like to give up hers when we went places and I didn’t stay around her or when I stayed at a friends house, she didn’t want to call their house phone, so she just got me my own phone. I agree with the social networking thing though. I get friends requests on Facebook from kids who are 8 and 9 years old! That is way too young. For a while you had to have an .edu email address to have a Facebook, now anyone of any age can have one. Nice and fun post! You can check out my blog: http://www.hyattcarynedm310.blogspot.com

  78. Catina Magby:

    Mr.McLeod. I agree that children need too be monitored with the things that they do. Parents want to protect them from whatever they can and I would as well.

  79. Kristen Hayes:

    Dr. Mcleod,
    I am in Dr. Strange’s EDM 310 class. I was assigned to read your post. I totally agree with you and loved your sarcastic approach to the topic. If you want to see more of what I had to say you can check out my blog
    http://hayeskristenedm310.blogspot.com/

  80. Kayla Beck:

    I am a student in Dr. Strange’s EDM class. I do agree that danger is everywhere, especially when it comes to computer technologies. Parents should definitely have guards on their children, but there is an extent to that. Parents can only guard their children so much until the kids are going to rebel. I think there are some things that are okay for them to interact with on the computer, but it should be handled as safely as possible and much of it should either be limited or not allowed until they are old enough for the parents to start letting them make certain decisions of what they can do on their own. Limit? Yes. Control everything? hhmmmmmm.

  81. LaChandra Lett:

    Dr. McLeod,
    Initially reading this post I had a frown on my face until I tuned into the sarcasm. Children need to be monitored well but not confused with keeping technology from them. The children are our future and if they are not prepared to survive in a technological world then say goodbye to progression. I really enjoyed your post. I am a student in Dr. Strange’s EDM 310 class and reading your post was an assignment. My blog:http://lettlachandraedm310.blogspot.com/

  82. Eloise Martin:

    Dear Mr. McLeod,
    I really enjoyed reading your post. I thought it was very interesting how you also think that children don’t need all this technology to succeed. Where is all this going?
    We did just fine as kids, and now we are able to use technology just fine. So why can’t the future kids do it?
    I think that your post is going to make future parents think about their children.

  83. Chris Patrick:

    Dr. McLeod, this post is primarily structured around teaching technology and not subject material. So, if we do not teach our kids these things you have listed but focus on subject material such as reading, writing, and mathematics, you will have a so called leg up in the future years to come? How so? Do you not think these subjects are important in today’s [or the future for that matter] society?

  84. Scott McLeod:

    Hi Chris, thanks for the comment. The poem was really meant to highlight the fears that folks have about technology usage in schools and the disadvantages that accrue when we succumb to those fears, not to set up a contrast between ‘teaching tech’ or ‘teaching content.’

  85. Christina Sobolewski:

    Dr. McLeod,

    I loved it! I think that should be sent every parent in who has a child system just to see how many of them think that this real or that you are being serious? Many of them would only see words like ‘porn’ and ‘sexting’ and agree with you with out any regard sarcasm in the rest of this.
    I would also bet that half wouldn’t even know what ‘PLNs’ or ‘hyperlink’ even mean. Maybe those words alone would cause them to agree that their child shouldn’t do any of the stuff because of their fear of ignorance in technology.

    Anyways, kudos! I enjoyed it a lot.

    Oh yeah, before I forget, I am in Dr. Strange’s EDM 310 class. If you want to know what I said about this blog post, just go to my blog: http://sobolewskichrisitnaedm310.blogspot.com

    Thanks again! It was fantastic!

  86. Sarah Pierce:

    Dr. McLeod, I love how you use satire in order to show how strongly you believes in technology and the benefits it can bring to the field of education. Your point is valid because in these days, students will encounter technology everyday in their lives. How can anyone stop them from using it? It just makes sense to have them be creative with it and to help them make use of it in their daily lives. I am in Dr. Strange’s edm310 class at USA.

  87. Ishmael Ward:

    Dr. McLeod, I am taken this Class for Dr. Strange at University of South Alabama. I will have to disagree with your post. There are some level of truths in your post, but in today’s time Technology is part of the world we live in. For those people that do not learn to use technology, they will be left behind. I am example of this. I am having difficulty with this class being online, because I was not taught to use technology.

  88. Scott McLeod:

    Ismael (and others), read over the last part again. This poem is meant to be sarcastic (until the end), not literal…

  89. Brooke:

    Dr. McLeod. I am currently an education major at the University of South Alabama. I read you post for Dr. Stange’s EDM 310 class. I loved this poem, and I love the sarcasm! I agree, children need to be monitored, but do not to be kept from technology. Technology is growing, and if the children are not understanding of technology then they will not be able to progress.

  90. Trieu Tran:

    Hi Dr.McLeod, I am here for an assignment in Dr. Strange’s EDM310 class. Here is the link to our class blog: http://edm310.blogspot.com/

    I enjoyed reading your post, but I am sorry to say that technology is part of progressing education. To avoid all the negative issues about technology, teach students proper ways about what to do, and warn them to stay away from irrelevant websites because it will get you in a lot of trouble.

  91. Leslie Ketchum:

    Mr. Mcleod,
    I am reading your post as an assignment for EDM 310 at the University of South Alabama. I thoroughly enjoyed your post although I have to admit I was confused at first. I was thinking to myself “Are you serious?” Until I read it over again I began to realize the humor in it all. Very good post and very truthful.
    Feel free to check out MyBlog

  92. Mattie Bearden:

    Dr. McLeod,
    I read your post as an assignment for Dr. Strange’s EDM 310 class at the University of South Alabama. I love this post! I think it is great that you are able to take such a serious subject and turn it into something so humorous and sarcastic. I completely agree with you that your students (as well as others who are given technological freedom) will “have a leg up”. I have posted a short response to this post on my class blog. You can view this at: http://brooksmattieedm310.blogspot.com/

    Thank you for your time!

  93. Whitney Bosarge:

    I read your post, ” Don’t Teach Your Kid’s This Stuff, Please?”, as an assignment for Dr. Strange’s EDM 310 class. I like how you wrote this in a sarcastic tone. I agree that student’s need technology in order to succeed in today’s world. I think student’s having this priviledge should be monitored also, because there is so much evil in this world, and it is thriving on the internet these days. You can visit my blog if you like at http://BosargeWhitneyedm310.blogspot.com.

  94. Brittany Schneider:

    Hi Scott,
    My name is Brittany Schneider and I am a student in Dr. Strange’s EDM 310 class at the University of South Alabama. I appreciate your sarcastic views on this subject. I feel there are probably more people that feel this way about technology that I realize. I agree that technology should be utilized to enhance education. Thank you for sharing your thoughts.

  95. Ellie Irish-Jones:

    Hello Dr. McLead,
    My name is Ellie Irish-Jones and I was asked to read your blog as part of an assignment for my EDM 310 class taught by Dr. Strange at the University of South Alabama. I think your sarcastic approach to the topic of children using technology was creative and funny. I think you made many valid points, one being, yes there are dangers to using the internet but as there are with most things in life. If we educate these children in the right way then we should be okay. Parents who shelter their children from internet and all the amazing educational opportunities it offers are really cutting their children short. The use of technology and especially the internet can really open many doors for a growing mind. You can see my full response on my blog at http://irishjonesellieedm310.blogspot.com

  96. Mitch Pouliot:

    Dr. Mcleod, I read this at Dr. Strange’s insistence. This post seems to come from someone who has dealt with many a naysayer. I agree with the importance of teaching technology. Kids who have access to the tools of tomorrow will be more polished when using them. The only thing I’d say to address the sarcasm is a rising tide lifts all boats. Thanks for the read.

  97. Ryne Baxter:

    Hi Dr. Mcleod, I am Ryne Baxter and I am in Dr. Strange’s EDM310 Class at the University of South Alabama. I liked the way you used sarcasm in your post, it really got your point across strongly. I agree that that technology is extremely important to us and our kids. I also agree that it would be ridiculous not to let our kids explore and discover through technology because it is a great way for them to learn.

  98. Laura Scott:

    Hey Dr. McLeod, my name is Laura. I am in Dr. Strange’s EDM310 class this fall. I enjoyed your post and I like your approach to the matter. I think people are afraid of what they do not understand, and unfortunately, there are a lot of people that still do not understand the uses of technology. It’s sad. I can see why the fears of ignorant people prompted you to write this post.

  99. Sterling:

    Hey! I am currently attending the University of South Alabama and in Dr. Strange’s Edm 310 class, and was told to comment on your blog. click hereto check out my blog. I really liked how you used your use of words. I think that internet can be a very dangerous place, and I really liked how your made people aware of that.

  100. Malissa Matheny:

    Hi, Dr. McLeod in am in Dr. Strange’s EDM 310 class at USA and reading your blog was one of our assignments. This is a very interesting and powerful statement you have made with minimal words. I agree with teaching the children who will be running our country one day to be up to date on technological advancements also. You can read my complete response @ http://mathenymalissaedm310.blogspot.com/

  101. Jameson Branch:

    It’s amazing to me how reluctant people are to accept technology. Sure, there are people that misuse technology, but the advances made through technology are a necessary part of our present and future society. Shouldn’t we teach our children how to use technology safely, rather than just let them learn on their own the hard way?

  102. Wade Bias:

    Dr. McLeod: My name is Wade Bias and I am a student in Dr. Strange’s EDM 310 Class at the University of South Alabama. Your post was done in an interesting way with a great message. As parents and teachers we should expose our children to real world issues. They key is to closely moniter them. You can read my blog at http://biaswadeedm310.blogspot.com

  103. Jameica York:

    Dr. McLeod… I read your post for an assignment for Dr. Strange’s EDM 310 Class. I enjoyed reading your sarcastic take about technology in today’s time. It was an eye catcher for me. You can read my full comment about your post at http://www.yorkjameicaedm310.blogspot.com.
    Thanks

  104. Brandi Alexander:

    Hi, Mr. Mcleod. I am a student at the University of South Alabama and I have been assigned to read this post for Dr. Strange’s EDM 310 class. I agree with you when you say that children should be exposed to the many uses of technology, however, I also think that a child’s age and maturity level determine if they are responsible enough to be trusted with using it. i don’t think it would be hard for a child to be misled in the uses of technology, but with correct guidance they can greatly benefit from it.

  105. William "Prent" Davis:

    Dr. McLeod,

    I find your unconventional way of talking about educating children about the internet and technology in general to be quite refreshing. I agree that children should be exposed to as much technology as prudent — after all, in this day and age it is impossible to keep them ignorant of internet and technology. However, I agree with several other commenters who have suggested that students be taught about good and bad technology practices (for instance, how to use it as a tool rather than as a crutch or for strictly entertainment purposes).

    Thank you for sharing your ideas. I will be making some brief comments on my blog at http://daviswilliamprentedm310.blogspot.com/ for Dr. Strange’s EDM 310 class.

  106. Kiara:

    Mr. McLeod,

    I read this post as an assignment in Dr. Strange’s EDM310 class, and I really like it. I think is in a great way to inform people about technology. It tells of the good and the bad of technology in a way that catches the attention. This is brilliant and I think everyone can agree, based off the comments you have received.

  107. Amani Alloul:

    Hi there Dr. McLeod!

    I am one of Dr. John Strange’s EDM 310 students. I really like the format of this blog post! The way you presented your point was really interesting! It took me a while to realize that you are being satirical though!
    Thanks for your insight!

    Amani

  108. Tiffany Morris:

    Dr. McLeod,
    I am a student of Dr. Strange. I am taking his EDM 310 class. I think this post does a great job at showing how technology can make a big impact on our lives. There are negative aspects of technology, but without it, I do not believe we would be as far as we are. The end of your post is very refreshing. It’s like comic relief.

  109. Tiffany Morris:

    Dr. McLeod,
    I am a student of Dr. Strange. I am taking his EDM 310 class. I think this post does a great job in showing that technology can make a huge impact on our lives. Yes, there are negative aspects of technology, but I believe that without technology, we would not be as far as we are. The end of this post was very refreshing.

  110. Crystal:

    Dr. Mcleod

    I am a student in Dr. Strange’s EDM 310 class and I was asked to comment on your blog. I really liked your method. I think that the way you represent your point is interesting. It really made me think.
    I can see where parents would have concerns about their children working with the internet but I agree that students need to learn more about technology than they are learning now.

  111. Phillip:

    Dr. McLeod I totally agree with what you have said in your blog. We must give our children the opportunity to use technology for their advancement. We cannot be scared of it and what they will do with it. Yes a few children might use it for ill, but the majority of children will use it for the good and furthering of their education. We must also realize this is the twenty-first century and now is the time to embrace new technology for it is the way of the future. I am a student in Dr. Stranges EDM310 class at the University of South Alabama. Thank you for writing this blog I will be commenting on this at my blog http://cooperphillipedm310.blogspot.com/

  112. Cody Coleman:

    Hello Dr. McLeod. I am a student in Dr. Strange’s EDM310 class and I just wanted to say that this is definitely a different way of getting a point across, one that i havent seen before as well. I do like the comments at the end where you say lets see who will have the leg up in a decade or two! I agree that those who dont teach and show their children technology are going to be way behind in the times. I am going to be commenting more on my blog at http://colemancodyedm310.blogspot.com/

  113. Heather Bright:

    My name is Heather Bright and I am in Dr. Strange’s EDM 310 class at the University of South Alabama.
    At first when I read this I thought you were being serious. I said to myself, “How hypocritical is it of this man to talk down about technology when he has his own website!!” As I continued to read I realized you were being an extremist. Your sarcastic approach to those fearful of technology is amusing to me. My dad always used extreme examples to get a point across.
    On another note, jobs require experience and since our world is becoming more technologically advanced, jobs will require more technological experience. We must prepare our children with knowledge and those that do not prepare their children, are setting them up to fall behind the others.

  114. Darlene Staimpel:

    Hello Dr. McLeod,

    I am in Dr. Strange’s EDM310 class and was assigned to read your post. I enjoyed reading your comments. I believe in the future of technology and will teach my future students as much as possible. I will incorporate the proper knowledge to teach my students to be safe with the technology given. Technology is a very powerful tool and I feel is the responsibility of the parents, teachers, administrators and others to educate our children on the right and wrong way of doing things. I loved your sarcastic approach. Please feel free to visit my blog at your convenience at http://staimpeldarleneedm310.blogspot.com.

  115. Garrett Council:

    I totally agree with you if you were to rewrite your poem and leave out the satire and the ending stanza. The technology world is corrupting the minds of children and adults alike. Sure it makes daily life easier, but it also makes it much easier to fall in worldly temptation.

  116. Cassandra Steele:

    Dr. McLeod, My name is Cassandra Steele, and I am in Dr. Strange’s ED310 class at the University of South Alabama this semester. I enjoyed reading your post because of your sarcasm, and I believe the point you are getting across about people having fears of technology. Technology is just part of the world now. The ones who aren’t willing to use it are going to be left in the dust. This is a great post! Thanks for sharing your thoughts.

  117. Kindra Blackwell:

    I loved your post! I think it would be interesting to compare children who use technology, and children who do not use technology.

  118. Teri Hampton:

    Dr. McLeod,

    I am a student in Dr. Strange’s EDM 310 class. I loved this poem. It is very clever. Thank you for sharing this with us!

  119. Ashley Goodwin:

    Dr. McLeod, I thoroughly enjoyed the satire used in your post. I agree that there are limitations as far as using technology and depending on it. A cell phone could obviously be used as a technological necessity; but on the other hand, it wouldn’t be such a good idea to depend on computers, cellular devices, etc. all the time. I love the way you presented your message and I feel it definitely got the point across. I am a student of Dr. John Strange’s EDM310 course.

  120. Courtney Bellais:

    Mr. McLeod,
    I read your post for an assignment in my EDM310 class, and I really enjoyed it. I agree that children should be open to the world of technology rather than sheltered from it, considering technology is the future.

  121. Erin:

    I am in EDM 310 with Dr Strange. I believe that the future is going to be consumed by technology. I don’t understand why anyone would keep their child from learning. Without this knowledge, their futures are not looking so good. If you would like to visit my blog, please fell free. http://tillmanerinedm310.blogspot.com/

  122. Paige Bryant:

    Dr. Mcleod

    Your satirical outlook on the uses of technology is quite entertaining. Although while it is meant to be over exaggerated, it isn’t very far from the truth. My teachers from high school basically had this outlook on technology. They thought that every 17 year old that logged onto a computer would soon be kidnapped,or every student that had a cell phone would be bombarded by sexually explicit images from classmates. While this may be true for some that are new to technology(and have not yet learned the dangers of technology), most everyone has wised-up and learned that they should monitor what they put on the internet and in texts. Most students in high school are still using the internet simply for social networking, but that’s because they don’t know any better. How are they supposed to know how technology can enrich their learning experience if the only use of technology they are taught in school is to use it to write a paper. Research is just the beginning of the benefits of technology, but students will never know if they are not exposed to it. Thank you for posting this, I truly enjoyed it. I will be reflecting on this post on my EDM310 blog, so feel free to take a look around.

    http://bryantpaigeedm310.blogspot.com/

  123. Christie Odom:

    My name is Christie Odom, and I am reading this for Dr. Strange’s EDM 310 Class. I completely agree with you. I’m glad your allowing your children to learn about technology. I know that in the years to come, they WILL have the upper hand. Thanks for sharing this.

  124. Gaillard Broughton:

    Dr. McLeod,

    I am in Dr. Strange’s EDM 310 class. I really enjoyed this post. It took me a little while to realize what you were actually trying to say. I believe that children need to learn about technology. I know some people may think that the internet is dangerous, and it can be if is miss-used, but I don’t think that teachers should not allow students to use it. Students will grow, flourish and learn through technology. I am glad that you are teaching your students about technology!

  125. Aaron Griffin:

    Dr. Mcleod, I am a part of Dr. Strange’s EDM 310 class, and I also strongly believe in using technology in today’s classroom. With responsible supervision and guidance, technology can aid a student to succeed above and beyond in the classroom. Using todays resources is crucial in reaching todays generation.

  126. Sherrie Spence:

    I think people should focus more on the harm technology can cause than the benefits from it. If you talk to anyone that has lost a loved one from a predator or a child that is a victim from cyberbulling, I bet it wouldn’t be so funny. There should be stricter laws to protect children from these acts, and if people would focus more on this instead of the next new thing, a lot of pain would be prevented. I agree with the use of technology, but getting a computer and using the internet should be like getting a drivers license. If a child is exposed to internet porn in the home, the parent should be prosecuted for negligence. If a pervert is caught online, he or she should go to jail and not on probation so they can have more time to play on the internet. This country has all the time in the world to progress in technology, but there’s no time to protect our children. Oh yeah, and there’s no money. God bless America. Please.

  127. Tarvaries:

    Dr. McLeod,
    I am a student in Dr. Strange’s EDM310 class and I had to read your post as an assignment. I love your thoughts and your passion about integrating technology into the learning process for today’s students. I really enjoyed reading your blog!

  128. Sarah:

    I really loved this post! It is great! I love the approach you have taken to prove your point. This post really reveals the true ignorance of parents and teachers who do not want their children to take part in technology. Do you want your children to succeed or not? I am in Dr.Strange’s EDM 310 class. http://davissarahedm310.blogspot.com/

  129. Kristin Key:

    Dr. Mcleod,
    I like the way you make your point. A little reverse psychology can really make a stronge argument sometimes. I agree with allowing our kids to explore and learn to manipulate technology, with some boundaries. I want my kids to be able to compete with yours! You can visit my blog if you’d like: http://www.keykristinedm310.blogspot.com

  130. Name (required):

    Mr. McLeod, your poem is very compelling. It is trouble for parents to try so hard not to expose their children to the internet for fear of predators. It is horrible that so many parents keep their children from the technology that is necessary in their lives. Thank you for sharing your feelings.

  131. Amberli Chastang:

    Dr.McLeod,

    I am a part of Dr. Strange’s EDM 310 class.I love the format of your post. The topic is so interesting. I have to agree that children need to experience things for themselves and make their own mistakes on the internet. Although, the parent should limit what sites their children should go on to limit the danger they may be putting themselves in.Technology is such a big deal these days students should have the right to explore with it.

  132. Jessica Hadaway:

    Dr. McLeod,

    I am a student in Dr. Strange’s EDM 310 class at the University of South Alabama. Your blog is interesting but I am not sure I agree with some of your statements. As a parent of three children I am often concerned with what my kids are being exposed to via the internet. My husband and I have parental controls for their protection on the home computers. I value technology and am excited about what is happening around us however children have to have limits and rules to using technology. I am also not a fan of 24/7 access to the computer or to cell phones to young children.
    Shouldn’t there be a balance? I do not feel I am holding my children back by protecting them. Our children play many age appropriate games online and are in my opinion very “tech savy”. Your post singled parents and teachers out and in my opinion not very fair. I realize you are the expert in this field and I am only a student. I did enjoy reading your blog and you can find my blog at http://www.hadawayjessicaEDM310.blogspot.com

  133. Regina Bunch:

    Hi. I am also in Dr Strange’s EDM 310 class at the University of South Alabama.
    I really like this post. You speak about the positives and negatives that can be found in technology. I think that technology is a wonderful thing to teach to our children, if it done properly. My only fear of a technological classroom is that it would get out of hand and be used for reasons, sometimes dangerous, other than learning.

  134. Neileigh Chastain:

    Hello,
    I am in Dr.Strange’s EDM 310 class at the University of South Alabama. I really enjoyed your post and agree with it. I posted a comment to it on my blog at http://chastainneileighedm310.blogspot.com/

  135. Courtney Banks:

    Dr. Mcleod,

    My name is Courtney Banks and I am a student in Dr. Strange’s class at the University of South Alabama. I really enjoyed reading your post. I loved how you used sarcasm to make your point about today’s technology. Technology today can be very resourceful but if students are not careful they can get into trouble with some information provided through technology. http://bankscourtneyedm310.blogspot.com

  136. Ann-Marie New:

    I think that the position that many people too often jump to is one based on the negatives of technological use. True connectivity does allow children to connect with the wrong people and vis versa. But there are ways to prevent and avoid these connections. There are ways to prevent children from seeing, reading, watching, or hearing the wrong things. Certain browsers and search engines are specifically designed for such precautionary measures. We could also prepare our children for such things. We can teach them what dangers to avoid and how to avoid them. With this we can go on to allow our children to get the good out of technology.

  137. Emily Pilotte:

    Mr. McLeod,
    My name is Emily Pilotte and I am in Dr. Strange’s EDM310 class at the University of South Alabama. I loved your post! I found it quite humorous. I believe that many parents feel this way. I know mine did for a long time. We need to let kids have some freedom with their internet. I’m not saying we should leave them on there with no supervision for hours, but most kids are trustworthy with their time online. We need to realize that the benefits of technology are mostly good, not harmful. Thanks for sharing your thoughts!

  138. Shellie Miller:

    Hi Dr. Mcleod,

    I am a current student at the University of South Alabama in Mobile, in Dr. Strange’s
    EDM 310 class. I enjoyed your blog for both its humor and for the point it made. I can remember in the 90’s when I was in high school how those were the things which my parents said to me, and how much things have changed. As time goes by, technology and the need to learn more increases at faster speeds. I do not believe that technology makes bad kids, I believe as a parent, it is my job to teach my daughter right from wrong. If I do my job correctly then she can use her cell phone, her netbook and any other type of technology to stay caught up with other kids her age around the world. I might have to link your blog to my parents, just to say see I told you so. I am going to post a summary of your blog along with other educational blogs that I have read at http://www.millershellie3edm310.blogspot.com. Again, thanks for a great blog.

  139. Kathryn Buchanan:

    Dr. McLeod,

    I am a student at the University of South Alabama in Education and am taking Dr. Strange’s EDM 310 class. I found your post very interesting. Both of the points that you made are equally weighty. Knowledge of technology is becoming what makes a job applicant more desirable in our time. However, technology has its faults, as you clearly stated. So, the question remains: To teach, or not to teach? If you would like to see more of my comments referring to your post, please visit my blog at http://buchanankathrynedm310.blogspot.com.

    Thank you,
    Kathryn Buchanan

  140. Crystal Raper:

    Dr. McLeod

    I am a student in Dr. Strange’s EDM class at the University of South Alabama. I enjoyed what you wrote about computers, and what the worst parts of them are. But what about all the good things that come out of computers, for instance, obtaining a substantial amount of information, creating presentation, keeping in touch with friends and lots of other things.

  141. Jared Datema:

    Hi Dr. McLeod
    I am a student in John Strange’s EDM 310 class. Your post on “protecting” children from technology was interesting. We cannot protect children from all of the dangers of the world. Sheltering children from technology is setting them up for failure. Students must be able to use technology to be successful.

  142. AnMaire Lane:

    Dr. McLeod,
    This is a post that really got me thinking about all of this technology being introduced to children through our classrooms. As a future teacher, I am veery excited to have all of this new technology available to me so that I will be able to use it as an aid to my teaching. While I feel that our students do need the benefits that come from learning with technology, I also agree that it can put limitations on their learning and possibly even put them in danger. I know that I will want my students to use technology to their advantage, but how will I make sure that they are not using it in the wrong ways? I think that all teachers should read your post because it brings up some very valid points. Even though technology can be a huge advantage for our students, we must make sure that they do not become completely dependent on it.

  143. Ali Reynolds:

    Dr. Mcleod,

    I am a student in Dr. Strange’s EDM310 class. I had to read your post as an assignment and I loved it. I thought you used a very interesting way of writing it and it had very good points. Thanks for sharing.

  144. Haley Riviere:

    Dr. McLeod,
    I read your post as an assignment for Dr. Strange’s EDM 310 class. I really enjoyed your sarcastic yet honest approach to the issue of technology and learning. I agree that students need to be exposed to this type of learning so they can be more successful in the future.

  145. Callie Ramsey:

    Dr. McLeod,
    I read your post as an assignment for Dr. Strange’s EDM 310 class. I really love the way you approached the issue of using technology. Thanks for sharing you thoughts with us. If you want to read more about my comments you can find them at http://ramseycallieedm310.blogspot.com/

  146. Rachel Ward:

    I am a student at the University of South Alabama. I am in Dr. Strange’s EDM 310 class and as an assigment he wanted us to read your post.

    I really enjoyed your post. I loved the way you came about it in such a sarcastic way. I found it to be very effective and humorous!

  147. Marie Allgood:

    Dr. McLeod
    As a student of Dr. Strange’s EDM 310 class I was instructed to read and comment on your post. I will be making my comments on my blog as well at allgoodmarieedm310.blogspot.com. I am one of those parents that thought we should protect our children from texting and the internet. I realize that I am wrong. We are hurting them by not teaching them the way the world works. Thanks for the eye opener.

  148. Catherine Soutullo:

    Mr. Scott McLeod
    I am a student at USA taking a class in Dr. Strange EDM310. You have an unconventional way of making your point about children and the internet. Children need to be able to have computers and cell phones and be connected to the internet. I agree that children should be allowed to use certain web sites until they are older. Later when you think that they can use good judgment let them surf the web but, just keep tabs on what they do. Let your kids know that trust is built by showing that you can be trusted.
    All my grandchildren can work the computer and cell phones better then I can!

  149. Megan Rymell:

    My name is Megan Rymell and I am in Dr. Stange’s edm310 class. I do believe technology in the classroom is a good thing. Teachers can use technology every day to teach in the classroom. teachers can also use technology to continue their learning. I do agree with you with the fact that teachers should not forget about pen and paper assignments. Is teachers only use new technology to assess student’s learning, how do we know if a student is really learning. A student can be collaborating with another student or coping ideas from the internet.

  150. Angelica Scott:

    Dr. McLeod,

    I am a student in Dr. Strange’s EDM310 class and I had to read your post as an assignment for class. I had to read your post twice. At first I was a little confused but then by the end I realized that you were being really sarcastic. I think you really made it clear how important technology really is. Thank you for sharing your thoughts it was great.

    Angelica Scott

  151. Brittney Jolly:

    My name is Brittney Jolly and I am a student in Dr. Strange’s EDM 310 class and I had to read your blog post for an assignment. I liked how you approached telling about how important technology is. I feel by telling someone not to do something is really telling them to do it. We all know when our friends or parents tell us not to do something at some point we do it out of curiosity.

  152. Stephanie Belletty:

    Dr. MecLeod,
    I am in Dr. Strange”s EDM 310 class, I loved your approach to what we need to do in the class rooms. At first I was shocked at what you said, but I eventually got what you were saying!

  153. Amanda Bosarge:

    Mr McLeod,
    I enjoyed your poem. I agree with many of the other commentors that two sides of the story exist. While someone may stand on the far right or left of the continuum, I choose to remain in the middle. There are those who are ‘all-out, let-kids-explore, make-their-own-choices, it-won’t-hurt-only-benefit’ advocates and also those, whom you confronted in your poem, who are ‘kids-can’t-be-trusted, technology-is-dangerous, PROTECT-OUR-CHILDREN’ advocates. I personally draw my worldview on this subject from both arguments. Children should be allowed the freedom to be creative with technology and be exposed to the best that it has to offer them. However, there remains dangers that we must warn them about and steer our students away from. Finding a balance will allow our students to safely explore the wonderful world of technology.
    I am one of Dr. Strange’s EDM 310 students. My blog address is bosargeamandaedm310@blogspot.com

  154. Robin Garland:

    Dr. McLeod
    I love that you are right there with your children teaching them about technology. We are getting to the point where it is not an option; we have to understand technology in our world. I do understand there are some dangerous aspects like: sexting or porn, but those things are everywhere. It is better for us to teach children how to appropriately use the internet, cell phone, etc. then for someone else to teach them the wrong way.

  155. Amelia Platt:

    Dr. MecLeod,
    My name is Amelia Platt and I am a student at the University of South Alabama, and I’m in a class called EDM 310 and my teacher is Dr. Strange. I truly believe that the right and wrong way to use the internet and other sources are up to the parents of the students. It should not be the teachers responsibility of the teacher to to teach a students the right and wrongs of the internet. We are just there to give the children more information so they know how to use the internet effectively for there work. Technology is the way of the future and I believe if we start teaching our kids the right thing now we will not be bale to use technology effectively in the future. I will be talking about your blog in my blog ameliaplattedm310@blogspot.com.

  156. Kristi Bain:

    Hi,
    I am Kristi Bain. I am a student in Dr. Strange’s EDM 310 class. Your post was eye opening. It showed all the bad that is viewed on the internet but if you read it in between the lines it made you think about all of the good that comes along with technology. Your statement at the end was moving. We do need to think about how letting our kids use technology or not use it will affect them in life. You can check out my blog at http://bainkristiedm310.blogspot.com/

  157. Brittany:

    Dr. McLeod,
    I am a student in Dr.Strange’s EDM 310 class. I read you post as an assignment and loved it. I have to be honest that I did not get it at first because of the tone but I do agree with you. Although there are some aspects of technology that are scary and horrible to think about for the most part it is very helpful and our students would be completely unprepared for this world if they did not learn about technology and experience it.

  158. Krystin Pavey:

    Dr. McLeod,
    I found this post very interesting. I agree that children who learn with the aid of technology will have an advantage over those that do not.

  159. Jasmine Marshall:

    Dr. McLeod,
    I am a student of Dr. Strange’s EDM310 class. I enjoyed your post. Parents as well as educators should realize that technology has just as many negative affects as well as positive ones. Students should not have access to modern technology until they are mature enough to know what to and what not to do on it. When kids are first able to access the internet or recieve a cell phone all of their behavior should be monitored until the guardian is able to trust them.

  160. Katherine Kirby:

    Dr. McLeod,
    I am a student of Dr. Strange’s EDM310 class. I thought your post was rather interesting. You began by pointing out all the negative aspects of technology, yet you end by saying you utilize the positive aspects of it. I think you did a very good job here.

  161. May Krasovich:

    HI, my name is May Krasovich. I am a student of Dr. Strange’s EDM310 class. This post was short simple and to the point. I don’t know how many times I’ve heard people put the internet down, but as soon as they get home their on it. No matter the subject matter, there will always be negative and positive point of view. you can check my blog out at My blog

  162. Logan Bennett:

    Hi, my name is Logan bennett. I found your take on technology rather interesting. what you are talking about makes so much sense. what you said about the pencil and paper was really good.

  163. Tiphanie Owens:

    This is a very interesting poem. It’s definitely passionate, and points out lots of places where schools\parents need to improve their ideologies towards technology, but it doesn’t do anything to convince them that what their doing is wrong. I also hope you republish this somewhere where the people you address can actually see it. I doubt any computer illiterate school board members regularly check bolgs. Overall I enjoyed it and would love to see just how lost a child raised away from modern internet culture would be in 20 years.

  164. Regina Simmons:

    Dr. McLeod,
    I am a student in Dr.Strange’s EDM 310 class. I read your post and thought your approach was creative and an effective way towards making your point. Technology is an important part of education. Whats stopping these administrators, teachers and parents from incorporating technology in all its many forms is fear.

  165. Blake:

    Hi, I am also in Dr. Strange’s EDM 310 class. It is a technology based class that is opening my eyes to technology about as much as your article did. Technology is our future and we better take it seriously or we as a Nation will be passed by. Being open minded is a major part of it.

  166. Carey Dekle:

    Dr. McLeod-
    You make a very valid point about all of the terrible things that children have to face on the internet. It is easy to see the bad side of it, but looking at the good is the most important. Children will be able to to so many things if they learn to use the internet properly. They will certainly have an advantage over others in the future! I’m learning just how important it is to be tech savvy and it’s harder than I thought! Dr. Strage’s EDM310 class at the University of South Alabama is really helping me.

  167. Josh:

    I agree. I think we should do all of it possible with our kids and not hold any part of the digital age away them. By doing this, we are monitoring our kids. We are showing that we are not naive to what is out there. By opening up this world to them, they will come to us for questions and guidance.

    Josh King an EDM310 student

  168. Khaela H.:

    Dr. McLeod,
    I am a student in Dr. Strange’s EDM310 class at the University of South Alabama. I ADORED the tone of this post! I love how you described all the negative aspects of technology–everything a parent or educator worries about–then let them know how much of a disadvantage they are putting their children in. If you are interested, I will be commenting further on my own blog: http://hueykhaelaedm310.blogspot.com/

  169. Christopher Reese:

    Hi Dr McLeod I am a student in Dr.Strange class at The University of South Alabama.I totally agree with and love your sarcasm approach. In my opinion, some of the last generation are just scared of change and what they do not understand. I also believe media is also to blame because they emphasize the negative and barely celebrate the good. Great blog it was very eye opening.

    http://reesegk7.blogspot.com/

  170. Kendra Todd:

    Hello Dr. McLeod,
    I am a student in Dr. Strange’s EDM 310 class. As I was reading this blog I couldn’t help but to somewhat agree, but in many ways I disagree. The web does have some bad things, but at the same time there are great ways to enhance learning.

  171. Algia Autrey:

    HI Dr. McLeod
    I am a student in Dr. Strange’s EDM 310 class, at the University of South Alabama. I read this post as an assignment, and I would like to say I think that this is so clever of you. I love the sarcastic approach.

  172. Caitlin Jaynes:

    Mr. Mcleod-
    I am also a student of Dr. Strange’s EDM310 class at the University of South Alabama. I truly appreciated this post. I love the wittiness. Many people don’t realize how important technology is. Technology will only be utilized even more in our future, so it is important our students understand it. Though, there are cons that come with it.. but what doesn’t come with cons?

  173. Allie Howell:

    Hi Dr. McLeod,

    I too am one of Dr. Strange’s EDM310 students from the University of South Alabama.

    I couldn’t agree with your thought process more. I love how you’re using sarcasm to convey the importance of teaching technology to our children.

    I wrote a response to this post; if you care to read, please visit my blog at http://www.howellallieedm310.blogspot.com/

  174. Zachary Pole:

    Hi,
    I am in Dr. Stranges edm310 class your rant/poem on technology was mind blowing I agree that their are horrible things out their. But their is a lot of good things that would be foolish to ignore just because of the bad.

  175. Toni Parrish:

    Hi Dr. McLeod,
    I am also a student in Mr. Strange’s EDM310 class, and like most students I found this post to be interesting. I say this because each statement makes you sit back and think of not just the negative impact of technology but also the positive. Kids should be exposed to different technology, but only if there is a technologically literate adult to guide them the correct way.

  176. Pauline:

    Hello,
    I’m in Dr. Strange’s EDM 310 class. I’ve read your poem before over the summer session. Even after taking this EDM 310 class and realizing that there is a lot I still need to learn just so I can recognize what my future students are doing, it doesn’t change the fact that I still consider this particular poem of yours ostracizing.

    I was told that sarcasm works. Most mature adults find this sort of sarcasm beyond foolish and just plain mean. Deliberately calling people out, especially when it comes to their children and their child’s future, seems like it would tick people off more so than get them to see your reasoning on why teaching all this new digital technology is vital.

    Yes, there are safety measures people can take and teach their children about working the web and going to websites and things like that. But if a parent’s genuine concern for their child trumps “the need” to learn all the ins and outs of the digital world, who are you to say that they are wrong? And who are you to ridicule their methods? And who are you to say what is more important?

    You don’t know who I am. And you may or may not know what Adonai says about safe-keeping and stewarding over children. But I will let you know that my fear of Him trumps whatever you may write.

    I’m not that old, but most of the time from what I’ve seen, being pushy and sarcastic has the opposite of effect.

  177. Mary Mauceri:

    At first I was lost, but the end was a nice cool wrap up. I totally get it and this is the way it has been since the beginning of history. Everyone is scared of the unknown. Every parent is scared to let their children loose into this social sphere people have created. However, no one will get anywhere if they are not aware of the tools being use by most of the human race. I know some people are comfortable being ignorant, but society has certain demand and we have to keep our kids and ourselves ahead of the game.

  178. Aaron Fiveash:

    Dr. McLeod,

    I am also part of Dr. Strange’s EDM 310 class at the University of South Alabama. I would like you to know that I found your article to be very interesting. Instead of being direct with your article you use complete sarcasm to get your point across and you did it very well. The message you get across is one that parents should realize as they bring their children up. We can’t restrict our children from learning to read or blogging or using skype, but they need to learn to do all of this while the parents and teachers monitoring what is accessible to them.

  179. Abby Smith:

    Dr. McLeod,
    I am a student of Dr. Strange’s EDM 310 class. I had to read your post as an assignment, and I am very glad I did. I loved the you went about making your point. I think it’s important to have children exposed to technology we have today, because they are at a time in their lives where they absorb information. If you wish to read more about what I think, you can find my blog at <ahref="http://smithabbyedm310.blogspot.com/"Abby's Blog. Thank you.

  180. Samuel Wicker:

    Hi
    I am a student of Dr. Strange’s EDM 310 class. I read your post for a blog assignment. It was very clever, and i agree with you. People always try to look at the negative aspects of technology instead of the positive.

  181. Hillary Polchow:

    Dr. McLeod,

    I’m another EDM310 student. I thought the free form poetry sound of your post was so interesting. It had the vibe of a spoken word piece. I think it was a really effective way to get your point of view across. I totally agree that trying to shelter kids from the dangers of technology is both illogical and detrimental. Great blog. You can see mine at: http://polchowhillary2edm310.blogspot.com/

  182. Amanda Brewton:

    Hello, Dr. McLeod. My name is Amanda Brewton, and I am a student in Dr. Strange’s EDM 310 class at the University of South Alabama. After reading your post, I thought it was a creative way of getting your message across. Normally, the blogs we read are pretty standard in the way the writer tries to get the point across. I agree with a comment above in that one has to read between the lines of your post to see the message. Although, there are dangerous aspects of being online, if students are not educated in technology, how will they be able to recognize any signs of said danger? Also, there are many positive aspects of being technologically literate, as well. If you’d like to read more of my comments, feel free to visit my class blog Amanda Brewton’s EDM 310 Class Blog.

  183. Matthew Rodriguez:

    Dr. McLeod,

    My name is Matthew Rodriguez. I am currently enrolled in EDM310 under the professor Mr. John Strange and I was assigned to your blog. Right off the bat, I noticed that you are not afraid to speak your mind, which is a trait we both share. I agree that the world is a scary place and that technology has made it easier for online predators to interact with people and I also agree that it is a scary thought of how smart our “artifical intelligience” is becoming but, not all technology is bad. Some technologies have just simply made it better for teachers and students to communicate and utilize their skills to their fullest capabilites. But overall, I liked your post.

  184. Amy Crismon:

    Hi Dr. McLeod,

    My name is Amy Crismon and I am also a student in Dr. Strange’s EDM310 class. I do agree with some of the things you said. Especially about the cyber bullying, porn, and predators. Theses are all horrible things but there are ways parents can set privacy settings on certain websites. There are many positive and negative points of views. My blog is crismonamyedm310.blogspot.com. Check it out!

  185. Allie:

    Dr. McLeod,

    Hello I am in Dr. Strange’s EDM 310 class. I think that while you are pointing out good and bad qualities of technology, parents will still have problems with me getting my elementary students to blog in the future. They will be the first to point out that there are bad things on the internet, but they will be too young to know of all the bad things yet. I feel I will be showing them learning tools, and how to learn on their own at a young age. Computers at school are filtered, and if parents truly care, then they can filter their home computers at their own discretion. Technology is here to stay, and I feel you can jump on the band wagon, or be left behind.

  186. Katlyn:

    Hello Dr. Leod,

    My name is Katlyn and I am currently taking EMD310 with Dr. Strange at the Universit of South Alabama. I enjoyed reading your post, it made me chuckle. It just remindes me that with most things, there is good and bad. I see all the problems with technology but there are ways to avoid things such as sexual predators and porn. Kids can have their technology use monitered. I believe in the end, technology is important and is and will continue to be beneficial to children. My blog is hurtkatlynedm310.blogspot.com feel free to stop by!

  187. Katlyn:

    I’m so sorry, I meant McLeod. It has been a long day!

  188. Carlis Howze:

    Hello Dr Leod,

    My name is Carlis Howze, and I totally agree with this post. People focus too much on the negative and leave out to positive. I believe in order to be prepared for the future, the steps we take in technology now are essential.

  189. Carlis Howze:

    Hello Dr Leod,

    My name is Carlis Howze, and I’m in Dr. Stranges EDM310 class. I totally agree with this post. People focus too much on the negative and leave out to positive. I believe in order to be prepared for the future, the steps we take in technology now are essential.

  190. Bradley:

    hello
    I am a student in Dr.Strange’s EDM 310 class. I enjoyed your blog. I think It would be very good for parents to read and realize that the Internet can be safe for your kids to use, but only if you use it also.

  191. Sarah:

    Dr. Leod,

    I am a student in Dr. Strange’s EDM 310 class. I really enjoyed your post. I found in interesting how you pointed out what most people would say are negative things about the internet. I agree that your kids will have the upper leg!!

  192. Sharon Barrow:

    My name is Sharon barrow and I’m in Dr Strange’s EDM 310 class and I found your comments eyeopening. Most people never really consider the bad aspects of technology because we get so caught up in the “ooooo look at this awesome new so-and-so”. In fact sexting and predators are real threats to the uncareful and immoral.

  193. Tim:

    Glad to hear that Peter Sellers lives. As long as we continue to assign actual full-length books to read, I think the world will survive digital scatter.

  194. Leslie:

    Your blog was very enlightening, it shows what the world is real like now and what it might possible become. Everyone relies on computers and technology these days but never stops to think how we would survive if none of these items ever existed. I am in Dr. Strange’s EDM 310 class at University of South Alabama.

  195. TM:

    Dear Dr. McLeod,

    I am *not* in Dr. Strange’s class, and I don’t know what EDM stands for. However, I found your post because I’m thinking about the ethics of using the internet for research and test preparation for my nine-year-old son.

    Most of the other parents in his gifted class already use test banks from older students, previous years, Internet downloads and teachers’ guides purchased directly on Amazon. More than pangs of guilt, I feel regret that it took me so long to catch up with the other ‘rents.

    Although this approach, these ethics, are very different than when I was a kid, I’m beginning to think of this grey zone of getting ahead is a competitive 21st century skill of the kind you alluded to in your closing verses.

    TM

  196. Alice Anderson:

    Hello, I am in Dr. Strange’s EDM 310 class at the University of South Alabama. I agree with you on how important it is for children to be introduced to technology and not for us to just look at the bad things that come along with it. Thank you for writing this.

  197. Allegro:

    This is fantastic. :) I really like it a lot, and I’m going to link my teaching forum to this post. Maybe we’ll get some discussion going about it!

  198. Bill Bass:

    Love this!!

  199. Jo Cam:

    I have been using wikis, blogs and the creation of online content for over 5 years now in my ESL computer lab. From day one the teachers were uneasy and threatened by all of the technology. After a few years of slowly easing into the world of educational technology, the teachers have come to appreciate the necessity of preparing the students for the world they are going to live in, not the world we grew up in.
    I have gathered many ESL resources on my site http://www.englishlearns.com for student home English study.

    Teachers will not be replaced by technology, teachers that use technology use technology will replace teachers that don’t.

  200. Rebekah:

    Hi, my name is Rebekah and I am from Dr. Strange’s EDM 310 class from the University of South Alabama. You can contact me at my class blog.The way this was written was so moving. I started to think it was against the usage of technology in the classroom, but then I reflected and realized it has a totally different meaning. I agree that without technology there can be no sharing, creating, thinking, or learning. What a strong statement for the world to read! Very interesting!

  201. Amanda Spence:

    Mr. McLeod, I am a sophomore at the University of South Alabama, majoring in Elementary Education. I am in Dr. Strange’s EDM 310 class.

    I really enjoyed reading your post. The sarcasm and tone you created are wonderful. I want parents and future educators to be open to change. Whether we like it or not, technology is changing the world. There are good and bad things about it, but if you take advantage of the privacy options, then your kids will be protected.

    Thanks for your post! It kept my attention! I’ll be posting a summary of this post on my blog! If you’re interested, spenceamandaedm310.blogspot.com.

  202. Kelly Evans:

    Mr. McLeod,
    I am a junior at, The University of South Alabama majoring in Elementary Education. I am in Dr. Strange’s EDM 310 class. You really had me going for a minute there! I thought, “wow, does he really not want anyone to teach their kids how to use a computer?” Then as I took a moment to “read” between the lines, I got it. I think it is so important for kids to be taught how to use a computer. We are after all in the age of Technology. I think it should be the parents and teachers responsibility to show them how to use it correctly in order to protect them.

    Thanks for your post, it was insightful!

    Kelly Evans

  203. Michael Oakwood:

    Dr. McLeod, I am in Dr. Strange’s EDM310 class. I loved your sarcasm and it helped bring the point home. As a future educator, I am going to encourage the use all all technologies at my disposal. I am going to follow your blogs. Thank you. Michael Oakwood

  204. Bailey Hammond:

    Hello Dr. McLeod,

    I know you’re probably wondering just how many students there are in EDM310, but yes, I’m also one of them. I saw that another commenter said something about not knowing what EDM stood for, and I felt like someone should offer an explanation. EDM stands for Educational Media. It’s a course required of education students at the University of South Alabama, and it is in that class taught by Dr. Strange that we search out and explore the world of technology as it applies to learning and education.

    Which brings me back to my reaction to this poem/post. As an English major, I was naturally drawn to the style of using poetry to get across your point. It’s not expected and is very useful for drawing attention to and emphasizing the dichotomy of technology in today’s school systems. On the one hand, we want to be able to use the computers and such for teaching, but on the other, the schools are somewhat liable for anything “negative” that the students encounter while on school premises. It’s a fine line. I especially liked your use of sarcasm to really drive the message home. If one isn’t looking for sarcasm, you’d almost take the post literally as a slam against using technology, but if you read it as the sarcastic work that it is, you get an entirely different picture. Thanks for posting this. I’m going to summarize this comment in a post on my class blog http://hammondbaileyedm310.blogspot.com/ so feel free to check it out.

    Thanks again!
    Bailey Hammond

  205. Courtney Bengtson:

    Hi, I am a student at the University of South Alabbama in EDM 310. I enjoyed your post very much. I also really enjoyed the layout of your post.

  206. Hillary Rolin:

    Mr. McLeod,
    I am a student with Dr. John Strange’s EDM 310 class. At first I was thinking, “what in the world is he talking about, he’s blogging.” About halfway through the blog I realized the message you were trying to send. You took all of the negative viewpoints people have about technology and combated each and every one of them. I think your last statement closed the argument and showed what teaching kids technology is all about. “can’t wait to see who has a leg up in a decade or two
    can you?”

  207. John Russell Smith:

    Dr. McLeod,

    My name is John Smith and I am a student in Dr. Strange’s EDM310 class. I agree with the things you posted in this message. Especially about the cyber bullying, porn, and predators. These are all bad things that can be avoided by fixing privacy settings on certain websites. There are ways around the system in which are useful without having to worry with stuff like this. Look me up at SmithJohn310.blogspot.com.

  208. Brent LaForce:

    I agree with you on this post. The world is changing and the technology in the world is becoming more advanced. And I believe that for the future we need to learn this new technology and we should be teaching the students today about it.

  209. Tiffany Blanton:

    Hello Mr. McLeod,
    My name is Tiffany Blanton and I am in EDM310 class at the University of South Alabama under the instruction of Dr. Strange.
    My first thought as I began reading your post was, wow, he really hates technology but as I read it a second time, my light bulb came on. I realized what you were saying. I believe technology has many negatives but also if used properly we can use it to our advantage. That, as teachers are what we are suppose to do, educate students how to properly us a computer. Everything has perks as well as negatives but if taught correctly can have such a positive outcome. I also believe that children should be at an age of maturity before dealing with a computer or should I say make sure that the privacy settings are engaged. You really had me there but your post kept me very interested to want to read the next line. Thank you for your insight on the use of technology. I will be summarizing your blog post on my blog. Feel free to leave comments.
    visit…“http://blantontiffanyedm310.blogpot.com>”

  210. Whitney Greer:

    Mr. Mcleod,
    I am a student in Dr. Strange’s EDM 310 class. I agree with you on this blog, but question how do we stop the inevitable!! My children will have such unlimited access to computers and technology just by being enrolled in schools..this is the new age for it. I know the dangers involved with computers and especially if these sessions are not monitored for our children will become wiser than we are on how to use these things. Great point to raise to the public eye for if it hasn’t already been done they will find a way! – I will keep checking back! Thanks for sharing your blog with our class…-Whitney!

  211. Sarah Nell York:

    Mr. McLeod,
    I am in a student in Dr. Strange’s EDM 310 class. I really enjoyed your post! This was extremely creative. I was very lost at first and my first thought was that you had complete hate for technology. I realize now what you were getting at. Technology can be harmful in many ways, but how is that different than anything else? Everything can be harmful in one way or another. Technology can be used for our good. I definitely liked how you wrote this blog up and I will continue to follow your blog. Feel free to check out more of my thoughts on this at my blog http://yorksarahedm310.blogspot.com/

  212. Kelsey Robinson:

    Hi, Mr. McLeod. My name is Kelsey Robinson and I am a student in Dr. Strange’s EDM310 class at the University of South Alabama. I am not going to lie, after reading this the first time I was a little annoyed. I read it a second time and I thought about before deciding what to write. While you make very good points, that all these things are, in fact, problems that we encounter with technology, there are ways around them. Like others have said, privacy settings can be enhanced, parents and teachers can teach their children the proper ways to use technology. I do, however, agree with you completely that children are being handed cell phones at unbelievably young ages these days and that is inappropriate. Technology is a good thing, if used in the right ways. Here is a link to my blog and you can follow me on twitter @klr803

  213. Carly S. Pugh:

    Hello Mr. McLeod,
    My name is Carly Pugh and I am also a student of Dr. Strange’s EDM310 class at the University of South Alabama. I will admit your post is a bit confusing at first. You did a great job, however, of pointing out the fears and misconceptions that people have concerning technology, and especially its usefulness in educating. It conveyed the tone of a concerned parent or community member urging those over their students’ education to be wary of how they educate their students on technology. Some people feel that it is useless to teach kids how to “hyperlink” or “make videos”, as you pointed out. They also think that the use of social networking online and chatting online are not positive things, and that they only lead to destructive things like being bullied online, getting into a “facebook war”, or being the target of an online predator. These things do happen. I feel like they will happen less if we are teaching students good judgement and the safe use of technology. So to “lock it down” or to assume that only the worst will happen is not doing them any good at all. Also, to assume the worst will happen is also not giving kids credit and assuming the worst in them as well. Thank you for your post because it was quite creative and thought-provoking. You may read my posts as well on my blog at pughcarlyedm310.blogspot.com or on twitter @carlyedm310. Thanks again!

  214. Hailey Smith:

    Mr. McLeoud,
    I loved your post. This makes me think of a really over protective parent who keeps their children from doing certain things and then they end up missing out. Even though there can be a lot of bad things in technology, there are also a lot of great things. Thank you for sharing this!

  215. Brittany Hamilton:

    Mr. McLeoud,
    I am a student in EDM310 and I really enjoyed your post. I might be taking this the wrong way but to me your being sarcastic. Yes there are dangerous things that come with technology but that is pretty much with anything these days. I see it as your telling parents, etc that if they do not take the risk and let our children work with technology then they will not learn and be able to survive in a world that is based on the newest technological advances. As I stated earlier this might not be what you mean but this is how I take it. I will be posting the rest on my blog <a href="http://hamiltonbrittanyedm310.blogspot.com/

  216. Mary Ashley York:

    Mr. McLeod,
    I loved your approach to this technology issue! The way you wrote this had me on the defense of technology before I realized what you were doing. I was ready to come back with all of the benefits of technology. I see now that is what you want people to realize! I really enjoyed reading this! Thanks!

  217. Michael Armstrong:

    Mr. McLeod,

    My name is Michael Armstrong and I am a student at The University of South Alabama in Dr. Strange’s EDM310 class.

    As a fellow practicer of frequent sarcasm, I absolutely love this post. Of course there are bad things out there, but the good of the technological age definitely outweigh the bad. I want my future children and students to be able to interact in the ever changing world. I will do everything in my power to keep them safe while doing so.

    I will be adding to my thoughts on your post on My EDM310 Blog and you can reach me on Twitter @mda326.

    Thanks,
    Michael Armstrong

  218. Rebecca Sisson:

    Hello, my name is Rebecca Sisson and I am in Dr. Strange’s EDM 310 class at South Alabama. I enjoyed your post, but was very lost until the end. I can see the point in it though, technology is both good and evil. Guess you have to learn to use it for the right things in order for it to be effective!
    Check out my blog for my complete view on your post
    http://sissonrebeccaedm310.blogspot.com/

  219. Alexandra Maniaci:

    Dr. McLeod,
    My name is Alexandra Maniaci and I am a student in Dr. Strange’s EDM 310 class at the University of South Alabama. When I began to read your post, I wondered if you were being sarcastic or not. But when I got to the bottom, I realized that you were. I agree with what you had to say. Technology does have pros and cons, but as long as we learn to use it wisely, we will be better off in the long run. You can see my comment on your post on my blog at http://maniacialexandraedm310.blogspot.com.

  220. Alicia Robertson:

    My name is Alicia Robertson, and I am a student in Dr. Strange’s EDM 310 class. I agree with your statement that technology is becoming more and more advanced. This will be easier for students if they understand how different it is becoming.

  221. Matthew Poirier:

    Mr. McLeod,

    At first I was thinking “this guy cannot be serious.” I thought it was going to be another one of those parent-like rants about how technology is ruining our children. Notwithstanding, I read just a few more lines… and I started to grin. You, Sir, are clever with satire.
    I agree with you. Why is it that parents go bonkers when their child asks if they can set up a social-networking account? There are such things as privacy settings.

    I really enjoyed this post. Thank you.
    Feel free to reach me at mattpoirier531@gmail.com

  222. Erin Holton:

    Mr. McLeod,
    I’m a student in EDM310 at the University of South Alabama and my class was assigned your blog to read. After reading a few comments it looks like several students may have not picked up on the sarcasm that you incorporated in your post, but I really enjoyed it. There are negative aspects in every teaching material we could use, but when it comes to technology the positives greatly outweigh the negatives! Teachers need to be exposing students to to the wonders of the worldwide web, because if there not, those students are going to be left in the dust! Great post! I’ll be summarizing it on my blog at http://holtonerinedm310.blogspot.com. Thanks,
    Erin Holton

  223. Olivia K Bush:

    Dr. McLeod, my name is Olivia Bush and I am a EDM 310 student at the University of South Alabama. Your post gets straight to the point. Yes their are bad things on the internet but the world is full of bad things. Why should that keep students from learning all they can about technology? There are ways that school and parents at home can protect them. Students should also be taught how to protect their self. In the world today, modern technology is the way of life. Students to not need to be left behind, technology is THEIR FUTURE! Please feel free to look me up at busholiviaedm310.blogspot.com, I will be commenting on your blog. Thank you for sharing your thoughts in regards this subject.

  224. Kayla:

    Dr. McLeod, my name is Kayla Nelson and I am a student in Dr. Strange’s EDM310 class at the University of South Alabama. I loved the way you made comparisons between technology and the “old ways.” For example, “paper and pen aren’t going anywhere” when referring to writing online. It made your point very clear that people are being ridiculous when it comes to technology. Everyone needs to learn technology because it does advance every day. Thank you for your post!

  225. Rachael Gammill:

    Dr. McLeod, my name is Rachael Gammill, I am a EDM310 student at the University of South Alabama. I loved your blog, you are right. some parents do not want their children on the internet because of all of the horrible stuff out there, but that is what privacy and parental settings are for. It’s very true that children need to know how to use the computer and the internet, this world is going completely technological, and if we don’t teach children about technology now, then they are not going to have much of a future.

  226. Neely Courtney:

    Speaking directly from a parents point of view it would a perfect world if we could protect our children from all harm that surrounds them. What we can do is protect them using parental controls,blocks and be aware of what they are involved in. Technology is not the only thing that can harm our children. People they pass on the sidewalk can do/cause just as much harm. While we may not like all they could have access to we should consider what s the greater evil. Being able to access too much or not being able to access anything? Possible brilliance or dated ignorance?

  227. Pamela Todd:

    Hello, I am in Dr. Strange’s EDM 310 class. I think that your post is bold and speaks the truth. People who are scared of change often get left behind. Keep on teaching!

  228. Nicole Wilson:

    Hello Dr. McLeod,

    I am also a student in Dr. Stange’s EDM 310 class this semester. I really enjoyed this post. Your approach was very insightful and effective. It is important to remember that children are exposed to inappropriate materials in places other than the internet. Just as adults filter TV, music, and phone usage, they must learn to manage computer use, so their children will be ready for a future filled with computers.

    To see my complete reaction to your post, check out my blog http://wilsonnicoleedm310.blogspot.com/ I can also be found on Twitter @NicoleWilson2

  229. Chelsea Krail:

    Dr. McLeod,

    I’m yet another student of Dr. Strange from the University of South Alabama. You can find further thoughts about your post on my blog: http://krailchelseaedm310.blogspot.com

    This post is wonderful. It’s creative and different and sums up everything there is to say about this topic in just a few words. Sure, the internet can be dangerous and we don’t want to expose our children to that, but what are they being exposed to by their fellow peers and their friends while at school? And why, when so much information and so many amazing learning tools are online or on the compute, would anyone prohibit their child from using them? I agree, Dr. McLeod. I’m going to let my children (both my students and my own offspring) to make use of technology. It’s a wonderful tool and needs to be used.

  230. Skye LaDart:

    Hello! I am a student in EDM310 at the University of South Alabama. I agree that if we let our kids engage in technology they will have a leg up in the future. If you know what your kids are doing and communicate effectively with them, then you will not have problems like cyber bullying, watching porn, etc.

  231. Heather Beverly:

    I agree that children should not do all those. The children are future why mess up their minds with all this evil stuff. Protecting is what we should be doing to them. I get it if it has to deal a school work but nothing else should it be used for. The adults lock up things like computers with password or room where children cannot get hold of it.

  232. Trey Mohler:

    Dr. McLeod
    My name is Trey Mohler and I am a EDM 310 student at the University of South Alabama. I like your post because it gets straight to the point. Yes their are bad things on the internet but the world is full of bad things. That shouldn’t keep students from learning about technology. Technology is used so much in todays world, young students should have all the advantages they can. My blog is http://MohlerTreyedm310.blogspot.com.

  233. Shaska Crabtree:

    Dr. McLeod
    My name is Shaska Crabtree and I am a student in Dr. Strange’s EDM310 class. I really enjoyed your post. I first I was thinking is this person for real, and then I realized what the message was. I thought you were kind of using reverse psychology on the topic of technology. You made excellent points. I really like how you ended it because if children do not know how to use technology they will be behind in the world.

  234. Tracy Hunt:

    Hello Dr. McLeod,

    I am a student at the University of South Alabama where I am currently in Dr. Stranges EDM310 class. I must say, upon reading your post at first, I was under the impression that you hated technology. It wasn’t until I re-read your post that I understood you were portraying the message that technology can be both wonderful and bad. Technology is for the most part, a very wonderful thing in life. Your post is very straight forward and speaks of the truth. If kids use technology in the correct way, they will learn a world of knowledge and will be successful in the future. I really enjoyed reading your post.

  235. Jordan Sellers:

    Hello, my name is Jordan Sellers and I am a student in edm 310 with Dr. Strange. I agree with every point that you have to make here in this post, it is important that our children are exposed to the new technologies that are at their fingertips, but you also make the very real point of the dangers that are out there. So without glossing over these points we do need to set up guidelines with our kids to make sure that they aren’t exposed to the dangers that are out there. My kids go on the internet all the time but they always ask me before they visit any new site. As long as parents keep a close check on their kids I feel that they should be taught how to use computers as the tools they are. Please feel free to comment on my blog at http://SellersJordanedm310.blogspot.com and the course blog at http://edm310.blogspot.com

  236. Courtney Starkie:

    Mr. McLeod,

    I am a student in EDM 310 at The University of South Alabama.

    I like your post not only because of the sarcasm but there is truth in it. There are a lot of evil and corrupt things on the internet but it can also be a huge advantage to education.

    I’ve commented more about this post on my blog http://starkiecourtneyedm310.blogspot.com/

  237. BJ Smith:

    Mr. McLeod,

    I am in EDM310 at the University of South Alabama.

    I enjoyed the point of your post ant I agree that children need to be educated in the ways of technology. I feel like you were a little too casual with the dangers of the internet though. That being said, I think that the educators of the internet are just as important as the students learning it. We need people who are fully aware of all aspects of technology to properly teach kids how to navigate it. In todays world, kids will learn technology. The big question for me is: Who is teaching them?

  238. Brittni Sasser:

    Hello Dr. McLeod,

    My name is Brittni Sasser and I am a student in Dr. Strange’s EDM 310 class at the University of South Alabama.

    The way you used sarcasm in your post is a very interesting way in getting your point across. I love it. I believe that computers can be used for bad purposes, however, the good purposes outweigh the bad.

    Check out my blog! http://sasserbrittniedm310.blogspot.com/

  239. Miranda Tidikis:

    Dr. McLeod,

    I am a student in Dr. Strange’s EDM310 class at University of south Alabama.

    I have to admit at first I did not catch the sarcasm and was a bit confused. But as I kept reading it began to make since. I do believe that there should be a limit on web access and how much chldren should use the internet. I beleive that with supervision from a teacher or parent children can safely use the internet. It is a wonderful tool for research as well as fun. With the right guidence children can be safe on the internet.
    Thank you for share this blog.
    Our class blog is http://edm310.blogspot.com
    My bloog is http://tidikismirandaedm310.blogspot.com

  240. Jennifer Hackney:

    Dr. McLeod,
    My name is Jennifer Hackney and I am a student in Dr. Strange’s EDM 310 class at the University of South Alabama. I really enjoyed this post. I liked how you approached it with sarcasm because it caught your attention. I think you brought out really good points on technology and how it is used for good and bad. My personal blog is: http://hackneyjenniferedm310.blogspot.com
    Our class blog:
    http://edm310.blogspot.com

  241. Dustin:

    I’m a student at the University of South Alabama in Dr. Stranges class. I agree with your position on the stance and how we will as teachers get behind if we do not adapt our teaching styles then we can not get far. With another safety issue coming up with social networking, we should be helping make kids safer on that front. You can follow me on my blog barschdustinedm310.blogspot.com

  242. K Nelson:

    My name is K. Nelson and I am in Dr. Strange’s EDM310 Class. These are all great points but I have another theory. I will just get straight to the point that parents can stress moderation of internet usage as well as monitoring their daily activities on them. Their are ways to put blocks on certain things but they will find ways around them eventually. Kids do not necessarily realize the responsibilities that come with using technology and if these things that you say will occur, then they lose that responsibility. Also, can we find something else for them to do? We are the adults, correct?

  243. Raley:

    Hey Dr. McLeod! I am a student of Dr. Strange’s as well, and I enjoyed your post! I can’t say I am as passionate about technology as you are but it’s growing on me, and it’s for reasons like this post that you wrote and the intensity that you brought about through your words! I enjoyed it very much thanks!

  244. Chase:

    Dr. McLeod

    I am also a student in Dr. Strange’s EDM310 class and I would like to say that I like the way that you have presented this information. However I will say that there are indeed some things out there that need to eliminated from technology so that we as people could use the technology available now day for the betterment of the human race.

  245. Jenna Baxter:

    Hi Dr. McLeod, I am a student in Dr. Strange’s EDM310 class at the University of South Alabama. I enjoyed how you used sarcasm in your blog to get your point across. Sure there are a lot of dangers on the computer, but is there anywhere you can go that is truly safe? As long as you use technology responsibly, it can really open up a whole new world. Our job as educators, and future educators, is to show students how to navigate the technological world as safely and efficiently as possible, and in doing so enhance their education. I look forward to reading your future blogs. More comments will be posted to my blog baxterjennaedm310.blogspot.com. And you can follow me on Twitter @jennabaxter.

  246. Abby Jordan:

    Dear Mr. McLeod, One more student here in Dr. Starnge’s EDM310 class at the University of South Alabama. When I began to read this I thought, Wow! I can’t beleive Dr. Strange has us reading a post from someone who is totally against technology. As I continued reading it clicked! What an interesting way to get someones attention. In a perfect world, we could protect children from all forms of bad internet behavior. Realistically, all we can do is oversee what they are doing and take the appropiate steps necessary to ensure their safety while using the latest technology. It would be unfair and unrulely to shelter children from technology. The good outweighs the bad!

  247. Molly Dekin:

    Dear Dr. McLeod,

    I am also a student of EDM 310. I do not think it is a matter of teaching or not teaching children technology. It is a matter of HOW you teach them. As with most things, there are positive sides and negative sides. You would not skip teaching your children to drive a car because they might get in a car wreck or drink and drive. You would set boundaries and do your best to enforce them. Technology is the same thing. Boundaries just have to be set.

  248. Ashley Welch:

    I am a student in Dr. Strange’s EDM 310 class. I was really confused when I first read this blog, but I went back and read over it. I was thinking you hated technology, but you’re right technology is dangerous. It’s a part of almost everyone’s world now, so we need to find a way to protect our children.

  249. Nell Broughton:

    Dr. McLeod,
    I am Nell Broughton and in Dr. Strange’s EDM 310 class. I agree with a lot that you are saying in your post and make really good points. I do agree with there is some junk out there on the internet and that children have it on their finger tips but just because some people are doing it doesn’t mean all children will make those decisions. There are many ways around those actions. I do think that we need to teach with technology and that is a great way to advance teaching and learning! Thank you, you can visit my blog.

  250. Rachael:

    Hello, My name is Rachael Hurtz from edm310 at the University of South Alabama. I believe that we should watch our children on the computers. There are planty of horrible things on them but also if you have blocked sites and teach them how to porperly use the computer there shouldnt be to many problems. Also if you but the computer out in the open at your home and in the classroom then children are less likely to do unappropraite things with them.

  251. Woodie Holloway:

    Had me going for awhile. It looked like you were going to be downing technology in the beginning. But i guess you started that way to make a point. Point being, for all you people out there, who can find any and everything wrong with technology, Keep on doubting it. Because people(kids), are going to do, whatever they’re going to do, with, or without computers. They were doing whatever, they were doing before computers were around anyway. The punch line, at the end says it all, I’ll take my chances with tomorrow’s technology, over yesterdays anytime!!!

  252. Lisianna Emmett:

    Dr. McLeod:

    I’m an EDM310 student as well. I enjoyed your poem. It reminded me of my mom actually, but that’s a story for another blog. :) I have been reading a lot lately about the pros and cons of technology in the classroom. There are many concerns about the amount of time spent using SM and such. I feel much like you do at the end of your poem, if we do not use the technology that is available, we will put our students at a disadvantage. All of the negative things you had to say are true as well, but the really are just an extension of “real-life” dangers everyone faces anyhow. That’s not to say parents and teachers shouldn’t teach safe-guards, just that regardless of where the danger is, there is always danger that one must be prepared for. I digress, however. Iam posting this and the rest of my response on my blog.

  253. AnnMerritt Taylor:

    Dr. McLeod,
    I am currently enrolled in Dr. Strange’s edm 310 class at the University of South Alabama. I really enjoyed this post. My brother is very sarcastic, so I’m really accustomed to your type of humor. From the very beginning I knew you couldn’t despise technology. If you did, I doubt you would use words like “aggregate” and “synthesize.” My grandparents hate technology. Although they are both extremely bright, I doubt either one of them knows what RSS or aggregate means when used in this context. Thanks for your thoughts! I’ll be commenting further about your post on my class blog. Feel free to contact me on My Class Blog anytime.
    AnnMerritt

  254. Shirley Landrum:

    Hi Dr. McLeod. My name is Shirley Landrum and I am a student at the University of South Alabama in Dr. Strange’s EDM 310 class. I agree children should not have this much access to websites, it corupts our children mind and sometimes their future. I worry about the cyberbulling and sexting also. I know that when I am on the computer I receive lots of pop-ups which I don’t open, but teenagers are curious and they will open the sites and this is when the trouble begans. Thank You for sharing this post. My student class blog is ShirleyLandrum’sEDM310.blogspot.com

  255. Rebecca Warnberg:

    Dr. McLeod,
    I think that your post makes a good point that we can not cut students off from using technology. Although there are some risks involved with the use of technology, the potential for students to learn from technology is even greater. I think that the important thing is to teach kids to be careful when using the internet and to behave appropriately. We can not stop kids from doing inappropriate things such as sexting, but that does not mean that cell phones and technology are evil. I enjoyed reading your thoughts. If you would like to read my thoughts, you can visit my blog at http://warnbergrebeccaedm310.blogspot.com/
    – Rebecca Warnberg

  256. Samantha Fleming:

    Dr. McLeod,

    I am a student in Dr. Strange’s EDM310 class at the University of South Alabama. I truly enjoyed your take on technology in this post. You’re right, although there are negatives to technology, it’s where this world is headed. If we aren’t teaching students about all of this technology and showing them how to use it to their advantage, I believe they will be at a disadvantage in the years to come. Feel free to check out my blog for additional comments on your post. Thanks for sharing!

    Samantha Fleming

  257. Joshua Ragsdale:

    Dr. McLeod, I really enjoyed this post. I am a student at the University of South Alabama in Dr. Strange’s EDM 310 class. I definitely agree with your last statement about who will have a leg up in a decade or two. Teachers who use more technology in the classroom are giving their students a big advantage over those who are afraid to do so.

  258. Mary-Katelin McFerrin:

    Hi Dr. McLeod! My name is Mary-Katelin. I’m from Dr. Strange’s EDM 310 class at the University of South Alabama. I love the way you wrote this, its sarcastic but also the truth. Technology is important and used everywhere, especially schools, so there is no way to keep our children from it completely. Of course, there are bad things and sites online, but that’s what privacy settings are for. Bad images are everywhere, not just online. I love your attitude toward those who are against technology for children. Enjoyed reading this!

  259. Leiha Casler:

    Dr. McLeod, I am a student in Dr. Strange’s EDM 310 class at the University Of South Alabama. I love the way you put it. Yes, technology can be dangerous if it is used in the wrong way. That is even more reason why we need to teach our kids how to use it properly and how to protect themselves. We cannot hide them from it. Their lives will be full of technology.

  260. Jude Sanford:

    Mr. Mcleod,
    My name is Jude Sanford and I am in Dr.Strange’s EDM310 class. I agree with what you have to say, and believe kids to need to be literate about computers. I do believe they can be used in a wrong way but so can alot of things.

  261. Lee Hughes:

    Mr Mcleod,
    I am a student in Dr. Stranges EDM 310 class at the University of South Alabama. I am not sure it will even take a decade to see who will have a leg up. Technology is a wonderful teaching tool, and when the use of it is governed properly it can be successful. To argue against the parents who have negative attitudes towards their children social networking or blogging, if we don’t start teaching children how to properly use technology now they will probably run in to some of the negative things that you listed.

  262. J.T. Rawls:

    Mr. McLeod,
    I’m a student from Dr. Strange’s EDM 310 class. Your blog was very interesting. I understand what point you are trying to raise in this post. With all the bad out on the internet and such, we should bar children from technology. Children need to be taught the proper and safe way to use tools such as cell phones and the internet, just as one would teach them gun safety and the like. I can see what you were trying to do with this post. You are wanting parents and teachers to teach technological responsibility to children.

  263. Lisa May:

    Hi Mr. McLeod, I am a student in Dr. Stange’s EDM310 class at the University of South Alabama. I really liked you article and definitely agree with your last comment about who is going to have a leg up in the next decade. I agree that technology needs to be used in the classroom, it doesn’t need to be treated as something that is taboo! If we show the students how to use it properly, it can only be beneficial! Technology should add to the total education experience not be banned from it. The teachers that embrace technology will have students that are more confident in their ability to use technology for advancement rather than just for entertainment.

  264. Dana Johnson:

    Hello Mr. McLeod I am a student in Dr. Strange’s EDM 310 class at University of South Alabama. I really enjoyed reading this and I agree with you a lot especially when you said that pencil and paper isn’t going anywhere! I feel the same way that everything shouldn’t have to come from computers.

  265. Brittany Pittman:

    I am a student in Dr. Strange’s EDM310 class. I agree with your post. I think by not letting your kids explore and participate, It will put them behind in future class, work, ect. I think you learn more when you actually participate. You can find my other comments at http://pittmanbrittanyedm310.blogspot.com/

  266. Whitney Hale:

    Mr. McLeod,

    My name is Whitney Hale. I am a student in Dr. Strange’s EDM 310 at The University of South Alabama. I just wanted to say that I enjoyed reading your post. I loved the sarcasm! Sadly enough, many parents have that mindset. They think it is so dangerous for their kids to be on the web. I think that in most cases, you have to go looking for it. Not always, but a lot of the time. There are also bad people in the world as well, no matter where you are. Just as you said, the people that choose to use technology will have to advantage in the next decade. Technology is something that is changing the world, so either hop on for the ride or you will be left behind. It is just sad that in most cases the parents are making these decisions and not only affecting themselves, but their children as well.

  267. Ashley Cousins:

    Dr. McLeod,

    I thought your approach was quite humorous. It’s like telling a child not to take candy from a stranger, they know it’s wrong, but they want to do it anyways. What you said seems wrong, but you ended with “cause I’m doing it with all my kids”. Maybe if you wave technology in front of those people who seem to believe it will only bring “bad” things to our children they may just give it a chance. People love to do things they are told not to do. I know I do!! Thank you for the opportunity to read this.

  268. Megan Simmons:

    Hi Dr. McLeod,
    I am visiting from Dr. Strange’s EDM310 class. I’ll be posting my thought on this post on my blog. We absolutely need to let our kids experience all forms of media in our classrooms. My favorite line in this post is “we can’t trust them”. I think this is a central problem to a lot of school policies.

  269. Jacob Webb:

    Dr. McLeod,
    I like many of the above posters am a student at the University of South Alabama in Dr. Strange’s EDM 310 class. I really enjoyed the way you presented your position in this post. I think that it will get people thinking. I also agree with you that students that are taught this from a young age will have a leg up later in life.

  270. Jennifer Silcox:

    Dr. McLeod,
    I am a student in Dr. Strange’s EDM310 class at the University of South Alabama. I believe that students should experience technology but it should be limited. There are certain parts of the internet that young students should not be a part of. I agree that pencils and pens aren’t going anywhere.

  271. Colby-Win Beasley:

    So technology has it’s pros and cons. What doesn’t? Half of us don’t monitor what our kids are watching on TV but we’re deathly afraid of what they might come across on the internet. Both the internet and TV have pros and cons but unlike TV with the internet the good far outweighs the bad.

  272. Kevin White:

    Hello Dr. McLeod,
    I enjoyed reading your post. Children using technology can be intimidating for older parents who may not have grown up with computers and the internet their entire life. A parent’s job is to keep their children safe; in the technological age, however, predators and identity thieves seem to be around every corner. Even though these threats exist, the benefits of familiarizing oneself with technology outweighs the risk involved only if parents teach their children about how to identify and run away from threats just as they would be taught in the actual world.

  273. Kevin White:

    Hello Dr. McLeod,
    I enjoyed reading your post. Children using technology can be intimidating for older parents who may not have grown up with computers and the internet their entire life. A parent’s job is to keep their children safe; in the technological age, however, predators and identity thieves seem to be around every corner. Even though these threats exist, the benefits of familiarizing oneself with technology outweighs the risk involved only if parents teach their children about how to identify and run away from threats just as they would be taught in the actual world. Also, I am from Dr. Strage’s EDM310 class at the University of South Alabama.
    Thank you,
    Kevin White

  274. Carol Perez:

    The first moment I realized how technology would impact my child’s life was when he was two and could already use my iphone to play games and look at family pictures. He is five now and can barely write but he knows how to use our home computer and type his name. I’d like to take credit for this, however these skills are stemming from his own exploration and practice with the computer. I have no qualms with his use of technology but I do want to let him know how to use information technology efficiently and responsibly.

  275. Lara Bishop (USA Student in EDM 310):

    When I began reading I honestly thought that you was against technology and I soon realized the sarcastic humor that you were using. What a brilliant way to make one see your point. In my opinion you are totally right. There are so many dangers in the world today and especially on the web, but if we don’t learn it where will we be in the future. I will be replying to your blog on my blog if you would like to take a look then follow me @ http://bishoplaraedm310.blogspot.com

  276. Samera Johnson:

    Mr. McLeod, I am a Student in Dr. Strange’s EDM 310 class and I am required to post. I think this blog is a little extreem. The world is running on technology and there is no way to hide it. I think you may be over reacting.

  277. Miles Bubbett:

    Dr. McLeod I was completely convinced you were totally against technology until I reached those last few lines. My name is Miles Bubbett and I’m in EDM 310 at the University of South Alabama, and can see where other find concerns with technology. Although there is plenty of bad online, there is plenty of bad in the world. It’s just like everywhere else, you pick and choose where you go. As a future teacher I believe there is more good than bad unfolding from technology. We just have to show that side rather than focusing on all the bad.

  278. Amanda Lloyd:

    Very clever, Dr. McLeod! As a future English/Language Arts teacher, I give “Don’t Teach Your Kids This Stuff. Please?” an A+. It is an excellent argument FOR tech literacy! I am joining the long list of bloggers assigned to you by Dr. Strange at USA in Mobile, AL. Our EDM310 class instruction has been enlightening! As students, we have been exposed to various forms of technology to enrich our learning experience! I’m already brainstorming ways to use blogs and Twitter in my classroom! Thanks for being part of our conversation and instruction!

  279. Paige Bryant:

    Dr. McLeod,
    Thank you for posting this. I am a student of Dr. Strange’s EDM 310 class at the university of South Alabama. It is time for this message to be heard everywhere. What do most parents and teachers hear about the most? The bad things, such as children being abducted because of social networking sites, and sexting, and porn surfing, and cyberbullying. But what they dont hear is what they refuse to listen to. They choose to ignore the many benefits we receive from using technology because they are set in their way of thinking that the benefits are overshadowed by technology’s downfalls. If they would just give it a chance and trust their children and students then they might realize that it is worth it, and that there is a whole new world out there just waiting for someone to use it.

    Paige Bryant

  280. Casey Allen:

    Dr. Mcleod,
    Im a student at USA and in Dr. Strange’s EDM310 Class. I agree with your post. I know that technology can be very dangerous for children. If we teach them the right way to research the internet then it can be used as a good tool. I think its important for children to know how to use it and not be scared about trying it!

  281. Krista Edwards:

    Dear Dr. McLeod,

    I am a student in Dr. Strange’s EDM310 class at the University of South Alabama. I think that this is some very important information because it is somewhat true. Children are getting into wrong things by the usage of internet and other technological tools. I think that it is the adults responsibilities to block certain websites and to sometimes just talk to kids and tell them what are the consequences for doing bad things. This generation of kids should get the understanding that technology is a tool to help them to learn more things.

  282. Sheena Nettles:

    Dear Dr. McLoed,

    I am a student in Dr.Strange’s EDM 310 class at University of South Alabama. I really enjoyed reading your post. I totally agree that parents should not teach their children this stuff. The internet can be a creul tool for little children. I see so many children doing the things that you discussed in this post. It really should not be. I think that it is very important for children of all ages to be supervised while they are on the internet.

  283. Jessica Brown:

    Dr. McLeod,

    I am in Dr. Strange’s EDM310 class at the University of South Alabama. Earlier this week he asked us the key question of our reason for this class:

    “Do you want your students and your children to face the future with or without access to all of human knowledge with a few keystrokes.”

    I have been on the fence for some time about this now. I know that the traditional way of teaching works because it has worked so long, but the world is changing.

    I thought your way of expressing this was quite unique. I completely agree that the students who are learning technology will have a much easier time succeeding than those who are not.

    Thank you for such an interesting way of saying this to the world. I really enjoyed it. If you would like to visit my blog with any comments, please do! I am really excited to learn more about this.

  284. Chris Clevenger:

    Dr. McLeod, I am a student in Dr. Strange’s EDM 310 class at the University Of South Alabama. I really enjoyed reading your post. Although there is plenty of bad online, there is plenty of bad in the world. I believe that students should experience technology but it should be limited. We cant stop the technology train, the best we can do is hold on and brace for impact

  285. Jessica Battles:

    Dr. McLeod,
    I must say that I love your creativity in making this point almost as much as I like the point itself. And I absolutely agree in letting kids explore all technology mediums and not to hold them back. I was a skeptic in the necessity of technology not only in classrooms and schools but in daily life. However, as a student in EDM 310 at USA and exploring what others, like yourself, have to say, as well as doing things on my own, I know that it is a must. Can’t wait to explore your blog!

  286. Christina Henson:

    Hi, my name is Christina Henson and I am in Dr. Strange’s EDM 310 class. I love the fact that the use of a poem, which may be thought of as a very traditional writing, was used to express such futuristic thoughts. We must not hold our children back from learning. Our job as adults is to encourage learning. We must be committed to stay involved and ask questions about what our children are doing with the technology so we can guide them along the way.

  287. Taylor Williams:

    Hi Dr. McLeod. I am a student in Dr. Strange’s EDM310 Class at the University of South Alabama. Your blog is catchy. When I first started reading it, I thought how closed minded is this person. But I’m glad to have discovered that you are not. Being an educator that is tech literate is an advantage for some kids that come across that educator path. In a decade is not the right word but more like in 5 years or less, we will be more connected to technology.

  288. Tiffany Fey:

    Dr. McLeod,
    Your post was very funny! It is a great poem. I am a student in Dr. Strange’s EDM 310 class at the University of South Alabama and I definitely agree with you’re take on teaching kids about technology. I believe that there are great things that can come from kids learning to use technology and that we must also teach them how to protect themselves when they are using it. In this generation, kids are going to access computers and cell phones and all sorts of technology driven devices, nothing can really stop them, so I think it would be better to teach them the dangers out there and how to stay safe then forbidding them to use it. There are always bad things that come with good, so lets teach our students how to be safe, but also technologically literate!

  289. Kristen Whitehurst:

    Hi Dr. McLeod. I am also a student of Dr. Strange’s at the University of South Alabama.
    I completely agree with you about teaching children to use technology. People who are not used to it may be afraid of it and cite dangers like predators or pornography online, but the reality is that if children are taught the proper way to use technology then they will be one step ahead of those who are not. The world is changing and we all need to understand technology, because it is all around us. Great post!

  290. Ashley Gibson:

    My name is Ashley Gibson and I am a student in Dr. Strange’s EDM310 class at the University of South Alabama. The message that I got from this post is that although there are dangers that children may be exposed to while using technology to interact with the world, teaching them to use technology will benefit them in the long run. I like that you presented this information in very unique way.

  291. Annie Dubroc:

    I am a student at the University of South Alabama. I am in Dr. Strange’s EDM310 class. Your blog post was interesting, it took my a few tries to understand what you were trying to get across but your absolutely right. If we don’t teach our kids all these things you said then they will be far behind. We should give them every advantage possible and which better way to do that then technology.

  292. Mandy Davis:

    I am a student in EDM310 at the University of South Alabama. It gives me a good laugh when I think about how ignorant some people are towards technology. I agree with you 110% that you are giving your children a “leg up”. As a future educator and one day parent, I plan on giving as many children as possible this “leg up’ in technology.

  293. Rachel Saucier:

    Hi Dr. McLeod, I am one of Dr. Strange EDM310 students at the University of South Alabama. I do agree with you that technology in the class room is giving children a “leg up”. I personally can also see how many people can find this scary. Though technology has become such a vital part of everyday life, to many people it is still all very new. As a future teacher I hope that I can intemperate technology in my lessons as often as possible, while still incorporating traditional teaching skills.

  294. Noah Brown:

    Hi doctor I am also from the University of South Alabama and i agree that technology is becoming too hectic but can also be useful.

  295. Michelle French:

    Dr. McLeod,

    I am a student in Dr. Strange’s EDM 310 class at the University of South Alabama. I agree with you in the facts that the internet is not completely save for kids. There are many things out there that can be used against them. Also, with the way that our society is becoming more technology based, kids are always learning about technology and we cannot always protect them.

  296. Kim Holland:

    Dr. McLeod,
    I am a student at the University of South Alabama and I was assigned to read your blog as a part of Dr.Strange’s EDM 310 class. You can go see my reaction to this post on my blog at, http://hollandkimberlyedm310.blogspot.com/.
    I agree with you a lot of people are badly informed about the use’s of the internet while there is some bad stuff out there, the advantages of letting students use the internet far out way the disadvantages.

  297. Brandon M. Caten:

    Hi Dr. McLeod,

    I am, as with most of the commenters on here, a student at the University of South Alabama enrolled in EDM310. Reading this, I thought you were serious for quite some time. I was happy to get to the bottom of the page and see that you were being somewhat sarcastic though! I think technology is a great part of learning and can see how it might get in the way, but in order to make our students ready for their future, they need it!

  298. Lauren Moran:

    Hi! I’m also a student in Dr. Strange’s EDM 310 class at the University of South Alabama. I really think your satirical post has a strong message and I DEFINITELY think that your kids are going to have “a leg up” in the future! There are always going to be people out there who are afraid of things, but we cannot let fear paralyze us. We have to teach our kids the appropriate ways to use technology to enhance their lives for the better. Thanks for believing in this! I will be discussing my position on this on my blog if you would like to visit. http://moranlaurenedm310.blogspot.com/

  299. Jessica Sanders:

    I really enjoyed reading this blog. It gave me a glimpse into the reason why children in America are so left behind in the education field. Yes, there are some things to fear while allowing children to surf the web. But there are also fears in allowing children to play outside daily.Precautions should be taken as well as education, then release the child knowing that there is nothing to fear but fear itself.

  300. Jennifer Kelley:

    I am a student in EDM 310 at the University of South Alabama. I absolutely love this post! Just as the previous comment says; there is nothing to fear but fear itself! This put into mind how technology was treated years ago; radio and tv were immoral and would lead to our downfall, heavy metal and rap was music straight from the devil and now the internet is going to corrupt or dumb down our children. Do we ever learn from our mistakes? There are risks in everything that we do. Wouldn’t we rather take a risk that our students will learn something new and innovative or do we want to hold them back?

  301. Anthony Adams:

    Dr. McLeod, I really enjoyed and learned from this post. I am a student at the University of South Alabama in Dr. Strange’s EDM 310 class. I agree on the keeping childeren safe,and thatthere are alot of cyber predators,which is a bad down fall when it comes to the learning process with technology.

  302. Lauren McKenzie:

    I love this post! It is so true that the kids who use technology will be better off. I have a four year old cousin who is currently taking a computer class at her pre-school, so that she will already know the basics when she enters elementary school. There are a number of parents at the pre-school who have complained that the class is making their kids dependent on technology, but what about these same parents constantly using their iPhones?

  303. Kacie Manuel:

    Mr. McLeod I am a student at the University of South Alabama in Dr. Strange’s EDM 310 class. I really enjoyed reading this post because your thought behind it is so different from many other teachers. I disagree with you though. The world today is all about technology and if we do not start teaching our kids about it now, when are they going to learn. Now days teachers are turning to iPods and Twitter and the computer for all kinds of reasons. However, if we teach or kids the right way to use the internet, then there should not be a problem.

  304. Jill Lazzari:

    Dr. McLeod, I am a student in EDM 310 at the University of South Alabama. I really enjoyed you blog post. Technology is rapidly growing and students need to know how to use it, so that they can have an understanding for it in the future. Yes like many others things out there, technology has it dangers, but that can be prevented and parents need to know how to do this. Parents shouldn’t look at technology as the enemy and the reason why their child isn’t doing well. Students need to be familiar with the different technologies and parents need to let them embrace technology, so it can help them in the future.

  305. Ashley Howard:

    Dr. McLeod, I am a student in EDM310 at the University Of South Alabama. I really enjoyed reading this blog post. You make a very good point. Many parents are trying to keep their children from getting on the internet because they feel it is unsafe but, what the parents are really doing by keeping them away from the internet is making their children want to get on it even more. With proper teaching and instruction, children can learn what is safe and what isn’t. They can learn what to do and what not to do on the internet. Technology and the internet are a good thing and can help children learn, hopefully parents will start to realize that soon!

  306. Melissa Wilis:

    Dr. McLeod, I am a education Major at the University of South Alabama and current enrolled in EDM 310. I believe that you made a very good point. You addressed all the arguments the world has against technology being a teaching tool. Though it is easy to view it this way I believe that it is truly a great tool to have. Students this day and age spend all their time using technology, so why not so them how to use it correctly. If you take what they know and love all ready they will be more willing to learn. Teaching them how to use the internet and social networking in a safe and educational way could even cut down on some of the over use and abuse it faces. Students know no better because they havent been taught correctly and dont understand its full use. So lets teach them!

  307. Ramsey Willis:

    Hello Dr. McLeod

    I am a student in Dr. Strange’s EDM310 class at the University of South Alabama. I believe your post is very interesting. I had to read it several times to fully understand everything you were trying to express in your post. I like the sarcasm in your post but I don’t necessarily agree with everything that you have written. I do understand your point that if parents, teachers, and administrators don’t get up to speed with the world and the changing technology, their children will lack the technological fundamentals and will be therefore behind. I on the other hand believe the children will find a way to stay current and the parents, teachers, and administrators will be behind. You can check out more of my thoughts on my blog.

  308. Larry Mcmillan:

    Hello Dr. McLeod
    I am a student in Dr. Strange’s EDM310 class at the University of South Alabama. I find your points to be very true, but Unfortunately I can say i agree with everything that you are conveying. yes I believe that we should protect our youth from the dangers of the world but just like there are negative things there are positive things as well. But overall with the porn and predators hate to say it but there are some sick people out there.

  309. Devon Weaver:

    Hello,

    My name is Devon Weaver and I am currently enrolled in EDM 310 at the University of South Alabama. I think that your blog post is very interesting. I do understand the point you are trying to make. I also believe that children should be technological literate as well. We should also teach our children the safety of the internet just like in the “real world”. There are defiantly good things and bad things about technology. Thank you for your interesting blog post.

  310. Whitney Watson:

    Hello Dr. McLeod

    I am a student in Dr. Strange’s class at the University of South Alabama. Your post was interesting and I enjoyed the way you approached the topic. There are things on the internet that kids should not view, however if kids are monitored properly than the computer can be very beneficial. Kids that are not allowed access to a computer will be behind in the future. Technology is rapidly growing and it is becoming necessary for students to be current with technology. If you would like to see more of my thoughts than feel free to visit my blog.

    Whitney Watson
    watsonwhitneyedm310.blogspot.com
    class blog: edm310.blogspot.com

  311. Christopher Reindl:

    Hello all,
    I am a student in EDM310 at the University of South Alabama. Today I read Dr. Scott McLeod’s blog post Don’t Teach Your Kids this stuff. Please?. In it McLeod pokes fun at many of the stereotypical responses to technology. He speaks the truth with his sarcasm. So many people are afraid to embrace technology for so many different reasons. Yet, there is no reason to let ourselves fall behind in education. We must use every asset we possess to maintain our standing and begin to move away from the bottom of the barrel.

  312. Amelia Bumpers:

    Hello,
    My name is Amelia Bumpers and I am an EDM310 student at the University of South Alabama. I love your sarcasm in this post. I completely agree with the point you are trying to get across. Yes, there are negatives of the internet and other technology, but there are so many positives, too. We can teach and warn our kids of the risks of technology so they won’t get into trouble. But if we hinder them from using the internet, they will be so far behind when they get into the real world.
    Thanks for the great read!

  313. Erwin Coleman:

    Hello Dr. McLeod,
    I am a student in Dr. Strange’s EDM 310 class. Your sarcasm in this post is confusing at first but I do understand the message you are conveying. If we do not teach our children the tools that are required to be even recommended for a career, not a job, a CAREER then we are putting them at a disadvantage. Like I have said before, technology and computers are not the end all be all in life. We still need the basic skills to function without the high-tech technology. Pen and paper are not going anywhere so we cannot forget about it.

  314. Tricia Spafford:

    Dr. McLeod,

    I am a student at the University of South Alabama, enrolled in EDM 310. You definitely made me think about technology in education. I thought of an analogy related to this post.If a teacher took a class of students to the beach, everyday for 9 months, would she not let them into the water for fear of a shark or jellyfish? Everyday? Wouldn’t the students get tired of the sand? Technology in the classroom is like a vast ocean that must not be ignored or feared.You must keep perspective. Be reasonable and good things can happen.

  315. Lana Brooks:

    Hello Dr. McLeod,

    I am a student in Dr. Strange’s EDM 310 class. I liked how you approached the subject of children using technology (or not). As time goes on, our world is relying more and more on the use of technology. It would be a huge disservice to children today to hold them back from engaging in these tools. Their future relies upon it! And, sure, there are lots of bad things children could stumble upon via the internet. They have about an equal chance of finding those things in other forms of media that we’re bombarded with every day, too.

    Thanks for your post!

  316. Lindsey Harville:

    Hello Mr. McLeod,
    I am in Dr. Strange’s EDM310 class at the Univeristy of South Alabama. I loved your post. It’s not too often that you run across a post in this format or with this type of mind bending thoughts. You generally expect the bloggers themselves to be upfront about what they are feeling but your post is at the next level. It really has gotten people talking!
    Technology or no Technology? I say YES to technology. One of the last lines you had written got me thinking…”can’t wait to see who has a leg up in a decade or two…” Brilliant. People who are tech-savy now will only benefit from it in the future. Those who are stuck in a rut and are not willing to expand their knowledge will most definitely be at a disadvantage in my opinion. Embrace technology!

  317. m. williams-mitchell:

    um…could someone please reassure me that the requirement for the class was to respond to this post as though one DIDN’T UNDERSTAND THAT IT WAS SATIRE??? I’m beginning to fear for our future.

  318. Brittany Smith:

    Hello Dr. McLeod, I am student of Dr. Strange’s EDM310 class. I found your post enjoyable. I know most parents worry about what their children may see, but if they are watching it, it can be controlled. I love how you posted almost every excuse I have heard a parent say. By taking this class I have learned that I must learn to use technology. It is changing. I believe parents should teach their children as much as possible with computers. I also think parents should keep up to date on what they know as well. Teaching children about the computer and what goes on it can be a good thing. Monitoring can always be done. You have a very good point. Thank you for sharing your post. You can look at my thoughts anytime on my blog.

  319. Kenesha Brown:

    Hello Dr. McLeod,
    I am a student of Dr. Strange’s EDM310 class. I really enjoyed the point that you was making about on what not good for children. I personally have to agree with you to a certain extent. Technology can be harmful to our youth, however, it has it’s helpful ways as well. It is the advancement in education. Moreover, you have a very interesting point and thanks for sharing your post. Also, I would like to invite you to look at my thoughts any time on my blog.

    Kenesha Brown

  320. Latisha Williams:

    Hello,

    My name is Latisha Williams. I am currently taking EDM310 at the University of South Alabama. I somewhat agree with what your saying about how we should protect our children from technology but I must say the its not all bad, technology have both pros and cons. As parents and teachers we have to teach them how to use technology and be safe at the same time, just like the real world.

  321. Ashleigh Strasser:

    Hello,
    I am a student at the University of South Alabama and I am currently enrolled on the EDM 310 class. I see where you are coming from with your post. I had to read it a couple of times to understand it. I agree with the message you are sending out but I am not sure I like the delivery of it. It’s hard to decipher the sarcasm over typing. Thank you for your post.

  322. LeeAnn Bone:

    Hi Dr. McLeod,
    I am currently a student at the University of South Alabama and I am taking the EDM 310 class. I see what you are saying. Finally. When I was trying to read that my eyes kept getting out of focus and made my head hurt. I think technology can overload us and be too much on us at a point. Technology can be very useful yes, but lets not let it run our lives. I do not think kids should just depend on technology when in the classroom. There are many ways to get across what you are trying to get them to learn. Technology is one…of many. I think humans rely too much on technology. I think we should know about technology and how to use it but lets not depend strictly on it. What if all of a sudden technology did not exist?? Think everyone could go about their lives? No, probably not and to me that is a problem.

  323. Katelyn Callahan:

    Dr. McLeod, I am a student at the University of South Alabama, I am currently taking EDM310 with Dr. Strange. I think it would be accurate to sense a little sarcasm in this post. I know this is the realistic view of some people, however if taught properly technology can be very useful. I think we need to teach technology and use it in an educational way. It is our job to show children the correct way to navigate technology. The truth is that there is bad things on the internet, but it is no reason to keep children from taking full advantage of it. The park can be full of dangerous things, but you don’t see parents keeping their kids away from it. We need to teach right from wrong and develop wholesome understandings of technology.

  324. Katie Carlee:

    Hello Dr. McLeod,

    I am currently a student in EDM 310 at the University of South Alabama. I thought you made some very interesting points, after reading it about five or six times and finally understanding it. It is true that we need to protect children from some things out in cyber space. And we probably are a bit too dependent on technology. However, we can’t stop kids from going online and possibly getting into some online trouble; parental blocks only shield them from what really happens out there. It is good we protect them, but we shouldn’t cover there eyes at every bad thing. As for the technology part, we need computers and phone. Maybe not as much as someone working at Apple or Microsoft, but they do come in handy for business and personal situations. How else are we going to progress into the future without any knowledge of the technology we can get our hands on today?

  325. Mallory Moon:

    Mr. McLeod,

    I am currently a student at the University of South Alabama and I am taking EDM310 class with Dr. Strange. I found your article to be very interesting. It made me really stop and think about technology in another way. All people ever talk about is the good or positive aspects of technology. You discussed some very valid points. Although I agree on some points I still believe that technology is becoming a part of everyday lives of people. I think technology is especially useful in the classroom.

  326. Taylor Lane:

    Dr. McLeod,

    I am a student in Dr. Strange’s EDM310 class at the University of South Alabama. I thought your article was fantastic. It is unfortunate that some educators are refusing to embrace the future. I think that the direction technology is moving in should be revolutionizing the way we teach and learn. I have a limitless supply of information at the tips of my fingers at all times. Thanks for the post.

  327. Isaac Evans:

    Hi Mr. McLeod. My name is Isaac Evans and I am a student in EDM 310 at the University of South Alabama.

    I found your post to be an excellent satire on the number of excuses people seem to find to not be technology-saavy. Are there dangers? Sure! But are they for the most part avoidable? YES! We need to learn how to work around any negative parts of technology and use technology to benefit our students.

  328. Shelby Owen:

    I am a student in EDM310 at the University of South Alabama. I found you post very interesting. You pointed out all of the excuses teachers and schools use to keep from teaching their students about technology. I do agree that some of their reasons are reasonable ones, like predators. With technology in schools though the pros definitely out weigh the cons. In order to give your students a upper hand you have to get them involved with technology.

  329. Mary:

    Bonsoir Dr. McLeod,

    I thought I’d be a little different with my “hello”. Anyway, I am an EDM 310 student at the University of South Alabama and I hope to someday be an elementary teacher. Your poem is interesting and very revealing. It shows the fear and anxiety of using the internet with children; yet it also shows the ignorance of adults who try to hide technology or who claim it is all evil. Obviously, technology has a dark side but it has a bright side too. I believe the bright side of technology outweighs the dark. Who could argue this when you have advances in medicine that cures and increases life spans, house hold items that improve everyday life, advanced communication devices that enable loved ones or businesses to have a conversation thousands of miles away, or even technologies that help a deaf or blind student understand and communicate with their fellow classmates and teacher. Thanks for your post.

    Sincerely,
    Mary
    My Blog

  330. Renee Thompson:

    Hello Dr McLeod
    I am a student in EDM310 at the University of South Alabama. I was a bit uneasy about your poem. I understand that there are some people who take the internet and social media to a “Dark” place, but there are some situations where the internet use can help the future generation be successful in learning new and exciting things. As far as not being able to trust the children on the internet. It’s hard to keep up with children right under our nose. What we have to do is educate them to be honest trustworthy people and we/they will be just fine. That’s just my personal opinion. :)

  331. Michelle Loupe:

    Hi Dr. McLeod, I attend the University of South Alabama where I am currently enrolled in Dr. Strange’s EDM 310 class. I liked what you put together here I think I understand where you are coming from. I know that one day when I have kids I want to protect them from everything possible and keep their innocence for as long as possible. I feel that using these technological tools though is a good thing for them. Yes, there will always be negative things out there, but we can’t use that as an excuse to hold them back. They will need to know how technology works and be up to date with as much as possible. I believe we can introduce these tools to them but set boundaries as well.

  332. Autumn Bowling:

    Dr. McLeod,
    My name is Autumn Bowling and I am in EDM310 at the University of South Alabama. Great blog post. I love it! When I was reading it first I thought you were being serious, but after reading it a few times I realized it was sarcasm. This a great argument many people not familiar with the internet have with technology being used in the classrooms. I agree with the last line “can’t wait to see who has a leg up in a decade or two.” Thank you for this post.

  333. Meredith Anderson:

    Hi, my name is Meredith and I’m a student in EDM310 at the University of South Alabama. Do I sense sarcasm? What a clever way to get your point across! I thought that you were completely serious at first, but then I reread it. It’s hard to believe that there are people who really feel that way. I know that my parents were not very keen on me getting my first cell phone, but they grew into it eventually. My teachers in high school never taught using technology. It was always worksheets and textbooks. I look back and wish that they would have utilized the computer more. I feel like there is a lot of information just floating out there that I need to see! Thank you for this amazing post!

  334. Cassie Giles:

    HI I am a student in edm310 at the University of South Alabama. Before taking this class I was one of these people. Guilty of saying some of these very statements you made. As a mother and an aspiring teacher I am glad my eyes have been open to this wonderful world of endless opportunity. I am glad that my own children and my future students will have the opportunity to live in a world with no boundaries. I think fear of what we don’t understand is what drives many to form these kinds of opinions. Sometimes what we have lack of knowledge and understanding about becomes taboo for us and we impose this on those around us.We should never stop being students to an ever changing world. You can check out the rest of my thoughts on this @ gilescassandraedm310.blogspot.com

  335. Kelly Ficarelli:

    Hi Dr. McLeod. I’m an EDM310 student at the University of South Alabama. Before beginning this class, I thought I was tech savvy and that I might just have the upper hand due to frequently using a computer. About two weeks in, I realized how wrong I was! I only know the bare minimum basics. I also realized how important this class is, and how important staying abreast of technology is, especially in classrooms. From a mother’s point of view, I realized that I am holding my child back! In the past, I only let her play games on my computer, because at 6 years old, I was afraid she might hit the wrong button and irreparably damage my computer. After viewing this blog post, children’s blog posts from around the world and podcasts from 1st grade classrooms, I understand now that my child (and future students) need to learn the basics at an early age so they can develop technologically. Fears such as online predators or porn can be dismissed by teaching your children to be safe online, teaching them to do the morally right thing when choices are presented and by spending quality time with them on the computer. Since starting this class, I have shown my daughter the work I have done, podcasts and blogs from other children and we have created a YouTube video together. I want her (and my students) to have a “leg up.” To accomplish this, it will take continuous learning and teaching on my part.

  336. Brooklyn Rowland:

    I am Brooklyn, and I’m in EDM 310 at the University of South Alabama. I love love love your use of sarcasm! Being a very sarcastic person myself, I found this very amusing. I know plenty of people who have said these very things before, my grandfather for one, but he now has a smartphone and a facebook account. People who feel this way and say these things are just scared of the technology and do not realize the benefits it has for children and adults alike. Thank you so much for this!

  337. Deena Martin:

    Mr. McLeod,

    I am a student in EDM310 at USA. I find your blog post very interesting. I agree with you on many aspects and believe it’s good for kids to explore. I also disagree with you about a few things. I believe that younger children do need to be sheltered to a degree from the activity on the internet. I, myself, have four children and would never let them on YouTube right now, because they are still in the early years of elementary school. To an older student though, the use of YouTube for educational purposes is very useful. The way you laid out the blog post, however, I believe is very impressionable!

  338. Ashley Haddock:

    Hello Dr. Mcleod,
    I am also a pre-service teacher studying at the University of South Alabama and currently enrolled in Dr. Strange’s EDM 310. I thoroughly enjoyed reading your blog and furthermore loved the satirical tone felt behind it. Without it I do not believe your message would have resonated among your audience in the same way. While I am an advocate for the use of technology in the classroom, I strongly believe this needs to be incorporated in moderation and not allow it to consume every aspect of teaching. The only problem is a lot of school administrators view the introduction of technology as a death sentence for any of the other traditional methods of instruction they hold on to so dearly.

  339. Erica Savage:

    Hello Dr. McLeod,
    I am a student in EDM 310 at the University of South Alabama. I enjoyed reading your blog post. You are absolutely right to assume that the students given all of the tools that you urge parents, teachers, and administrators to ban, will ultimately have the upper hand. As technology evolves, so must education. Students of this generation and the generations to come will be faced with a multitude of new technology. Prohibiting young students from becoming familiar with technology at an early age would undoubtedly be more dangerous than the many potential hazards of the internet.

  340. Jenna:

    Sure, I agree with some of your arguments in this post, but you jumble so many different aspects of the computer that it essentially makes your case invalid. Writing online, learning to search the web, and scan are helpful tools that, yes, children should not be sheltered from. However, I see no reason why a ten or fifteen year old child should be allowed to advertise their lives on a social networking site or be exposed to cyberbullying, sexting, and porn. However, I respect your decision to let your children do as such.

  341. Kimberly Lefferson:

    Hello Dr. McLeod,
    I am a student of EDM310 at the University of South Alabama. I like the format of your post. This post is saying a lot, but its true. There are dangers out there online, but also in life itself. I say yes to technology and I believe the students are more up to date on the latest technology more than most of their parents and some teachers. New advances in technology are growing for the future the students now need to know how to use it.

  342. Jessica Walker:

    Dr. McLeod,
    My name is Jessica Walker and I am a student at the University of South Alabama and am enrolled in Dr. Strange’s edm 310 class. It is interesting how you chose to get your point across. I have heard parents and teachers say some of these very things before. I feel like if a teacher or parent hears something negative about technology on the news they are quick to get defensive. We as future teachers need to educate parents on just how educational technology can be.

  343. Kathy Zoghby:

    Thank you Dr. McLeod for reminding us of how silly it really is for us to try and keep kids off of computers! It really is as silly as a turtle who wont stick his head out of his shell!

    Kathy Zoghby
    EDM310 USA student

  344. Bonnie Gaudet:

    Dr. McLeod,

    Like a vast majority of those who have commented before me, I am also a student in Dr. Strange’s EDM310 class at the University of South Alabama. For the most part, I am proud to attend USA, however after reading some of the comments left for your by my classmates it is almost a bit embarrassing. This being the case, I think it is all the more important to teach our kids exactly the types of things you are teaching, so that when they are in college they can actually comprehend intellectually stimulating articles, blog posts, etc.

    Sure, there are dangers out in “cyberspace,” but there are dangers in “real life” as well and we manage to teach children to avoid danger and survive just fine. What’s the difference?

  345. Sara Stewart:

    Dr. McLeod,

    I am in Dr. Strange’s EDM310 class at the University of South Alabama. I like the way you presented your point of view on this subject in your post. Parents must educate their children to be aware of the “dangers” in life and on-line. They do not need to be sheltered. I have three children and one is a teenager. I have given him the tools he needs to know to be safe on-line and in life. They will come across things that will challenge their decisions but that’s how they learn. I don’t think moving forward with educating children regarding technology is wrong because of the potential dangers that they may be exposed to. They can’t live inside a bubble can they? Even if they did, the dangers are still going to be there for someone else. The children need positive guidance.

  346. Hunter Hall:

    Hello Dr. McLeod,

    I am a student in Dr. Strange’s EDM310 class at the University of South Alabama. I enjoyed reading your post, I honestly love the way you approached the topic and situation. By using sarcasm and humor throughout your post I was able to look at the topic in many different ways. Although I had to read the post more than one time to fully grasp the message you were trying to convey I think I understand now. I also agree and feel that our youth should be involved in everything that technology has to offer. While doing so, I strongly feel that while exposing our children to these skills and tools we must also express the dangers and take safety precaution into account. Thank you for sharing your interesting post!

  347. Jason Jackson:

    Hello Dr. Mcleod,

    My name is Jason Jackson. I am a student of the University of South Alabama, and I am in Dr. Strange’s EDM310 course. I agree with you on the point of children that get experience with computers now will be ahead of those that do not. I liked the uniqueness of this blog, not using any sentences, it was nice to see something different.

  348. Kristen Phelps:

    Hi Dr. McLeod,
    I am a student in Dr. Strange’s EDM310 class at the University of South Alabama. I really liked this post and I have to say that honestly, I enjoyed your sarcasm. In my opinion, it was an excellent way to get your point across. I get so tired of hearing people who don’t understand technology bash it continuously. What do people not understand about the fact that technology can help kids explore and have experiences that otherwise they might never get to have? Of course, there are things on the Internet that children do not need to see but that is one negative to a hundred positives, just like with everything else in life. People are just afraid of the unknown and to a lot of people the “unknown” is the Internet. Thanks for sharing! I really enjoy reading your work!

  349. Brianne Woods:

    Hi Dr. McLeod,
    I am a student in Dr. Strange’s EDM310 class at the University of South Alabama. I found your blog post to be very interesting. Your sarcasm made the post even better. I agree with you, I think that children who allowed to use computers are going to be so far ahead of children who are not. I find it really annoying when parents say the reason they do not let their children use computers is because there is bad stuff on the internet. Parents do not realize how much they are hindering their child from learning by not letting them use computers. Technology is a wonderful thing, and it is important that our kids are up to date on it. So, I say yes to technology. Thanks for sharing your post! I really enjoyed reading it!

  350. Nikita Ladner:

    Hey Dr. Mcleod,
    Your post was fun to read. When I first started reading it I was wondering why a person whom didn’t like the internet was writing something on here but by the end I understood the sarcasm. I agree that the internet can be good and bad, as long as children are taught what to do and not to do it is okay. My son is only three and loves watching Thomas the train videos on youtube which tells me how fast children are learning now. I’m also going to monitor and teach him as he grows how to correctly use the internet. Thank you for sharing your ideas.

  351. Alyssa Jackson:

    Dr. McLeod,

    My name Alyssa Jackson, I am a student at EDM310 at the University of South Alabama. I enjoyed reading your post and along with several others I had to re-read it a few times to fully understand what was going on. This post has a very powerful message in it. Technology is starting to become very useful in a lot of different way,like in teaching. The internet is a good way to explore and learn new things. Thank you so much for the post.

  352. Vicki Nelson:

    Hello,

    My name is Vicki Nelson and I am currently enrolled in EDM 310 at the University of South Alabama. I think that your blog post is very interesting. I do understand your point of view that you are trying to make. I also believe that children should be technological literate. We should also teach our children to be safe on the internet just like in the “real world”. There are defiantly good things and bad things about technology. Thank you for your interesting blog post.

  353. Carrie Fairley:

    Hi! My name is Carrie Fairley and I am a student of EDM310 at the University of South Alabama. I completely agree with the message that you are trying to send. This brings me to my idea on the situation, since our world is growing so quickly with technology I think that just as we have to learn english, history, math, science, they should also teach web safety. It should be mandatory for students this day and age to be educated as well on the technology, but how to be safe with it at the same time. Thank you for a very interesting post!

  354. Adrienne Babb:

    Mr. McLeod,

    My name is Adrienne Babb and I am a student in Dr. Strange’s EDM310 class at the University of South Alabama. I thoroughly enjoyed this post because I am constantly having this conversation with my mom, I have a thirteen year old sister (who probably shouldn’t be trusted). Technology is scary and can be dangerous but it is also very beneficial and a major part of our lives. I think that if we educate our children on how to make responsible decisions and what to avoid on the internet, they will be better equipped to handle the world when they are on their own. In addition to teaching them what to avoid, it is equally important to teach them how to proficiently use modern technology.

  355. Faun Lyles:

    Hey Dr. McLeod, I am in EDM310 at the University of South Alabama. I agree and disagree with your post. I think the internet and technology are important learning tools that no child should be without. However, I do think that parents, and teachers should be extra careful and monitor what their children are being exposed to.

  356. Bethany Fillingim:

    Dr. McLeod,
    I am an EDM310 student at the University of South Alabama. I enjoyed reading your post, and I must say that I got a kick out of your sarcasm. I believe that it is very important that students learn to use the internet and technology because it becomes very beneficial in our lifetime. I must say though that parents and teachers should pay close attention and monitor the computers that the children are using. I feel it is extremely important that the children know exactly what they are doing when they are connected to the internet, and they aren’t connecting to things they shouldn’t be.

  357. Morgan Clark:

    Dr. McLeod, I’m a student at the University of South Alabama. I’m enrolled in Dr. Strange’s Edm 310 class. I really enjoyed reading your post. I completely agree with you about wanting to see who has the next leg up. I believe it’s the educators of now and in the future. Your post is sarcastic but in dept of what the real facts are. A lot of what people do can be considered a risk, even walking down the block. Technology doesn’t have to be used in such a harsh way. If taught by the educators correctly to the students, they will be able to understand the rights and wrongs of technology. Using technology in learning allows the children to broaden their aspect on all the new technology around them. Technology being a part of education can help better future opportunities. We should use it in a way that we don’t become dependent on it. There can always be glitches or technological problems.

  358. Amanda:

    Dr. Mcleod
    I am a student at the University of South Alabama in Dr. Strange’s EDM 310 class. I find your post both right and wrong. In most cases technology (web) is a good thing. However there are certain people that make it very dangerous. Many companies have developed new software that makes “surfing” safer for children. Also along with software if the teachers and parents are more aware of the websties there children are visiting and who they are communicating with then chances are they will be safe also. I do agree with your agrument about keeping pen and paper in the classroom. While technology is a great thing every person still needs to learn how to write and be not so dependant on computers to do the thinking for them.

  359. Jeni Stovall:

    Dr. McLeod,

    My name is Jeni Stovall and I am a student in Dr. Strange’s EDM310 class. I think you have an interesting way of getting people to see that we need to teach our kids from a young age the difference between appropriate and inappropriate behaviors on a computer. I also think that many people that have read this will now listen to it because they had never thought of it this way before. Great job, and I know that your kids are going to be the ones with a leg up, not only in a decade or two but right from the start.

  360. Audrey Carrio:

    Dr. McLeod,
    I am a student in Dr. Strange’s EDM 310 class at the University of South Alabama. I enjoyed reading your post, I am pretty sarcastic myself. I also agree with who will have the “leg up” later on in life. Technology is increasingly becoming more and more involved in our society. I believe we need to teach our children the latest and up to date information. If we don’t, how will they ever be able to compete with others who have had this knowledge? I know there are dangers, but there are dangers everywhere in life. Just like we protect our children in other situations we can protect them online.

  361. Mary LaCoste:

    Dr. McLeod,
    I am a student at the University of South Alabama taking EDM 310. Your post really made me think, and you definitely made your point come across in an unique way. I have to agree that as educators we do need to give our students the tools they need to succeed in this fast-paced, ever-changing technological world. However, we also need to teach them how to do this safely. I believe both can be done. That should be our focus. Thanks for your interesting post.

  362. Charlie Argo:

    Dr. Mcleod
    I am a student at the University of South Alabama in Dr. Strange’s EDM 310 class. When reading your post, I felt like you were against all of the new ways of teaching our students. Then at the end you made your point that you already are using technology and using it effectively. I agree with you that technology should be used within a classroom to benefit the students. I really enjoyed reading this post.

  363. Stephanie Tyler:

    Hey Dr. McLeod,I am a student in EDM 310 at the University of South Alabama and I like how you used sarcastic writing style to get your point across. When I fist began reading your post I thought you were serious about your negative views on technology in the classroom. I think there are great advantages to implementing technology in the classroom because it allows them to create, think, and connect to the world.

  364. Robin Hendricks:

    Dr. McLeod,
    My name is Robin Hendricks and I am an EDM310 student at the University of South Alabama. I love your post and the sarcasm that goes along with it. I believe that every generation, from the beginning of time has had something in it for parents to fear or reject because it is something that they are not used to, especially social changes. The only reason to fear technology is if you don’t understand it. I am a mother of a 5 year old son and I have made sure that he understands how to use a computer. I will set boundaries to protect him especially at his age, but I want him to fully understand it and embrace it. I want him to be interviewing for a job in 20 years with one of the kids that you mentioned in this post. The one whose parents refused technology. I want my son to be successful. Great post Dr. McLeod!

  365. Jeffrey Dorsey:

    Dr. McLeod
    I’m Jeffrey Dorsey a student in Dr. Strange EDM 310 class at the University of South Alabama. I think that your post makes some very good points, but it also has some bad ones. I think that the world is growing technically everyday and everyone needs to has some knowledge of technology. There are a lot of major factors as far as bad sites and predators out there, but all we can do is try to prepare the youth for that. Technology will soon take over the world and who ever isn’t up to date will be left behind.

  366. Owen Gill (@gill_owen):

    Dr. McLeod, I am a student in EDM 310 at the University of South Alabama. I really enjoyed your sarcastic take on how technology is “evil” and there is no use for it in education. The sad part about your blog is their is a fair amount of educators that still think like this. These “old school” mentalities are what is hurting the reputation of good teachers and administrators that actually do care and what to expose students to the great tools at their disposal. One of my biggest goals once I become an educator is to never stop learning. Technology is evolving daily and there has to be a concerted effort to maintain the knowledge necessary to help prepare students for the real world. That world is dependent on technology. Why can’t that philosophy be accepted by so many stubborn people?

  367. Jonathan Giles:

    Dr. McLeod, I’m a student at the University of South Alabama. I’m enrolled in Dr. Strange’s Edm 310 class. I love how original your post is. Whether you weren’t being serious or not (I don’t think you were) it came across as real. I have extended family around me that somewhat feels this way. Sure, we as teachers can teach kids how to use technology and what it should be used for, but as soon as no one’s around they are going to explore. You can only limit what a child sees or does for so long. Just make sure you’re honest with them about the dangers out there and be smart about what you tell them and what you shouldn’t tell them.

    From an educational standpoint, more technology needs to be in the classroom and we need to think of innovative ways to use more/relevant technologies in school.

  368. Meredith Fondren:

    Hi Dr. Mcleod I’m a student in Dr. Strange’s EDM 310 class. I found this post quite interesting.
    -Meredtih

  369. Bretta Wright:

    My name is Bretta Wright and I am a student in EDM 310 at the University of South Alabama. I somewhat agree with Mr. McLeod on his post. I believe that we should make it a main priority. I think that for some reason these days, there is too much put on social networks and computers. We, as a society forget that we need to monitor children and remember that they need to be watched over these networks. Children can get into a lot of trouble over then internet.

  370. Amanda Ellenburg:

    Hi Dr. McLeod
    My name is Amanda and I am a student in Dr. Strange’s EDM310 class this semester. You have a very interesting way of getting your point across. I definitely agree that people need to see that we need to teach our kids the difference between how, when, where and appropriate uses for technology. I know that your kids will have a leg up, because you are teaching them right.

  371. Maegan Torres:

    Dr. McLeod,

    I am a student in EDM310 at the University of South Alabama. I have to say that this post made me quietly chuckle, not just because of your sarcasm, but because it’s so true. It’s almost as if you are saying that parents do not understand the technology, so why should they allow their children access to it in order to learn? Not only that, but your last paragraph especially, makes it sound like the younger generations cannot be trusted to use technology wisely.

  372. Kayla Williams:

    Dr. Mcleod,

    I am Kayla Williams and I am an elementary education major at the University of South Alabama. I am currently enrolled in EDM 310. I thought your post was very humorous and it made the point of how naive and illogical some parents can be nowadays. Of course technology is not going to disappear and is only going to advance in the future, so it is important to expose the youth to technology so that they may gain knowledge that will be necessary in their future careers and lives.

  373. Courtney Wiiliams:

    Dr. McLeod I am a student at the University of South Alabama in the edm 310 class. I certainly agree with most of what your saying. The internet is dangerous and can be harmful to children. I think about my grandfather who never used a computer in school, but can do any math or any subject at that. But I also think my grandfather never needed a computer to do his job, or to communicate with anyone. I guess what I am saying is there are reasons to use the computer and reasons not too. I think it should be regulated and monitored at all times.

  374. Hillary Parmer:

    Dr. Mcleod,

    My name is Hillary Parmer and I am a student in EDM310 at the University of South Alabama. I really enjoyed this post! I especially loved your sarcastic tone. You are very right when you brought out the pros and cons of technology. It is growing so fast that we all need to adapt and learn how to use it efficiently.

  375. Holly Fore:

    Dr. McLeod,
    My name is Holly Fore and I am a student in EDM310 at the University of South Alabama. I think you are right about all of the technology only if you use it the wrong way. What about if you use it the right way? It is very helpful and useful then. There will always be people out there that misuse technology to look at bad stuff but, in general if used correctly it will be great.

  376. Zack Burroughs:

    Hey Dr. McLeod,
    I am a student in Dr Strange’s EDM310 class at the University of South Alabama. I am in full agreeance that technology is an absolutely essential part of today’s classroom. We, as teachers, need to integrate technology in as much as we can to get our students ready for what’s our there in the real world. Yes, it is also our job to make sure that they are using the technology for purely educational or inquiry purposes, but with a little monitoring and filtering that would be fairly easy.

  377. Kate Fail:

    Dr. Mcleod,
    I am a student in Dr. Strange’s Edm310 class at the University of South Alabama. I really enjoyed your post! Technology is apart of our world and our children need to know how to use it. Those who feel children shouldn’t use technology are only hurting the child. Sure there are dangers on the web, but there are dangers everywhere. Just as we teach our children not to talk to strangers or go off by themselves, we can also give them rules to keep them safe on the internet. There are pluses and minuses to the internet (as there are with anything) but the benefits of technology far outweigh the negatives. Thank you for your post!

  378. Patricia Radford:

    Hi, my name is Patricia Radford and I’m in EDM310 at the University of South Alabama. I enjoyed reading this blog and found it very informational. Many people don’t understand technology can be a great thing for kids if monitored properly. Also, they understand there is danger everywhere and just not on the internet. The best we can do is monitor our kids and also have a little faith in out kids.

  379. Courtney Holifield:

    Hi Dr. Mcleod,
    My name is Courtney Holifield. I am a student in Dr. Strange’s EDM310 class at the University of South Alabama. I enjoyed reading your post. I agree that technology is absolutely something that has to be incorporated within the classrooms right now. Yes, there are many things that aren’t appropriate out on the internet but teachers aren’t going to try and encourage children to search for anything not educational.

  380. Raven Castleberry:

    Dr. Mcleod, I am at the University of South Alabama. I’m enrolled in Dr. Strange’s Edm 310 class. I really enjoyed reading your post. When I began reading your post I disagreed about kids not using technology. As I continued I agreed with you. Your post is sarcastic but if you read between the lines you will see what the real facts are. Everything people do is a risk, just walking out your front door. Technology is not what most people think it is. If taught by the educators correctly to the students, they will be able to understand the rights and wrongs of technology. Technology being a part of education can help better future opportunities. We should use it in a way that we don’t become dependent on it.

  381. Justin:

    Dr. McLeod
    I am a student in EDM 310 and I am are here to bombard your comment section. I think our biggest concern with technology has nothing to do with porn or sexual predators. We should really be concerned with this simple fact: Robots are going to take over the human race. Think about that for a little while and let it soak in.

  382. Brittany Enright:

    Dr. McLeod,

    I am a student in Dr. Strange’s EDM 310 class at the University of South Alabama. I agree that it is necessary to teach our children how to use technology because technology is such a crucial part of our society. I recognize that there are dangers when using the internet, but if we teach our children how to be safe while using the internet then I do not see why we should ban our children from learning the tools that will get them ahead in life. I really enjoyed reading your post, for it made me laugh. Thank you for writing this post!

  383. David Armstrong:

    Dr. McLeod,

    I am a student in EDM 310 ath the university of South Alabama. I understand your post and agree that technology is important for kids to know how to use. But I also think that there are real threats out there that you kind of just laugh off in your post. We need to teach kids how to use these resources effectively. As important as technology is, the essential skills of reading, writing, math and other subjects are still far more important. Thanks for the post.

    David

  384. Frances Judd:

    Dear Dr. McLeod,
    I really enjoyed your post. I liked getting a feel for the way you viewed our society’s acceptance of technology through your extreme sarcasm. There is a post by Lee Hughes that I can derive some good points from. I agree with the fact that social networking and blogging should be shown to children in an educational light. Facebook and Twitter are primarily used as a way to decide what to do on your night out but given the proper informational tools, students will start to use them to connect with others to create projects with students across the world, compare cultures, share videos, etc. Hopefully given the efforts you are making, Dr. McLeod some of these skeptical members of our educational society will grow to see the many benefits of incorporating technology into the classroom and the danger being done by keeping the web out of their reach.

  385. Kathleen:

    Dr. McLeod,
    I am a student at the University of South Alabama learning more about technology. I enjoyed reading your post and I hope others will find it useful. Sadly, I was one of those people that believed technology was “evil” (I have seen too many Lifetime movies). I am now learning at all the great possibilities that technology can give our students though.

  386. Eric Manheim:

    Dear Dr. McLeod,

    I am a student at the University of South Alabama in Dr. Strange’s EDM310 Class. I want to admit that I was a bit annoyed with your post at first. It was so obscure and different that I had to read it a few times over just to get a true opinion. After three times through I realized that my comfort zone was being challenged and I had to think to decipher the true message. It was an outside the box approach and would love to know what inspired you to go about delivering your message this way.

  387. LaVenia Curtis:

    Hi Dr.Mcleod,
    I am a student at the University of South Alabama. I am enrolled in Dr. Strange’s EDM 310 class. I really enjoyed your post.It was very entertaining. I think that technology is taken the place of paper, pencils, and textbooks/books. Technology can also be beneficial to us. Everything that we do has risks but if we learn how to monitor and supervise children on the internet we can benefit a lot from using technology. Just because we have technology at our finger tips there is nothing wrong with still using paper and pencils

  388. Lindsey Dunnam:

    Dr. Mcleod,
    I am a student at the University of South Alabama. I am currently enrolled in Dr. Strange’s EDM 310 class. I liked how you used sarcasm in your post. I agree that children should learn how to use the internet from an early age. Technology is advancing to quickly for us not to teach our children/ students how to use it.

  389. Lindsey Gipson:

    Dr. Mcleod,
    My name is Lindsey Gipson and I am a student at the University of South Alabama, in Dr. Strange’s EDM 310 class.
    I enjoyed both your post and your creativity. I know that technology when used appropriately is an indispensable tool. We just have to teach our children how to use it safely. Unfortunately, there are predators out there searching for their next victim. As teachers and parents we have to be careful not to let this fear hinder our student’s learning.

  390. Greta:

    My name is Greta Miller, I am a student at the University of South Alabama. I am in Dr. Strange’s EDM 310 class. I enjoyed reading the pros and cons on technology. I think teachers need to teach students how to use computer effectively and safely.

  391. Kristie Mcnair:

    Dr. Mcleod,
    I am an EDM310 student at the University of South Alabama. I really enjoyed the sarcasm of your post. What a sad world we will live in, if parents and teachers hold students back from learning about something just because we don’t fully understand it. Those students who are allowed to embrace the technology available to them will definitely have the advantage.

  392. Katie Cumlander:

    Dr. Mcleod,

    For everything that is good there is a bad. For something that someone could tell you a reason to do something, there is always a person there who can tell why not to do something. I believe that your post has done a great deal in making people think. I believe at one point in my education career I felt the exact way as your post reads. I didn’t understand why children would go to school just to be thrown in front of screens when all they are going to do is go home and sit in front of a television. (And we wonder why our society is fighting obesity.) The reality of the internet is it is a tool. With tools a person can use them the right way or the wrong way. In all cases we should best keep our children safe. However, I don’t believe we should hinder kids from the world we are living in just to make them ignorant, unable to relate, and later in life resent not knowing things. It is always best to keep in our heads the knowledge of how things are today but, we don’t leave the basis of learning just to accommodate to the world of education we are in now which is mostly computer based. I enjoyed reading your comment and loved the last statement. I do believe your class will be prepared for the next decades to come and in their careers. I am a student at the University of South Alabama in EDM 310 and once again thank you for the read!

  393. Kathryn Finklea:

    Hello Dr. McLeod

    I am a student in Dr. Strange EDM310 class at the University of South Alabama. I found your poem to be very interesting. I had to reread it and look at the comments before I fully understood what you were saying. You stated many true statements. I think we should protect our kids from all the negative things the internet holds. Kids should be allowed to use the internet because it has more positive than negative effects.

  394. Jessica Sanders EDM310:

    Hello Dr. McLeod

    I am an EDM310 student at the University of South Alabama. When I was first reading your poem I was a bit confused, thinking why should we not teach our kids to read, write, or use technology, but after I read it again I realized what you were trying to say. Why keep our kids from learning these things just because there is a negative that usually follows? We should teach our kids to use these things responsibly

  395. Darrius Mooney:

    Hey Mr. McLeod,

    My name is Darrius Mooney and I’m an EDM310 student at the University of South Alabama. I agree with you wholeheartedly! This is the 21st Century where technology rule. Most parents and educators are stuck on the traditional way of life and teaching, which is okay. But nowadays without being well rounded in all things technological you are lost.

  396. KaShondra Rudolph:

    Hello, my name is KaShondra Rudolph. I am an EDM310 student from the University of South Alabama. I really enjoyed your blog post. Your post made a very great point in a sarcastic way. I have realized that there is both good and bad in everything we do and use in the world today. Technology especially, can have its pros and cons, but it is up to us as educators to help make the best of technology for our students. No a days, technology is one of those things that students must be introduced to. The future jobs of students today will all be technology based.

  397. Brandy:

    Hi my name is Brandy I am a student in edm310 at the University of South Alabama. I believe in some of things you said should not be taught or used. For one this young kids do not need cell phones. If they need to talk use the house phone or go visit. And I agree that tings like twitter is for to self absorbed to be used in a class room. I a teacher must use blogs they need to make sure the software used to protect the students is good. I have a deep fear of letting younger children have blogs because you don’t know if the other person is an online predator or not. I am glad someone shares my view.

  398. Ann Crosser:

    Dr. McLeod, This is a very interesting and provocative take on the subject of technology especially from the classroom teacher’s perspective. I’ve just finished an online course entitled Communicate and Collaborate Online. Even though this course was specifically designed for classroom teachers who develop a final project using Web 2.0 technologies to engage and encourage students to communicate and collaborate online I came at it from the perspective of being a teacher of teachers. So, teachers are my students. These are mostly mid-career changers coming into the teaching profession who are very familiar with technology on a business and personal level and possess these 21st century skills that we see as so important for student’s to learn in order to do well in college and careers later in life. However, these teachers may not be as familiar with using these Web 2.0 technologies in the classroom setting and often run up against roadblocks from colleagues, parents and administrators when trying to incorporate these technologies into their teaching. We often say about our teachers that they just don’t know what they don’t know. Well, neither did I. It’s real work to develop a meaningful and purposeful online course or component within a course. It takes hours of planning getting it ready to go so that students know it’s rigorous and not just busy work. Incorporating these technologies in this online component certainly opened my eyes to the obvious shift in power toward the students. It helped to facilitate giving students opportunities to practice mastering the material at their own pace. I could clearly see where the technologies supported the activities. Also, the students appreciated a structured, logical flow to their course. They liked learning how to organize assignments and activities in order to minimize confusion. Here the technologies supported how to organize and communicate course materials and expectations. It really allowed me to think of teaching as facilitating learning. Teaching with technology helped me to create learning experiences that complement each other whether the assignment was online or meeting in a face-to-face environment. It really drove the point home to me that student-centered teaching means creating assignments that allow students to practice building connections with the material, and evaluate their learning. The technologies helped students take ownership of their learning. 
It changed my mind completely about the rigor and relevance of online courses or online components within a course. I’m a true believer now in the importance of developing 21st century skills in teachers and students alike.

  399. Cassie Skidmore:

    Hi Dr. McLeod,
    I am a student at the University of South Alabama in Dr. Strange’s EDM310 class. I am a mother of three. I have two daughters, nineteen and six. I also have a three year old son. I am going to admit, I am guilty of saying the exact words, “there’s bad stuff out there… gotta keep your children safe”. As a parent, I do want to keep my children safe, but I know I can’t locked them up in a cage (even thought I would like to, sometimes). I want to encourage, and enhance their knowledge as much as I can. I want the best for my children and to help them excel, so they can be successful in life. So they too can have a “leg up”. So, under proper supervision and direction, I have allowed my children to use the computers, social media, cell phones, etc. I am involved and aware of what they are using and what they are doing. I have talked to them and made them aware of certain risks. My oldest daughter, of course, is a more aware than my younger children. My youngest two children do not access the computer by themselves. My husband and I are usually helping them, although it will not be long because they catch on quick.
    “really
    ’cause I’m doing all of it with my kids”
    You are doing all of it with your kids. “With” is what makes the difference. This is just not my opinion. Research studies and statics support this. Yes, there is “bad stuff” and “bad people” out there, but there is a lot of “good” stuff too. If parents and teachers are educated on how to use all these things, as educational learning tools, they might not seem so scary.

  400. Donte Todd:

    Hi Dr. McLeod, my name is Donte’ Todd and I am currently enrolled in Dr. Strange’s EDM 310 class at University of South Alabama. I was very impressed with the way you used sarcasm as an attempt to reach some of your close minded viewers. I completely agree with your thoughts about technology.I believe as we progress more and more towards a technologically dependent generation, we are going to face more problems.However, we can not prevent everything from happening, but attempting to completely shut technology out of our children’s life is not the answer. When parents do this, they leave their children unprepared for the future. Scott McLeod is the co-creator of “Did you know” video.

  401. Sarah Clever:

    Hello. My name is Sarah Clever and I am a student in EDM 310 at the University of South Alabama. This is a very interesting and creative approach to convince the world that teaching through technology is neccessary. It is true because technology IS the future and the students who know more about it WILL be a step above others. Even though technology can be confusing to people who are learning, knowing how to collaborate and teach through it will pay off in the long run. In order for us as students to become excellent teachers in the future, classes such as EDM 310 are crucial because we MUST be able to prepare our students for the future as well as ourselves. Thanks for sharing.

  402. Audrey Mitchell:

    Dear Dr. McLeod,

    My name is Audrey Mitchell. I am enrolled in Dr.Strange’s EDM310 course at the University of South Alabama. I completely agree with you wanting to see who has the next leg up. Everything that people do in today’s world is risky.This can even just be going to the coffee shop. Though this does not mean that people should have zero involvement with the outside world. If students are properly taught by their educators then they should be able to use the internet and any kind of social network to help them better educate themselves. I loved your sarcasm in your post. It grabbed my attention and actually ticked me off a little while I was believing every word that you were saying. It all sounded off the wall ridiculous but all at the same time extremely true. I am a huge believer in using what we have available to best educate our students for the future.

  403. Melissa Mark - EDM310:

    I bet that your kids will have an advantage later in life. Technology was not made to hurt children or corrupt them, it was made to make things easier for mankind. Parents have to watch what their children do online as well as teacher. Cell phones, facebook, etc. are sometimes more harmful than good because they are consuming a lot of peoples’ time, but they are also helpful. For example, when parents want to know where their kids are, they just pick up the phone and call them. Facebook is a social network that parents can monitor, anything online can be monitored and excluded from kids view like porn. Not everyone has time to keep an eye on their kids or knows how to use parental control systems on their computer, but parents can still have someone else watch their kids. Lets say that your child has a friend and their friend has a social network personal page as well as your child. The friends parents can easily look at their child’s friends and see your child and what they do on the social network. There is ways around being a busy parent and not knowing a computer system, but it is recommended that parents get on the ball and learn what their children are doing.

    Another note is that students need to know computers and cell phones and such because it is the new technology and will produce jobs in the future. If children know how to use technology that came out last week, they can figure out in the future what technologies could benefit mankind and more.

  404. Allison Cullars:

    My name is Allison Cullars and I am in Edm 310 at the University of South Alabama. I think your post is interesting and I agree will you on some parts. I believe that technology can sometimes be dangerous. Although, we need to prepare students and children for the future opportunities. We do not need to shelter the children, but we do need to protect them. Some sites help the children become well rounded. We need to teach our children from a young age the difference between appropriate and inappropriate behaviors on a computer. We should use technology in a way that we don’t become dependent on it. Also, I agree that paper and pencil should not entirely be thrown away. These materials help our students with their handwriting abilities. Technology is not all bad.

  405. Kaitlin Boatman:

    Dr. McLeod, I am Kaitlin Boatman a student in EDM 310 at the University of South Alabama. I completely agree with what you are saying in this post. Technology has its pros and cons, but as educators we need to teach students that technology can be used for a good purpose. I enjoyed reading this.

  406. Kaitlin Boatman:

    Dr. McLeod, I am Kaitlin Boatman a student in EDM 310 at the University of South Alabama. I completely agree with what you have posted about. I believe that there are pros and cons to all technology and as educators we should teach students about the positive uses of technology. I enjoyed reading your opinion on these issues.

  407. Susie Salter:

    Hey Dr. Mcleod,
    My name is Susie Salter, and I am a student in EDM 310 at the University of South Alabama. I just got done doing a blog post on this poem of yours. I really think you made a great statement here. Yes, there are dangers involved in the internet, but it is still a useful resource.
    Looking forward to reading more of your posts,
    Susie Salter

  408. Daniel Coker:

    Hi Dr. Mcleod! I’m a student in EDM310 at the University of South Alabama. I really like how you satirize the attitude against technology nowadays. Since I sort of grew up with the internet, I’ve watched how skepticism has blossomed, then withered over time. Nowadays, ‘old-school’ proponents of the parent (and sometimes teacher) population hold fast to the idea that the internet holds no merit in the learning of the modern student. Some truly believe that the internet is the “Wild West” of today, and that children shouldn’t be left to explore that ‘dangerous’ place for fear that their children will be ‘warped’ by it. Some just haven’t even taken the time to look at all the resources available to students now. The fact of the matter is, there’s SO MUCH available to students that it would be a waste to not let them utilize it, and trusting them to utilize the internet in a wholesome way – under moderation – could also have character-building merits. Learning is truly at our fingertips. Not embracing this technology would be like holding water in front of a thirsty man’s face, and not letting him drink. I look forward to utilizing the internet and all it has to offer when I become a teacher – my students and I will be much better for it.

    Daniel Coker
    EDM310, University of South Alabama
    My Blog

  409. Keeley Bryan:

    Hello Dr. McLeod, my name is Keeley Bryan and I am another student from the University of South Alabama taking EDM310. I did enjoy your post, and I really appreciate your stand point about incorporating technology centered curriculum in the 21 century. Anyone who is up to date in today’s society knows that technology is the future, and to deprive a child of an education that will prepare them for the future is nearly criminal. I do personally feel that children should be monitored while using the internet, and a child’s internet access should be restricted to a healthy extent. I feel that cell phones should be restricted until a certain age, and in schools there should be a zero tolerance for cell phones which helps eliminate distractions. I feel that schools should offer technology centered classes, and educators should determine how much technology to incorporate in their classrooms. Technology can be beneficial and must be incorporated in the classroom, but technology should be limited to a healthy extent. What ever will benefit a student the most must be provided.

    sincerely,
    Keeley Bryan

  410. Angie Morris:

    Dr. McLeod,

    I am a student in EDM310 at the University of South Alabama. I am a former teacher who has been a stay-at-home mom for the last 13 years. I have 3 children who are all in school now, and I can honestly say that very little has changed in the classroom setting since I left the teaching field. I think Smart Boards are the only difference, and I don’t believe these are being used to their maximum benefit. I must confess that prior to taking this edm class, I was one of those people who feared this new world of technology. I do believe there are potential dangers. We have all heard the stories. However, I am awakening to the realization that our students’ needs for tech knowledge and skills far outweigh the risks. Thanks for your satirical, thought-provoking post.

  411. Natasha Sprinkle:

    Mr. McLeod,
    I am loving the sarcasm in this blog post! You are absolutely right! Although some things on the internet, etc… may be dangerous, we have to teach our children to stay away from those types of situations. They must learn to use technology today in order to succeed in using technology in the future.

  412. Miranda Bounds:

    Dr. McLeod,

    I am a student at the University of South Alabama and I am in Dr. Strange’s EDM310 class. I must admit that I had to read your post twice because I was caught off guard by the different structure of your post. I am a mother of two boys, one of which is of school age, I find myself to be well-aware of the fact that technology is a major part of their lives. We embrace it in our house. I will say that I do filter what sites my 7 year old can view on his computer, and I purchase educational and other creative apps for him to play on his iPod. My son is comfortable with technology and so am I. I do not think that I will forever, be able to filter every single site that he visits, but as a parent and as an educator it is my job to be a good influence on him to make better choices in all areas of his life.

    As an educator, you can bet your bottom dollar that I will continue to educate myself on the latest technologies available. It is our job to teach our students how to use technology effectively, safely and wisely.

  413. Erika Conn:

    Dr. McLeod,
    I am a student in EDM 310 at the University of South Alabama. I thought this was brilliant. Parents and educators these days are so paranoid about the crazy things on the internet that they don’t realize that you can really benefit from the internet and technology. I know growing up my mom and dad were worried about how much my sister and I used the computer, but we were taught what’s right and what’s wrong. In this day and age, I think it’s a necessity to use technology and the internet. My future students will also have a “leg up” when it comes to technology.

  414. Jessica Scarpa:

    Hi Dr.Mcleod!
    My name is Jessica Scarpa and I am a student at the University of South Alabama in EDM310. I thought your blog was interesting. I think you made a good point in it, and I know it got me thinking. There is always bad stuff out there, but technology is too beneficial to not use. It is a person’s choice to use it for good or bad!
    Thank you for this post!
    Jessica Scarpa

  415. Ashlea Leytham:

    Dr. McLeod,
    My name is Ashlea and I am a student in EDM310 at the University of South Alabama. When I was reading your post, I was confused as to why you would be against children learning, creating, sharing, and thinking. Isn’t that exactly what we want our students to be doing? Then when I got to the end of the post I understood more clearly your outlook on the situation. We should be hesitant of our students being do dependent on the computer but at the same time we should be teaching them how to use it to further their education as well as how to take safe precautions when it comes to the dangers of the internet. This really was a great post. It made me really think about how I want to approach teaching when it comes to technology.

  416. Katrina Williams:

    Hi Dr. McLeod, I am a student in EDM31O at the University of South Alabama as well. I felt that this entry was very intriguing. From the sarcasm to the writing form of the post. I fully agree with you that if we don’t allow our children to use technology(internet) then they will be just as lost as the person forcing the non-usage. This post has been here since 2009 and technology has thus changed. Growth comes with a lot of things and technology has something to do with it. So much is offered through internet, some good and some bad, but everything comes with a choice. Parents today should be focused on helping there children make better choices, then they will know in there right mind what is resourceful to them through the internet.

  417. Zachary Taylor:

    For your third paragraph about how kids should not use the web for learning at all, I cannot totally agree with that. If a student is in a class room with a teacher walking around making sure they are looking at what they should be looking at, then yeah, I think it is alright for any kid to use the web for learning purposes. Although I do agree with how you said pen and paper are not going anywhere. I see how you question, “Why do kids need an audience?”. I think there are both good and bad reasons why this is. A good reason is so the student can see others ideas about what he/she writes, and maybe could learn a different way at looking at whatever it is they are working on. A bad thing is that some people can be too harsh and students may take it as an insult. I understand how you say we should keep the children safe by blocking every social contact for the internet, but I think there can still be some links open to where students can communicate with students. I mean, if there is no social connection within the internet at all, then what would be the point of the internet? I completely agree with your input on how students use internet to cheat. Honestly, I think it happens around the world and it can and will be very hard to stop it, unfortunately. You said that you do not want students thinking and leaning. What do you want students doing then? In your last part, you said “cause I’m doing all of it with my kids”. I hope that is not the case because you did mention some bad things to do with students!

  418. Frederic Robinson:

    Hi Dr.McLeod,

    My name is Fredric Robinson, I am a student that attends the University of South Alabama, my class is EDM310 and my teacher is Dr. Strange. I recently read your post, “Don’t teach your kids this stuff. Please?” This was a very different style of writing, but effective. When I began to read, I was a bit confused but I was still interested to see how it would end.

    You addressed a lot of the concerns and thoughts that many opposers would have against your methods of teaching. One of the best ways to silence critics is to prove them wrong, and that is what you are doing. I honestly worry about children being taken advantage of by internet predators, porn, and etc. But I’ve learned that with the proper guidance and teaching, it’s very doable.

    Thanks for this very impelling post and keep up the good work.

  419. Cyndi Ford:

    Hi Dr. McLeod,

    My name is Cyndi Ford and I am a student in Dr. Strange’s EDM310 class at the University of South Alabama. First, I have heard these comments from people many times about how bad the internet is how we should protect our children from it. Second I have said some of these comments my to my children. After attending college for couple of years, my opinions have changed about technology. I truly believe that while we have the opportunity we should teach as much as possible to our children about technology. By making our children familiar with technology, they stand a better chance of getting a job and connecting with the world in their future.

  420. Mckinley Kennedy:

    Dr. McLeod,
    Hi, my name is Mckinley Kennedy. I am a student in Dr. Strange’s EDM 310 class at the University of South Alabama. I really enjoyed reading your blog. It put a lot of perspective on how some technology can be bad. There are kids now a days that are starting young and getting cell phones and having facebook. I feel as though that gets them in trouble. They don’t need cell phones. However, I believe that there can be some good things dealing with technology, like in the classrooms. I like the fact that teachers let the students use blogs and do podcast. It gets them connected with a whole other world. That is much safer. Again, I loved the way you worded this whole blog. I look forward to reading more of your blogs. Thanks.

  421. LaWana Threatt:

    Dr.McLeod
    I’m a student at the University of South Alabama. I’m enrolled in Dr. Strange’s Edm 310 class. I really enjoyed reading your post.Your post got me thinking on the future education for children through technology. Your post is sarcastic but in depth of what the real facts are.If taught by the educators correctly to the students, they will be able to understand the rights and wrongs of technology.A lot of what people do can be considered a risk, even walking down the block.Technology being a part of education can help better future opportunities.In most cases technology is a good thing,but in some cases, there are certain people that make it very dangerous.any companies have developed new software that makes the internet safer for children.along with software if the teachers and parents are more aware of the websties there children are visiting and who they are communicating with then chances are they will be safe also. I totally agree with keeping paper and pencil in the classrooms as well because I love the traditional way as well as the technology way.

  422. Ashley Phillips:

    Dr. McLeod
    My name is Ashley Phillips and I am a student in EDM310 at the University of South Alabama.
    This was an interesting post to me. As reading it, I began to take a different approach. I always knew as a teacher that I wanted to incorporate technology and creativity. I have never really sat back and thought about the negative aspects of the web and the dangers of using it. Now I know as a teacher, I have to not only teach the children how to use the resources appropriately, but also teach them the dangers. Incorporating the basics, pen and paper, will always be valuable; but as the world is changing to a technological advance society, we should be able to keep up with it. The students should know and understand the value of both the “old” way and the “new” way of handling assignments. Also good point about the future! I am excited to see how far the educational process has evolved.

  423. Linda Garscha:

    Hello Dr. McLeod,
    My name is Linda Garscha and I am a student at the University of South Alabama in EDM 310. This was an very interesting blog. I do have to agree with you that technology has it dangers, however technology attributes out weighs the dangers. Active parents can help with protecting their children and also contribute in helping their children to use technology properly. This is one of the reasons I liked that parents are on top of your list.

  424. Terri Wagner (@jediteko):

    Hi Scott. I am a student in Dr. Strange’s EDM310 class at the University of South Alabama. I like sardonic humor so I appreciate the style of your poem. My only question for you is how do you protect the children from the dangers of the web. And I know that you know that are dangers. So how can we make sure our children get the best the web has to offer without compromising their safety? I think it is a legitimate concern and should be addressed. Dr. Strange does warn us that what we put on the web will be like a “forever” file. How can you safeguard children’s innocent postings from coming back to bite them later? I recently read where a young man received surgical enhancement to correct a bad facial scar to help against bullying. His parents even moved to help him start in a new school, but guess what, yep, the old photos on the web followed him. The bullying has not stopped. So how do we get the best of both worlds?

  425. Abigail Cooke:

    Dr. McLeod
    I am a student at the University of South Alabama majoring in Secondary Education and I am currently enrolled in Dr. Strange’s EDM310 class. Dr. Strange has opened my eyes to technology. He has revealed to us resources that are available to students that I had never thought of using or had never heard of. When I began reading this post I was thoroughly confused, but I picked up on the mocking tone toward the end. I believe that the Internet can be a “corrupt” source for children to use. There are numerous websites that contain unreliable sources or gateways to immoral people or pictures. Having said this, with the correct training and monitoring, children have everything they need right at their fingertips. With online dictionaries, encyclopedias, and other reference books, children no longer have to sit in a library for hours researching a topic like I did when I was in high school. I definitely agree that children who are exposed to technology and the Internet during elementary, middle, and high school are more prepared for their future in the work force or for college. They will absolutely have “a leg up in a decade”. I enjoyed this post!

  426. Evan Bailey:

    Dr. McLeod,
    My name is Evan Bailey, and I am a student in Dr. strange is EDM 310 class at the University of South Alabama. You are absolutely right about computer skills being right up there with reading and writing. Your style of sarcasm within the message, was right up my alley, and really touched my sense of humor. I know many people who are afraid of what technology may bring into their homes. The fact is, humans inevitably resist change. I read that in a sociality book. Another thing is, our young people view the world differently than we did at their age. While technology may not have a satisfactory home in our school systems, a percentage of our young people use mass amounts of technology in their day to day lives. In my opinion, it will be my job as a teacher to try and keep up with contemporary technology. I have no illusions about whether or not I can keep up with technology at its current pace. I know all I can do is to try and keep up well enough to facilitate learning. How do you feel about the pace of technology, specifically communications technology in general?

  427. Erica Roush:

    Of course children today are wise to how to manipulate technology, they have been exposed to it since birth. It is human nature to be more interested in the forbidden, take Adam and Eve for example, so it is our job as educators to give them the knowledge and experience for better ways of employing their skills. That is why we need to be successful in showing practical uses in the “real world”, considering a majority of their jobs haven’t been developed yet, if we want them to succeed.

  428. Brooke Ladnier (@brookeladnier23):

    Dr. McLeod,
    I am a student in EDM310 at The University of South Alabama. This was a very intriguing post. I agree with most of what you have said. I love how you were very sarcastic in your post. It made it very interesting. I do believe that pen and paper should still be used. I don’t think that we should totally remove this from schools, but I also believe that technology use should be prevalent in our schools today. The internet can be used in a negative way, but this can be prevented by teachers and parents being thoroughly involved in what their students and children are using the web for.

  429. Katie Penton:

    Dr. McLeod

    My name is Katie Penton and I am an EDM 310 student at the University of South Alabama. When I first started reading your post I was thinking, “why is he so against kids using technology?” I read it twice then caught onto your point. It made me laugh that you made that type of approach to what you wanted to say. I agree, that kids using the internet can be dangerous at times. If we teach children how to use technology safely,correctly, and educationaly then there wouldn’t be as many safety problems! I enjoyed reading your post.

  430. Jessica Bonner:

    Dr. McLeod,
    I am a student in the EDM310 class at the University of South Alabama. While I understand your position, I don’t completely agree with your method of communicating it. Yes, the world of education needs a serious update technologically speaking. However, I don’t think that sarcasm is a device we need to use to highlight that fact. I have found that sarcasm usually “turns people off” to the true message. They focus more on the tone than the content. Presentation is always important in communication. Perhaps there is a better way to communicate the lack of technology in our classrooms.

  431. April Crum:

    Dr. McLeod,

    I am a student at the University of South Alabama and I am enrolled in Dr. Strange’s EDM 310 class. Thank you for sharing this blog with us. I agree, technology has some ugly and dangerous temptations. As the years go on, more doors open in the cyber world. However, there are ways to prevent our children from coming into contact with it. It’s time to crank up the privacy settings! As far as cellphones go, my child can go without until they’re at the driving age. Cellphones act as a distraction and bullying tool. Again, thank you for sharing. It really opened my eyes to all the evil in this technologically advanced world.

    April Crum

  432. Ashton Counselman:

    Dr. Mcleod, my name is Ashton Counselman and I am a student at the University of South Alabama in Dr. Strange’s EDM 310 class. I STRONGLY agree with your post up until you said “I dont want them creating, sharing, thinking, learning”. Technology has come so far over the years and is so advanced that, in my opinion, has become a “less is more” situation. With all of the creeps, child molestors, and bullies out there in this world, you are right, it’s hard to trust ANY site. However, with certain precautions, blocked websites, and adult supervision, technology can be an AMAZING tool for learning and is only improving by the second.

  433. Jessica LaForce:

    Hi, I’m Jessica LaForce and I am also a student in EDM 310 at the University of South Alabama. I’ve visited your blog before and have found it interesting. When I started reading this post I was a little confused at first, because I have read other posts of yours. This post did not go with the other things you have said before. Then I finished reading it, and I understood. Great way to get your point across!

  434. Cedric Lett:

    Dr.McLeod

    My name is Cedric Lett a student in EDM310 at the University of South Alabama. When I started reading your post I was thinking, why did Dr.Strange ask us to read this post it goes against everything we have been taught so far, but when I finished reading, I understood why. The great use of sarcasm will get any readers attention. I think if you monitor what your children are doing on the internet it can be safe and a great tool to use.

  435. Angela Smith:

    Mr. McLeod,
    I am an EDM 310 student at the University of South Alabama, and I really enjoyed your post. I completely agree with you on how the incorrect way of using technology is not appropriate for younger children. Having a Facebook, Twitter and any other type of social networking should not be allowed for a young child, including cellular phones. The internet is such a great tool for any student to use, but it is sad to say that younger children have to be monitored while on the internet due to such explicit images. It is not fair to the children for their aid in education to be limited; that is why it is up to us, future educators to make sure younger children are being taught correctly on how to use today’s technology.

  436. Kristen Cobbs:

    Dr. McLeod,
    My name is Kristen Cobbs and I am a students in Dr. Stange’s EDM 310 class at the University of South Alabama. I like that you used all of the misconceptions about the internet in a reverse psychology way. I know many parents and teachers do have fears about teaching children about technology, but whether they like it or not, the world is moving in that direction. If we do not teach children about technology now, when they become adults they will not be prepared for the real world.

  437. Terrell Still:

    Hello my name is Terrell and I am a student in Dr. Strange’s Edm310 class at South Alabama. I enjoyed your post and agree with parts of it. Since you’re a father, I totally understand why you want to block your children from the trash on the web nowadays. However, many of these programs can be used to their advantage if you teach them how to properly use them. I really can’t relate because I have no children, but in today’s society they will be exposed to far more than we were at their age. Monitering the web activity of your children may also help.

  438. Ms. Hangen:

    At first I was confused by the article, but I realized that it was a witty commentary about the fears of using technology in the classroom. I must say that being technologically savvy should give you a leg up in the job force, but it is important to educate students in all areas. I really appreciate the benefits of technology, but I have also experienced the disastrous outcomes when students use the technology for the wrong reasons.

  439. Constance Dixon:

    Dr. McLeod,
    I truly did enjoy your post based on the use of technology by students. I am in Dr. Strange’s EDM310 class this semester and he has really opened up my eyes to the uses of technology in the classroom. I found your sarcasm approach interesting. Most would not have been as bold to use this approach. The only thing that I wish you had touched on more was in the end where you were expressing that you were one of those educators that was teaching students the use of technology; that you would have made a statement that you were teaching them the differences in right and wrong uses of it with your mention of, “hooking up and pornography”. Overall it was a very good and eye opening post.

  440. Jasmine Stevens:

    Hi my name is Jasmine Stevens. I am a student at the University of South Alabama and in EDM 310. In the beginning of your blog post I was honestly confused! In the end I laughed at your sarcasm. Both teachers and parents need to look past the negatives about technology and how much students can actually benifit from it. We need to learn how to balance out technology with our traditional classrooms, I realized this after reading your post. Thanks!

  441. Ashley Modozie:

    Hello!

    My name is Ashley Modozie. I am currently enrolled in EDM 310 at the University of South Alabama. I completely agree with these comments! Yes, there are bad things on the internet but I feel that we should not let that hinder our advancement in technological aspects. One cannot live their life in fear forever! However, we have to become aware of the risks and do our best to motivate students to avoid them.

  442. Ariel Robinson:

    I am a student in EDM 310 at the University of South Alabama. I really enjoyed your post, especially how you were able to state the information. It made it very interesting. I agree that students need to be exposed to technology, and if they aren’t, they are going to suffer in their future careers.

  443. Jeanette Kelley:

    Hello I’m a student in EDM310 at the University of South Alabama. I was blown by your blog post. I feel that most kids these days do not need the internet or the high technology because it doing all the learning for them. But how do you get them to not use technology when they are already familiar with. The younger generation is more advance on technology then the parents. But as teachers and parents we need to become aware what our children/students do on the internet and what they post on the internet. Its out jobs to protect out students and children.

  444. Rodney Patrick:

    Dr. McLeod
    My name is Rodney Patrick. I am a student in EDM 310 at the University of South Alabama. I really enjoyed reading this post. I thought that your use of sarcasm to emphasize a point was very interesting. Technology is not going anywhere anytime soon. Yes, it is true that there are risks when it comes to technology, but there are risks in everything we do. Saying that, instead of trying to block kids from getting to technology we should embrace it and use it to help motivate them to learn.

  445. Michelle Nix:

    Dr.McLeod,
    My name is Michelle Nix and I am a student in EDM 310 at the University of South Alabama. I loved the way you presented your blog post! As a student of EDM 310 it was shocking to begin reading a post of someone who is against technology in a child’s life. However, I realized it was a sarcastic article. That made it even better! I agree that technology should not be removed completely from a child’s learning just because of a fear of some things. There are too many ways available for parents to monitor their child. Thanks for this awesome post and your time!

  446. Hunter Bramlett:

    Dr. McLeod,
    My name is Hunter Bramlett. I am a student in Dr. Strange’s EDM 310 class at the University of South Alabama. I really enjoyed reading your post. At first I thought you were against technology and was trying to advise teachers to return to the “traditional” style teaching, but once I picked up on how you were using sarcasm to get the readers to think harder about what you were saying I really became interested. I believe my favorite part of your article is your statement, “can’t wait to see who has the leg up in a decade or two.” I like this quote because it you give it an almost hidden meaning following up your sarcastic comment about “sheltering” your kids from technology and learning. It is true that the internet does have some bad things on it, but that does not mean we should completely exclude it.

  447. Kaylan Shepherd:

    Dr. McLeod,
    I am also a student the University of South Alabama in EDM 310. I loved the sarcasium in your post. I agree to an extent that technology should be kept out of schools until a certain age. I am mostly talking about personal devices. I think that it is great to teach children at such a young age about technology. However, lets not forget the classic pen and paper. Look forward to reading more of your posts.

  448. Chanel Ellison:

    Hello Dr. McLeod, I am a student in EDM 310 at the University of South Alabama. I thought your post was very informative about what you want to happen with kids and the internet.I agree with you about not exposing children to the internet because of all the unsafe features that are out there. But since technology isn’t going away anytime soon, future educators should teach their students what is right and wrong on the internet and ways to protect themselves.

  449. Sarah Webb:

    Dr. McLeod,

    My name is Sarah Webb and I am a EDM 310 student at the University of SOuth Alabama. I think the children today need the internet to be able to succeed in future careers. I know teachers now are having a hard time learning the technology schools are using now due to their lack of knowledge with technology. I do think children need to be supervised and taught the right way to use the internet. Parents and teachers need to realize that technology is only going to improve so they might as well learn how to use it properly, and then teach their kids how to use technology properly.

  450. Emilie:

    Hi there Dr. McLeod.
    I am a student in Dr. Strange’s EDM310 class at the University of South Alabama.
    Your post is definitely very informative and the information you stated is quite true but I do not believe everyone is aware of. I like how you made your post a sarcastic poem to get your point across. It is a horrible thing that such technology tools and social networking tools are getting a bad reputation because users use them in a negative way. I know school administrators and parents are scared to allow their students and children to use internet tools and networks because of the negatives, but I feel we must embrace these tools in a positive way. I look forward to using the tools in my future classroom!
    Thanks for the great post.
    Emilie

  451. Laura Ellenburg:

    Dr. McLeod,

    I am a student in EDM 310 at the University of South Alabama. I enjoyed reading your satire about the use of technology in the classroom. While technology can be dangerous, the benefits clearly outweigh the risks. Students should be taught at home and at school about the risks and dangers of technology, but they should also be shown how technology can benefit their lives. It is very important that children are taught the new ways of communicating in our fast-paced world, so they will be successful once they are in the “real” world. Thank you so much for sharing your ideas!

    Sincerely,
    Laura Ellenburg

  452. Corey Waldon:

    Hey DR. Mcleod, I am a student in Dr. Strange’s EM310 class at the University of South Alabama.
    I think You make a good case on who is going to have the upper hand in the future; The kids who parents don’t let them use technology or the kids who explore technology for educational purposes. The post was easy to read and follow. It was really an eye opener.

    Thanks, Corey Waldon

  453. Candace Buzbee:

    Dr. McLeod,

    Hi, my name is Candace Buzbee and I am a student in EDM 310 at the University of South Alabama. I really enjoyed reading your blog about technology! I enjoyed how you used sarcasm to get your point across. I agree that there are pros and cons about technology, but I believe that the pros out weigh the cons. Technology has become such a huge part of everyday life, but I do believe as educators that we should know that not everything and everyone on the internet is/are good. Thanks for your time.

    Sincerely,
    Candace

  454. Candace Buzbee:

    Dr. McLeod,

    Hi, my name is Candace Buzbee and I am a student in EDM 310 at the University of South Alabama. I really enjoyed how you try and get your point across with sarcasm. I agree with you that technology has its pros and cons, but I believe that the pros out weigh the cons. As an educator I do want to use technology in my classroom. I will monitor them, because I know that not everyone and everything on the internet is/are good. Thanks for your time.

    Sincerely,
    Candace

  455. Rosemary Catlin:

    Hi, my name is Rosemary Catlin, and I am a student in EDM310 at the University of South Alabama. When I first started reading this I wasn’t sure what to think. I quickly realized, however, that you were taking “A Modest Proposal” sort of approach, and I loved it. The kids who learn about technology early on will definitely have a leg up in the future. I think the most important thing to remember is that these children will need guidance regarding technology, and this guidance has to come from parents and teachers. They need guidance to know what is right and what is wrong. They must be taught these things so they can make the most of the technology they have.

  456. Kate Fail:

    Dr. McLeod,
    My name is Kate Fail and I am a student in Dr. Strange’s EDM 310 class at The University of South Alabama. Your post was very powerful in such few words. I agree that the resistance to technology is quite ridiculous and that if people and teachers would simply take the time to learn about the benefits of technology then they would see that by not using it they are only being a disservice to the student. Of course there are dangers on the web but there are just as many dangers in the real world. Just as a parent and/or teacher should prepare and educate their children and students on how to be safe in every aspect of their lives, we should also be teaching them how to safely use technology. Technology is a huge part of our present lives and will only grow to become a bigger influence in our future lives. Teachers have a responsibility and a duty to prepare their students to be successful in the future and this no doubt includes teaching them about technology.
    Thank you for your post!

  457. Joe:

    My name is Joe Hunter and I really enjoyed your post.

  458. Sarah Clever:

    Hello my name is Sarah Clever and I am a student in EDM 310 at the University of South Alabama. I thoroughly enjoyed reading your blog because I absolutely agree. I think that is neat how you tell others not to teach their children/students about these things so yours will be a step ahead. If we teach our students about technology and the future of the world, they will understand when they are exposed to it later on in life in the real world. Thank you for sharing and I hope that it touches others the way it touched me.

  459. Caitlyn Latini:

    Mr McLeod, your sense of humor and sarcasm couldn’t have been any better. Your description of everything not to do on computers were dead on because of the risks factors. Also, the ending on how it tied everything together was perfect and kept the reader guessing. Parents do keep their children from using computers because they are uneducated about what computers are actually about and how to correctly teach their child the right material. Technology is spreading rapidly throughout the world especially through kids. The adults need to make sure we aren’t getting left behind.

  460. Caitlyn Latini:

    Mr. McLeod, your sense of humor and sarcasm couldn’t have been any better. Your description of everything not to do on computers were dead on because of the risks factors. Also, the ending on how it tied everything together was perfect and kept the reader guessing. Parents do keep their children from using computers because they are uneducated about what computers are actually about and how to correctly teach their child the right material. Technology is spreading rapidly throughout the world especially through kids. The adults need to make sure we aren’t getting left behind.

  461. Robert Fisher:

    Dr. McLeod
    I am a student in EDM310 at the University of South Alabama. I liked the humorous expression of common ideas about technology. The role of technology in teaching seems to be changing slowly. I can see how deep seeded the ideas regarding kids using technology are. I have heard all of those misconceptions and recognize the need to bring them out into the open. Thank you for your post Dr McLeod.
    Sincerely,
    Robert Fisher

  462. Ash Baumann:

    Dr. Mcleod,
    I am a student in EDM310 at the university of South Alabama. I do agree with you but I just feel like children on the internet need to be monitored closely. So much harm can come at them if they are left to it alone. I feel like it can be a wonderful tool that can help them blossom. Yet I feel as though their is degrading, racy, predators, and many more harmful things that they can be exposed to at a age too early. I do believe in blocking sites and hindering what they are exposed to but i feel as though guided in the right way it can be more beneficial then harmful.
    Ash Baumann

  463. Joseph Thornton:

    I love the sarcasm. I can see myself saying something just like to get my point across. You honestly had me going for a second. As I read down the page, I was thinking “I am about to have to leave a huge disagreement comment”, but right at the end I got on board!

  464. Magan Crum:

    Hey Mr. McLeod,
    My name is Magan Crum. I am a student in Dr. Strange’s EDM 310 class at the University of South Alabama. While reading your post I was a little disturbed. Yes, I realize that computers, and web is showing our youth negative things. It also, opens different opportunities in different ways. It has aloud our kids to be diverse and learn new things. A lot of parents can not afford to take their children around the world, with this technology they can experience traveling in a classroom. I do not think taking them away from it will solve the issue. We as adults should teach them what is right and wrong. I am all for technology and learning how to make it useful.

  465. Anna:

    Dr. McLeod,
    My name is Anna Darby. I am an EDM 310 student at the University of South Alabama. I love this post. Although it’s sarcastic, the real truth is hidden behind it. Why shouldn’t teach their kids about all of this stuff? They are too afraid of the consequences. But what is there to be afraid of? Everyone should want to help their children to further their education. No one should be left out. The negativity that follows is nothing new. But the positives outweigh the negatives.

  466. Kiala Burnette:

    Dr.McLeod,
    I am a student in Dr.Strange’s EDM 310 class at the University of South Alabama. I enjoyed reading your blog. It challenged my thinking a little. I would have to say that I stand on the fence of the issue of technology in classrooms. On one side I strongly feel as if technology can be a bit much in the classroom at times. It seems as if kids these days don’t even have to know the real value of writing because the computer does it for them. Even spelling isn’t that important because if a student misspells a word, the computer can just correct it while in the meantime the student just carries on without grasping the fact that they need to focus on their spelling.
    On the other side of the argument, I feel as if technology is important in the classroom. The new aged ways that technology is incorporated in the classroom definitely can be beneficial and though technology can be used as a distraction and in negative ways, if we as teachers teach the correct ways to use them, then we can avoid any problems occurring.

  467. Ashley Fallo:

    My name is Ashley Fallo. I am a student at the University of South Alabama and a student in EDM 310. Your post was very thought provoking. I liked how you used a sarcastic tone to make your point. I completely agree with you, people are way too judgmental when it comes to technology. If technology is used the right way there are many benefits that it has. The world is moving in that direction and there is no way to stop it but you can learn how to use it properly and teach your children those ways. I enjoyed reading your post.

  468. Joy Eady:

    Dr. McLeod,
    My name is Joy Eady, Im currently taking Dr. Strange’s Edm310 class at the University of South Alabama. I totally agree with your post. I think it is great how you use sarcasm as a tool to make your point about learning the new technology. I think we should definitely teach our children all about technology and try keeping them up to date on all the new advancements. Yes, negativity does sometimes follow technology, but we should not stray away from teaching it.

  469. Jason Lynch:

    Dear Dr. McLeod

    I am a student in EDM310 at the University of South Alabama and I was reading through your post. At first, I really thought you were portraying yourself as a Luddite. But as I delved into your post a little further, paying close attention to more than just the words on the page. I found your message to be a warning to all those who oppose the oncoming tide of technology. If we don’t change, we will be left behind. In your warning you placed real warnings for those who are naive of the dangers when you give this gift of unlimited knowledge to your children. Please be aware of where they tread. Make sure you, the parent, the teacher, or the mentor are aware of where they have been, where they are, and where they are going. I agree with your post and I applaud your attempts at using reverse psychology to make people think of what is really necessary for our children to succeed in this new technological developing world.

    Thank You,

    Jason Lynch

  470. Lindsey Edwards:

    My name is Lindsey Edwards and I am student in EDM 310 at the University of South Alabama. I enjoyed reading your post about teaching kids technology. We are scared that teaching children about various sources of technology will lead to bad things, such as pornography and sexual predators. We don’t think about the fact that not teaching them could hold them back in the future. Technology is becoming a large part of our society and it will only increase. In order for children to be successful in the future they must begin now and continue learning throughout their life. Technology has allowed for children to learn and connect with people around the world. It allows for more application and enhances the learning process. I completely agree with you that teaching them now will greatly affect their success in the future.

  471. Heather Rigby:

    Dr. McLeod,
    My name is Heather Rigby. I am a student in Dr.Strange’s EDM 310 class at the University of South Alabama. I find your post amazing. People will always fear something good. People take the old saying “too good to be true” to heart and apply it to too many things. I mean technology is taking off in our world today. Every child owns a piece of technology and can utilize it to their ability. So I think the real question is why not?

  472. Kasey Mooney:

    Dr. McLeod,
    My name is Kasey Mooney, I am a student in Dr.Strange’s EDM 310 at the University of South Alabama.I find your post quite interesting. I think that using sarcasm is a good way to get someones attention. I would have to agree that kids who are using and becoming familiar with technology now do have a leg up on the future. Technology is expanding and becoming more and more demanding and relied upon. I think that students should know how to use the new technology and have a “leg up” on things, but I do think it does need to be done under supervision.

  473. Sara Cardwell:

    Mr. McLeod,

    My name is Sara Cardwell. I am a student in Dr. Strange’s EDM 310 class at the University of South Alabama. The first time I read your post, I did not fully get the meaning behind it. After reading it the second time, I completely understand where you are coming from. I liked how you used a sarcastic way of writing your blog. The point comes out better that way. People in today’s world need to stop focusing on the negatives that technology has to offer and start focusing on the positives that come with technology.

  474. Shaun:

    Wonderful post Mr. McLeod! My name is Shaun Coleman from EDM310 class at South Alabama. Enjoyed reading this I totally agree with this. I believe technology has ruined our youth and it scares me to think about what the future holds for my kids.

  475. Eva Stringer:

    Mr. Mcleod, you make a good point. I’m a student at the University of South Alabama and what you said is very logical. Yes, there are bad things that children have access to, but isn’t there bullying in schools? Aren’t children having babies? Isn’t that creepy uncle the predator? A parent, teacher, administrator, and board member cannot protect the children from everything immoral in this world. We would have to take each child and keep them in a box their whole lives. Children should have the opportunity to join this technological world, however, we must educate them on how to stay away from bad situations that they may regret later.

  476. Robert Freeland:

    Dr. McLeod,
    It excites me that there are educators in this country that are challenging the old way of thinking about education. I am currently a student at The University of South Alabama and am pursuing a degree in education. I realize, do in large part to theEDM310 class I am in enrolled in, that we are the future of education in America. It is our responsibility to bring our students and ourselves further into this technological revolution, how ever intimidating that might sound…

  477. Carrie Whitt:

    Dr. Mcleod, my name is Carrie Whitt and I am a Student in Dr. Strange’s EDM 310 class at the University of South Alabama. I enjoyed thoroughly the creative way in which you got your point across. It is true that some people still feel as though technology is just nuisance in todays society. I am with you all the way, we must not fight this inevitable transformation in society, and instead embrace if we ever have any hopes of succeeding. Thank you.

  478. Akeem Appleton:

    Dr. McLeod,
    I am a student in Edm 310 at the University of South Alabama. I really enjoyed reading your post. The way you argued your point really made this interesting to read. I completely agree with you. We cant eleminate technology because our future is in the technology.

  479. Donte Todd:

    Hi, Mr. Mcleoud my name is Donte Todd. I am currently enrolled in Dr. Strange’s EDM 310 class. Firs,t I would like to say that you have a very unique way of addressing the technology debate. I think you are correct and I agree with the sarcasim that was used in this blog. Being technologically intelligent in our generation is no longer a “maybe”, it is now a “must”.

  480. Byronn Brye:

    Hi my name is Byronn Brye and I attend EDM310 at University of South Alabama. I like how you came off telling parents not to teach there kids about computers and technology. I think that was priceless and if any parent out there thinks there kids will not need computers think again. Everything in today’s society is run or will be run based on computers.

  481. Derkesha Dale:

    Dr. McLeod,
    My name is Derkesha Dale and I am a student in EDM310 at the University of South Alabama. I enjoyed reading your post and I agree with you as to why technology should be used by children. Yes, it is true that cyber bullying exist, predators are online, and cheating goes on. As adults, we should teach kids about the positives and negatives of internet use, such as time limits, which sites to visit, and if they are able to have social networking pages, such as Twitter or Facebook.

  482. Kia Hunter:

    Mr. McLeod, this is a hilarious post! I agree with introducing children to technology, children learning how to use technology, and children using technology. Technology is what the next generation will be using and they must be prepared. I say the earlier they learn the better off they will be. I do believe that we should make sure our children are aware of cyber predators, cyber bullying, and all other inappropriate uses of the internet. Other than that children need to dive into the world of technology and have fun doing it!

  483. Karen Beran:

    I once read. “Teachers prepare their students for a world they themselves may never see.” Technology is a very real part of that.

  484. LaShunda Barnes:

    Dr. Mcleod,
    When I first began to read your post, I said to myself well he is totatlly against technology in the classroom. I thought your post was very straight forward. You really kept me guessing as to what the conclusion of your post was going to be. Great post!

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  486. Lindsay Ann Parvin:

    Hi! I am a teacher renewing her certificate in EDM310 at the University of South Alabama with Dr. Strange. I have a very dry personality and enjoyed your sarcasm. I think your most powerful statement was at the end – the one about you being a parent that is doing it too. That’s what a lot of pessimists forget. They can join the bandwagon. You aren’t comfortable with them doing it without you in school then do it with them at home. Educate yourselves.

  487. Hannah:

    My name is Hannah Albano I am a student at The University of South Alabama in EDM 310. I throughly enjoyed reading your posts and some of the various comments that have been left! I think it is importance parents, teachers and administrators realize the importance of the shift in education that is happening before our eyes. If we do not conform to the change, I fear the consequences teachers are going to face!

  488. Emily Printz:

    Hi Mr. McLeod.

    I’m a student in EDM 310 at the University of South Alabama. I enjoyed reading this post. The writing style along with the sarcasm really made this fun to read. You made your point in a clever way. I agree that technology needs to be incorporated into the classroom and that those who have been exposed to it will be ahead of those who have not.

  489. Ashley:

    Hi Mr. Mcleod,

    I am a student in EDM 310 at the University of South Alabama. I think you make a great point. Teachers, administrators, and parents who choose to shield their children are setting them up for potential failure. Maybe that was a little harsh; maybe not failure, but like you said, they will be behind those students who embrace technology.

  490. Makenzie Cunningham:

    Mr. McLeod,

    I am a student at the University of South Alabama in EDM 310. I throughly enjoyed this blog post! What a clever way to get your point across. I agree, technology is needed in the classroom and it is our responsibility to educate students to use the tools correctly. Thank you for sharing your thoughts!

  491. Brittany DeFalco:

    Hi! My name is Brittany DeFalco and I am a student at the University of South Alabama currently enrolled in Dr. Strange’s EDM310 class. I must say that your approach in this post was interesting. Sarcastic, definitely. I’m not much for sarcasm myself but it seemed to work well for you in this post. I understand that we should be preparing this generation to function in society through the use of technology because its all about technology. However, I say let’s keep a balance. It doesn’t have to be a “my way or the highway thing.” There is nothing wrong with freedom with limits. Be the parent. Be your child’s first teacher. Use technology when needed, but let’s not make it our world, because its not. Thank you for sharing!

  492. Lori Wyatt:

    Hello, I am a student in EDM310 at the University of South Alabama this summer. I enjoyed your post. You are very funny. Yes, we need to all get on board with technology. I personally believe we should combine all forms of “old world” and “new world” teaching to make it the best for our students. Technology is here and it’s not going anywhere. Most students can use computers better than their teachers. Thank you!

  493. Jamie Cunningham:

    Hello, My name is Jamie Cunningham and I am a student in EDM 310 at the University of South Alabama. I really enjoyed reading your post and found it really humorous. What I got from this post was hey don’t teach your kids this stuff cause I want my kids to be ahead of yours lol. Great Post.

  494. Courtney Hieronymus:

    Dr. McLeod,
    I am a student in EDM310 at the University of South Alabama. I really enjoyed this post as I have many of your others. I hope to offer my kids every possible opportunity of getting ahead one day and I believe that this includes teaching them to use technology. There are so many things they can learn and do with technology and I definitely believe it offers them an advantage over kids that are blocked from it. I really hate to hear people talk about the internet being evil. This is just another excuse. Thanks for posting! I look forward to reading more.

  495. Mary Anderson:

    Dr. McLeod,
    My name is Mary Anderson and I am also a student in Dr. Strange’s EDM 310 @ the University of South AL. What an awesome display of satire you’ve written. I’m one of Dr. Strange’s reformed “no technology in my classroom” students. At first it was a challenge for me to let my guard down and accept the benefit that technology has on young minds. After spending this entire semester researching, learning and practicing with the tech advancements that I can incorperate in my classroom, I’m fully embraced by the ideas. I agree with other posts that I’ve read from students;I do not believe it will take a full decade to show who’s more advanced between children who are sheltered from tech use or children who have ample supply at their finger tips.

    While you didn’t say this, I have encountered some who think intellegence levels between tech advanced students and non-tech students might vary. I don’t think it’s fair to say one student might be “smarter” than the other student simply because of technology but, definately more advanced.

    Thank you for sharing such a funny and creative expression of your thoughts!!

    Mary

  496. Courtney Blackmon:

    Hey there! I am also a student at the University of South Alabama enrolled in EDM 310. I definitely enjoyed your blog too especially this post. I see both sides of this argument. I am a mother to a 3 year old and very over protective so I can only imagine how protective I will be when she gets to start being on the internet. I am so scared of all the bad things that she can find, see or do on here but then again I know she can and WILL learn so much by exploring and reading lots of good blogs, and websites. There are ways to control what she will be able to view of course so I guess that’s good too. But I definitely want her to be taught on the computer more rather than in a classroom with paper and pencil writing definitions. I really hope the school system has all these technologies available to her when she starts school. We can only hope! Great post and such a humorous way of writing. THhnks!

  497. angyl white:

    hahaha! Very Interesting!! I am a student at the University of South Alabama. I am currently taking EDM310 which teaches teacers to be technologically literate. Before this class, a lot of what you were saying may have been foreign but not now! This was a nice, sarcastic way of getting the point across. The truth of the matter is, that we simply cannot keep our students sheltered and expect them to be successful in such a technological diverse world! Awesome Post!

  498. Keilan Yancey:

    I am a student in edm310 at the University of South Alabama. I like the post, shows you are a protective parent, but you can monitor the things your kids look at. As stated before by many people you can show kids how to use technology for good reasons, or the right way. You are right about people using the web for the wrong reasons.

  499. Angelia Gafford:

    Hello, my name is Angelia Gafford, I am a student at University of South Alabama. I am currently taking a summer class, ,a href=”http://www.edm310.blogspot.com/”>Class BLOG EDM310 check out the blog if you get a chance. This class helps teach educators to incorporate technology in the classroom and has broaden my mind to be open to change. Our students and their learning experience should be our #1 priority and we can accomplish so much with the use of technology in all classrooms. Great Post!

  500. Angelia Gafford:

    My name is Angelia Gafford and I am a student at The University of South Alabama. I am currently taking a summer class Class Blog EDM310 check out the class blog. This class helps educators incorporate technology in the classroom and has helps broaden my mind to be open to change. Our students and their learning experience should be our #1 priority and finding different ways to use technology to help teach our students will benefit them for the future.

  501. Justin:

    Hi Scott, my name is Justin Parmer and I am a student in EDM 310 at the University of South Alabama. I could not agree more with your post. Especially after everything I have learned in this course, your students really will have an amazing leg up on other students that are limited in how they were allowed to use technology for communication and collaborative purposes. Thanks for your post!

  502. Carol W:

    Awesome! Awesome! Awesome!
    Wish I had something like that when I was advocating for internet access years ago. I think we do more harm than good by blocking everything, but teaching students nothing about personal responsibility.

  503. Antonia Simone:

    I find it hard to believe that an intelligent person could possibly be so irresponsible, short-sighted and panacaean as that. What a ridiculous generalisation! Of course we shouldn’t go to one extreme on the issue, but this post espouses going the other extreme, and applies the same principle to all computer users, regardless of age or their ability to see the long- (or even short-) term consequences of their actions. How incredibly naive, uneducated and irresponsible. I can give you dozens of examples of how that sort of thinking can have harmful effects on a growing child or even on a fully-grown adult. Does that mean we go the extreme of shutting down technology? Of course not. But should we completely ignore all potential risks and go the other extreme? Apparently, according to you, it does. Be more responsible, realistic, and think a little before posting such rubbish.

  504. Scott McLeod:

    re: “rubbish” …

    Thanks for the comment, Antonia. I appreciate your contribution but am pretty sure I don’t advocate ‘ignoring all potential risks and going [to] the other extreme.’ In other words, I don’t think this poem is as extremist as you make it out to be…

  505. lynnem:

    Hi,
    Respectfully, did you read the last two lines? He is being sarcastic.

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  507. Pat Hampton:

    I’m a student of EDM310 @ the Univ. Of South Alabama. Your post was a reading assignment and I’m glad I read it. I enjoyed it very much and I agree with every word of it. If we don’t prepare our students early for the technology waiting for them, someone else will teach their children. Our students deserve the very best education we can offer them and if we don’t provide it, we are not providing education that will encourage learning that is best for our students. Thank you for the post.

  508. Carmen:

    I’m a student in EDM310 at The University of South Alabama. I enjoyed reading your post it was interesting and humorous once the point was across. I could not agree more with your post. Your students/children will have a leg up on other students who teachers are afraid of their students using technology because of a few negative things. Technology will benefit students future. Thank you for the post

  509. Nancy Nelson:

    This poem is sarcastically amazing! I found it to be funny and so very true. I am a student at the University of South Alabama in Edm310. This class is teaching me about technology and using that technology in my learning. There are risks in both the traditional and non-traditional ways of teaching. I believe that we are now in a technology revolution in schools and that every educator needs to know how to use certain technology. Students are now more interested in this aspect rather than the old way of teaching. Students need to play a part in their education rather than sitting on the sidelines. Thank you so much for this post. I enjoyed reading it very much.

  510. kabrina harris edm310:

    wow this blog is really saying something.I agree with you. Teaching kids about technology will help shape them for a better future than the ones that are not trying to learn it. Technology is always changing and it is important that we keep up so we wont get left behind.

  511. Ashley:

    My name is Ashley Snow and I am a student at the University of South Alabama. I am currently enrolled in EDM310. Your blog post was humorous, because you said how you don`t want other people to do this because you are teaching you students all these things. With society being centered around technology it is important to know some things about it. Your students are a step ahead of others because teachers are scared to teach their students about technology. In my opinion technology makes learning fun.

  512. Ann Burgo:

    I totally believe in using anything and everything we can to teach. I agree with preparing our children for the emerging world of technology. I believe it is OK to make mistakes and almost everything I know, I learned from a mistake. Closely monitoring through this process and knowing wrong choices will be made is part of the learning process. I think it may be a problem if you tell the child, I totally trust you to never make a mistake. Embrace the mistakes.

  513. Ann Burgo:

    Opps. So caught up in what I was thinking, I made a mistake and forgot to tell you I am a student at the University of South Alabama, EDM 310. @BurgoAnn,

  514. Keiko Ito:

    I am Keiko Ito and a student in Dr. Strange’s EDM310 at the University of South Alabama. I really enjoyed to read your writing. Actually, I cannot entirely agree or disagree with his opinion against technology in education because this has been controversial for a long time. I think technology tools for students have many pros and cons. My pro for it is our students will work in technology and social networking; they should learn how to use the technology tools because technology keeps developing with remarkable rapidity. In contrast, my cons against it is the tools and social media lead bullying on chats and SNS in social networking.
    Thank you for sharing.

  515. Mary Angela Martin:

    I am a student in EDM310 at the University of South Alabama. I feel as though your post is crazy. I believe in doing everything and anything with technology. A pencil and paper can only take you so far until someone needs more. Technology is for enlarging knowledge and interacting students into the real world. Our world is focused around technology and I believe that all teachers should incorporate it into their classrooms. I am a big fan of technology and will have my students using it daily to interact and understand the material. I feel that the more you interact your students the more they learn and enjoy learning. I feel as though children should be taught to use technology in the correct manner. They should know the difference between right and wrong and use it for learning purposes.

  516. L.J. (Laura) Allen:

    Hi Dr. McLeod,
    I’m one of Dr. Strange’s students in EDM 310 at the University of South Alabama. I enjoyed reading this post, and I share your concern that parents, teachers, and administrators that oppose integrating technology into the classroom are making a huge mistake. Kids who learn about internet and the technology available to us today at an early age will have an advantage not only to us but to kids who aren’t exposed to it. Technology is changing rapidly over time and it’s hard to keep up. But there are so many educational tools we can use like Smartboards, and iPads, and Elmo projectors, etc. It would be a shame to shelter our students from that because the adults are too afraid to try new things. Every aspect of learning has a positive and a negative. These technologies just need to be used in a proactive way to be successful.

  517. Mary Angela Martin:

    I want to clear the first part of my comment up. When I said your post was crazy, I meant the part with all the neglect with the internet. I loved reading it and completely agree that you should use it in your classrooms.

  518. Barclay Davis:

    Hi,
    I am a student at the University of South Alabama in EDM310. I would first like to say that I loved the sarcasm!! I think you expressed the importance of technology by saying what all not to teach their kids and obviously by saying your kids would be ahead. I enjoyed it!

  519. Tina Behel:

    Hello!
    I am a student at the University of South Alabama, in Mobile. I understand what you are saying about children being exposed to the internet, social networking. Kids are going to use these tools anyway why not incorporate these things into our teaching. I do think cyber bullying can be a problem. I agree with what you are trying to share.
    Thanks.

  520. Lauren:

    Hello! My name is Lauren Cunningham and I am a student in Dr. Strange’s EDM310 course at the University of South Alabama. Dr. Strange assigned us this post, and I am very grateful that he did! I found this funny, and sadly, true. So many people shut down technology and the progress it has made over the years. My theory is because they are scared of it themselves. They try and protect their children and students from it because they do not know how to handle it. Knowing that your child may be more knowledgable of something than you are is a scary thing.

    Instead of shutting technology, they need to take the time and invest in it for themselves. This course has been especially helpful in integrating technology in the classroom. I am so glad that it is required for all prospective teachers, because it has given me a new-found appreciation for how helpful it will be in my future classroom. I cannot wait to get in there and get my students podcasting, blogging, and doing all types of other fun activities! It has me engaged, so I know it will have my students engaged also!

    Thanks for sharing this post, I thoroughly enjoyed it!
    Lauren

  521. Alison Stacey:

    Hi Mr. McLeod! My name is Alison. I am a student in EDM310 at the University of South Alabama. Your point in this post was to say go ahead and keep kids away from the new technologies. Yours will use them and have an even bigger advantage over theirs. I loved the sarcasm and agree with you on the importance of teaching our kids about technology. Technology is an avenue for kids to create, learn, and share. It would be harmful to keep them completely away from it. I think it is a good idea for parents to monitor what their children are doing on the internet, though. The internet is a great place for learning when used properly, but it is also a place filled with things that kids do not need to get involved with. I think it would be a good idea for parents to talk to their children about the positives and negatives of the internet, but that means parents have to be technologically literate so that they know what those positives and negatives are. I really enjoyed reading your post! Thanks for sharing!
    Alison

  522. Ardriana Marshall:

    Hi Mr. McLeod! I am a EDM310 student at the University of South Alabama. I totally agree with you on this post. I am just learning how to work all of the new technology and although little to none of this is helpful it is a part of our children’s lives. I guess the old saying “If you can’t beat them, join them.” is true. I am amazed that society would put children at risk like this (sexting, sexual predators, etc). I will pray for all of us. I am 22 and I have no kids, but at the rate of technology and the world I am afraid to.

  523. Victoria:

    I think that this post is really thought provoking. If you shelter your students from all of these things, what kind of person will they be in future? If they can’t use technology in the future, what can they do? The kids who are exposed to these things will surely have a leg up. You list many negative things that are associated with the web. If you teach your kids about these negative things, and how to avoid them, and how to act when they are in a particular situation, they will be less likely to abuse the privileges of technology. I really enjoyed this post!
    Victoria

  524. Kenesha Brown:

    Hello, my name is Kenesha Brown. I’m a student in EDM 310 at the University of South Alabama. I find your sarcasm hilarious. I feel that teachers should be acceptable to change. Teachers should be willing to improve themselves as well as their students. I have to say that I feel as if they are afraid of mistakes. Because of the perfection status a teacher portrayed to be, it can be hard to accept the fact that something that they contribute to the classroom is outdated. In addition, I like the fact that you stated that they didn’t have to do because you will. I commend you for making the gesture because our students need educators that are willing to take on the challenge.

  525. Shannon:

    Hi, my name is Shannon Watson and I am a student in EDM310 at the University of South Alabama. I find this very hilarious. I don’t think that students should be completely shelter from the internet. Using the internet is a whole new way of exploring things and receiving information. I do agree about some of the negative things you listed because the internet can be very dangerous. But I really enjoyed reading this post!

    Shannon

  526. Windy Powell:

    Hello my name is Windy Powell. I am also a student of EDM310 at the University of South Alabama. I have to say when I was first reading your post I was thinking to myself this guy has lost his marbles and has gone to some kind of extreme measures to prevent technology from be in his classroom, but those last few statements changed it all. I must say I did sense a little sarcasm, and I loved it. I loved your approach to selling the idea of technology. I think parents, school officials, and politicians get so caught up in the harmful threats of technology that they forget that technology can be a great learning tool. I think the most important thing we can do for our students is to prepare them for the future, and in doing so we must show them the proper way to utilize the resources they have available to them.

  527. Rachel:

    Hi! I am Rachel. I am a student at The University of South Alabama. I am currently in EDM 310. I really enjoyed your post. I agree 100% with you. I think technology is one of the best things we can apply to learning, for our students, to better their future. It helps in so many ways. I can’t wait to see what’s in store with technology and education.

  528. Molly Reynolds:

    Dr. McLeod, I am a student in EDM 310 at the University of South Alabama. When I read your post, I thought it was very interesting. It was what Dr. Randy Pausch would call a “head fake”, because you led us to believe one thing until the very end when you indicated students would need these skills to get ahead in the future. I also read your post from February 14, 2010 where you quoted Don Tapscott, “This is the first time in history when young people may know more than adults about something that’s important.” It is scary because it turns our learning traditions upside down; however, it can also be exciting when you have an open mind. I’m relieved that there are authorities like you who can guide young educators who want to integrate technology in the classroom.

  529. Kayla Johnson:

    Hi,
    I’m Kayla Johnson. I am in EDM 310 at the University of South Alabama. I agree with your blog post completely. We live in a society packed full of technology, and it is not going anywhere. I feel, as educators, it is important to teach our students how to use this technology. By students learning how to use technology in school, it is preparing them for jobs that they will have in the future that don’t even exist yet.

  530. Jeanette Kelley:

    Hello, I’m a student in EDM310 at the University of South Alabama. I really enjoyed your blog post. It was full of sarcasm. You made your point in a creative way. Sometimes using sacrams is a way to reach people. We cannot stop students from using technology. Why should we? We need to help and teach them good ways on how to using technology the right way.

  531. Sam Krhut:

    Hello Mr. McCleod,
    My name is Sam Krhut and I am a student of EDM310 at South Alabama. I love your poem. It’s definitely got a ring to it. You ever thought about putting music to it? It could be a real hit. You know it’ll be hit in the progressive educator crowd. ps- I really like it when I find sarcasm in class assignments. Thank you for that. Have a great day!

  532. Courtney Block:

    Dear Dr. McLeod,

    My name is Courtney Block I am a junior at the University of South Alabama and I am currently enrolled in EDM 310. I thought your blog post was hilarious. It is full of sarcasm. Adults grew up in the era where pencils and paper were the in thing. It bothers them that their students know how to much more things on technology then they do. That is why some teachers and adults are so adamant on keeping books around. Now don’t get me wrong books are wonderful, but computers and the wonder of the internet kind of has it beat. There is just so much that can be learned and researched on the internet that we cannot find in every library or every book. Not to mention that with the internet students can engage in videos and audio. This will help with all types of learning! I think that maybe we should just get use to the idea that this is the 21st century and we are aging into a new era. One full of technology!

    Courtney Block

  533. Kayla Parazine:

    Hi Dr. McCleod! I am a student in EDM 310 at the University of South Alabama. I love this post, it is quite humorous! However, I do strongly believe that if some parents read this they would be all for it! It is sad that technology is frowned upon in our society when that is what our children’s futures will be about completely! I feel that technology helps them express themselves in a different way and makes them think creatively. ps: love the sarcasm!

    Kayla Parazine

  534. Anna Faggard:

    Hi,

    My name is Anna Faggard, and I am a EDM student at the University of South Alabama. I just want to say that I really enjoyed your post. I loved all the sarcasm!I think students should keep up with technology, but be monitored. Thank you for the post, it was great.

  535. Jessica La Force:

    Hi Mr. Mcleod, I’m Jessica and I’m a student in EDM310 at the University of South Alabama. Just wanted to say I enjoyed the post. That was a unique way to convince people, or not, to take advantage of technology.

  536. Maria Eschbach:

    Hi. My name is Maria, and I am a student in Dr Strange’s EDM 310 class as well at the University of South Alabama. I am studying to be an elementary teacher. I love you blog post and the way you wrote it. It will get people’s attention as it has gotten mine and my classmates. I could not agree more that technology needs to be taught and the earlier the better. Thank you for your post.

  537. Kaitlyn Burgess:

    Hi Dr. McLeod,

    My name is Kaitlyn, and I am a student in EDM 310 at the University of South Alabama. I thought your post was funny to read with all of the sarcasm, and I completely agree with you! Parents, teachers, and administrators need to realize that the use of technology in education is a good thing. Sure, there are bad people out there online, but that just means we need to teach our students how to evaluate material and ignore the bad. I think it is better to teach students to use technology properly than to see them try to figure it all out for themselves and get caught up in the bad side of it.

  538. Daniel Morgan:

    Hello Dr. Mcleod,

    My name Daniel Morgan and I am a student is Dr. Strange’s EDM 310 class. I enjoyed your blog post and I agree that the way we teach students today needs to change. We have to being incorporating technology into the classroom. We also need to teach them from a young age of the dangers of the Internet as well. Thank you again for the wonderfully humorous blog post. I’m also on twitter @danielm2186.

  539. Georgia Baker:

    Dr. McLeod,
    I truly love your post. It is dead on about how foolish people can be about the ever changing technology world. I love that no matter what other people are doing or not going to do, you are going to do what you know in your heart is right. Technology is a great tool for students to use in the classroom and I believe as a teacher we should not only teach the students about technology but also the parents.

  540. Cheyanne Wilson:

    Dr. McLeod,
    I really enjoyed reading this post. I found the approach to this poem very interesting. Parents, schools, and teachers need to realize what hinderance they are being whenever they do not allow students to explore the new types of communication and technology in this day and time.

    Thank you for sharing this with us!
    Cheyanne

  541. Elizabeth Mims:

    Hello Dr. McLeod,

    My name is Elizabeth Mims and I am a student in EDM 310 at the University of South Alabama. I enjoyed reading your blog post and I agree with what you say about technology needing to be integrated into classrooms. Students deserve to be taught in a 21st century classroom. We cannot protect them from all the bad in the world, but we can educate them on how to properly use the internet and monitor their usage. Thank you for the great post!

    Elizabeth Mims

  542. Stephanie Tisdale:

    Hello,

    My name is Stephanie Tisdale. I am a student in EDM310 at The University of South Alabama. I enjoyed reading your post! I agree that technology should be included in the classroom. Students can learn so much from technology, which will be beneficial for them in the future.

    Thanks for sharing your post!

    -Stephanie Tisdale

  543. Ashley Franklin:

    Hello, Dr. McLeod
    I just wanted to say that your blogs are very inspiring for me. You say things that most teachers either keep to themselves are talk silently amongst each other. I just really want to take the time out to thank you for sharing your thoughts with the rest of the world.

  544. Claire Langham:

    Hi Dr. McLeod!

    My name is Claire Langham, and I am a student in Dr. Strange’s EDM310 at the University of South Alabama. I really enjoyed reading your post, and it’s so true and somewhat scary to think about how many people have completely shut technology out in years past. I’ll never forget the “no cell phone, no laptop” rule at my high school. We, as students, were so scared of getting caught with this “bad” technology that we began questioning why it wasn’t allowed in the first place.

    Dr. Strange’s class has truly opened my eyes to how vital technology is in the classroom. Your post was also a huge eye-opener to some of the reasons why people don’t support technology and its benefits in the classroom. As a future teacher myself, I cannot wait to show my students how important, fun, and educational technology can be.

    Thank you so much for your inspiring post! I really enjoyed it!

  545. Alecia Baxter:

    Hello Mr. McLeod,
    My name is Alecia Baxter and I am a student at the University of South Alabama. I am in Dr. Strange’s EDM 310 class and majoring in Elementary Education. I just wanted to say how humorous your blog post was. I agree completely that teachers nowadays are afraid of technology because they do not know how to handle it. They are use to just using pen/pencil to write everything and do not want their students to use technology because they think that the students will use it in the wrong way. I want my students to be able to interact with the way technology is improving around them. Thanks for sharing this post!
    Take care,
    Alecia Baxter
    EDM 310
    University of South Alabama

  546. Khushbu Patel:

    Dear Mr. McLeod,

    I am a student in EDM310 at the University of South Alabama. I think you did a great job addressing this issue. Technology is used EVERYWHERE…but in the classroom. So, where are kids going to learn to use technology? It is essential that educators start using technology.

    Khushbu Patel

  547. Rachael Gordon:

    Dr. McLeod,
    I am a student in Dr. Strange’s edm310 class at The University of South Alabama. I loved your post. The sad truth is so many parents and teacher actually fear technology because of bullying and porn. Cheating, bullying, porn, all of this stuff has been around way before technology came along, and will continue to exist with or without it. The children that are not learning to use technology will be left behind,and they will still have to deal with bully’s and predators.

  548. Cyrus Battiste:

    Hi, Dr. McLeod

    I’m a student in EDM 310 at South Alabama and I just wanted to say you spoke the truth in this post. It was good to hear a educator speak the truth and I just want to say thanks and look forward to reading more of you’r material.

  549. Sara Kinney:

    Mr. Mcleod,

    I’m Sara Kinney, and I’m a student in Dr. Strange’s EDM310 at the University of South Alabama. Your post was very eyeopening. It’s crazy how many people refuse to use technology. I believe the main reason they refuse technology is because they haven’t taken the time to learn how to use it.

    Dr. Strange’s EDM310 class has taught me so much about technology that I never knew was possible. If people would just open their minds to explore the “unknown” then they could end up benefitting tremendously.

  550. Haleigh Respess:

    Mr. McLeod,

    I really enjoyed your use of sarcasm in this post. It really helped to get your point across. Students need to be able to use the internet, and they need to be taught how to do so properly. Their usage can be monitored, and if there are certain sites that the teacher does not want their students to visit while they are online, those sites can be blocked. Overall, this was a great post!

    Thanks,
    Haleigh

  551. Stacy Smith:

    Mr. McCloud,

    My name is Stacy Smith and I am an EDM310 student at the University of South Alabama. I guess I could be one of the people that many of the comments above were referring to. I graduated high school over 20 years ago when computers existed but were not easily accessible. I don’t know what most college students know about technology. I was not computer literate when I started this class. I still don’t know if you’d say that I am now. I have come to realize the importance of technology in the classroom. I do believe technology can be a GREAT way for creating, sharing, thinking, and learning. BUT, I also believe that cheating, sexting, cyberbullying, porn, and predators are also very real and easily accessible in today’s world. If a teacher chooses to use technology in the classroom, they need to understand this and make sure that there are some really huge safe guards in place to keep technology from being used for these purposes. I believe that educators who choose to use technology in the classroom have to be responsible for what students are doing with the technology they are providing students with. If educators understand these threats and can control what students have access to, then I am 100% in support of technology being used in the classroom. Thank you for sharing your thoughts and I hope that my thoughts will make some future teachers think about their obligation as well.

  552. Stacy Smith:

    OOps!!! Sorry but I pushed the wrong button. Mr. Scott McLeod.

  553. Amanda Patton:

    Mr. McLeod,
    I found this post to be quite humorous because I know this is the same exact thought process that many of my teachers had throughout grade school! All of the things like sexting and looking at porn are things that teachers are worried about if they allow their students to have access to technology. Although some students may participate in this, you cannot hold back students who want to excel and learn by looking at the small portion of kids that do not do what they are supposed to. In life, there are always those few people that do not want to follow the rules and want to do whatever they want. Providing more resources always has consequences, but if we do not provide them we are just hurting our education system. Thanks for posting!
    Amanda Patton
    University of South Alabama
    EDM310

  554. Jamie Ham:

    My name is Jamie Ham and I am an EDM310 student at the University of South Alabama. I really love the sarcasm in your post. I think your question at the end of your post sums it all up for me. “can’t wait to see who has a leg up in a decade or two can you? Educators and parents must get on board with technology in the classroom. Success of our generation depends on it!

  555. Michael Morris:

    I was assigned by Dr. Strange to read this blog post and was thoroughly entertained. I’m sure, as you know, we student’s in Dr. Strange’s EDM 310 class have learned to embrace technology. I am definitely going to use technology within my classroom and once and for all eliminate “burp-back” education.

  556. Brittany Leavitt:

    Hi! I’m Brittany Leavitt, and I too am a student of Dr. Strange’s in EDM310. I loved this post! On my blog, I spoke about having an overprotective mother who wouldn’t let me use the internet because of all of the reasons you listed above. I hated it; I always felt so behind because I wasn’t able to use the technology that everyone else had access to at home. Love this blog and your perspective! Thanks for sharing!

  557. Amy Archer:

    Hello Mr. Mcleod,
    My name is Amy Archer. I am currently a Junior at The University of South Alabama, and I am in Dr. Strange’s EDM 310 class. I loved reading your post! Your sarcastic humor really caught my attention and gave me a good laugh for the week. It is sad that our society tries to prevent students from learning and connecting online.
    I know that parents and administrators will argue that the social networking leads to cyber-bullying and the viewing porn, but how can we expect our students/children to become young adults if we do not allow them to live life to the fullest? I agree with you 100% because if we shelter them and prevent them from exploring they will never able to experience or learn for themselves. Bullying will go on at any point in life, whether it is in the classroom, through a text message, or a social network. Also, the people who look at porn will find a way to look at it if that is what they are looking for, no matter the limitations.
    My point is that people are always going to make mistakes or experience trials in life. We can’t expect our students and children to know how to handle situations if we do not give them the chance to live. It is our job as teachers, parents, or administrators to guide them through their journey and stop them when they go down the wrong path.
    Thanks for your post!
    Amy Archer

  558. Will Smith:

    Hi Scott,

    My name is Will Smith and I am a student in EDM310 at the University of South Alabama. My first reaction to this post is to laugh. This really is a funny piece because I know SEVERAL education administrators who belive exactly what your post says. While I am obviously at a disagreement with them I also understand how it may be difficult for them to move on to a more contemporary education approach. This post puts all of these modern tools we have into perspective as to how they will be used in the years to come. Great Post as usual, Love Your Blog!

  559. Keely Smith:

    Hi, My name is Keely Smith and I am in EDM310 at The University of South Alabama. I enjoyed reading your post and I completely agree that using technology allows students to create,share,think and most importantly learn. The internet has it’s pros and cons but the cons shouldn’t hinder us from using it for educational purposes. I love how some teachers are embracing technology and moving our future leaders forward. Hopefully the ones of us who were held back will catch up!

    Keely Smith

  560. Heather Perrin:

    Dr. McLeod,
    My name is Heather and I am a student in EDM 310. This poem made me laugh so much. Your sarcasm is great. I agree with the point that you make here about students who are given the gift of technology in classes will eventually have the upperhand in life. The world has progressed so far past pencil and paper that it seems sort of prehistoric.
    Why then, would education, which is supposed to prepare us for the future, be stuck in this time warp? GREAT post. I look forward to reading more of your blog.
    -Heather P.

  561. Kathryn Reynolds:

    I am a student at the University of South Alabama studying Elementary education. I really enjoyed this blog post. When I was reading it my thought was “What? Why is he saying this?”. I personally believe technology is an asset to learning. So, I really enjoyed the end when you stated that you didn’t want others to teach these things because you are and expect it to give your students a leg up. Very well written and humorous. Thank you for sharing.

  562. Nadis Chambers:

    Hi Dr.McLeod,

    My name is Nadis Chambers and I’m a student at the University of South Alabama. I’m currently in Dr. Strange’s EDM310 class. I really enjoyed your blog. It was humorous and yet factual. Many people are scared to introduce their kids to the use of technology because of misconceptions. However, the brave ones, in the end,will see a great outcome. Great post!!!

  563. Broderick Myles:

    I cannot agree with this post. In my mind the purpose of education is to educate students on various subjects that they could not or would not learn on their own! Most if not all the items in your poem could be discovered by playing around on the internet.

  564. Ashaunte Gaillard:

    This blog post was great! I agree that if you leave out technology during the learning experience this day in age, the children will be left in the dust to technology. Students need to learn the benefits of the internet and technology. This is really important.

  565. Anna Zhuo:

    Dr. McLeod,

    Hi! My name is Anna Zhuo and I’m a student in EDM310 at the University of South Alabama! I completely agree with your post. It reminds me of how my dad tried to raise me. I wrote about that in my recent blog post ( Blog Assignment #10 ). I think no one can completely protect the students, children, and ourselves from the exposure to the “corruptions” in the world. Instead of removing internet access, blogging, social networking, reading the web, and etc., we should monitor it. If we remove social networking and internet access, we might as well remove our children from schools and not allow them to go outside the house.

    If people are deathly afraid of what their students or children come across on the internet, how is that any different from television, especially with cable access? You can monitor what they watch and you can do the same for the internet. If you remove their internet access, you might as well not allow them to watch TV. Isn’t that right? It’s the same concept. There are misconceptions too. We should promote technology. This is the 21st century. Pencils and papers are almost “pre-historic”. Social networking is a way to help us. Blogging is a way for a student to share their thoughts and ideas. The usage of the internet allows the students to gather resources, learn, and etc. Collaborations means working together, coming up with new ideas, promotes teamwork, and etc. Instead of removing technology, we should be equipped and trained to use it. Once we are equipped and trained to, we can somehow “protect” our students in another way. We need to trust our students as well.

    I can go on and on about it! The sarcasm is great.

    Regards,
    Anna Zhuo.

  566. Giorgio Lymon:

    Hey Dr. McLeod
    Im Giorgio Lymon a student in EDM310 at the University of South Alabama. I really enjoyed reading your post on “Don’t Teach your Kids This Stuff, Please?. I agree with all the points you made in your post. I just want to point out that from personal experience, I have seen younger kids that parents bought them Leap-pad’s grow up and out smart everyone in their class. Thanks for the interesting post and i look forward to view more.
    Giorgio Lymon
    #EDM310

  567. Ashley Zaworski:

    Hi Dr. McLeod,

    My name is Ashley Zaworski and I am a student in EDM310 at the University of South Alabama. I really enjoyed reading your post and thought that it was quite funny. Although I don’t feel that technology should be the only tool that teachers use, I do feel that it is of extreme importance. I also feel that it is a teacher’s responsibility to inform their students of the different dangers out there when they are using technology. After all, you do want your students to be safe. Your sarcasm was a great way of showing all the positives and negatives that technology has. Great post!!

  568. Meghan Brewer:

    Hi Dr McLeod,
    I am also a student in EDM 310 at the University of South Alabama. I really enjoyed the sarcasm of your post! I attended the same high school as Clair who left an earlier comment and we were not allowed to have any form of technology on us while on campus. No cell phones, no iPods, no laptops. It was all punishable by detention or worse, so we never experienced the advantages of technology in the classroom. Dr Strange’s class at South Alabama has definitely been eye opening for me and I intend to use what I have learned in my own classroom someday. Like your students, I want mine to have the upper hand in this technologically driven world. Thank you!
    Meghan

  569. Chris Todd:

    Dr. McLeod,
    My name is Chrissie Todd and I am an EDM 310 student at University of South Alabama. I enjoyed your post and agree wholeheartedly! Technology can be used for so many good things. Sure there are bad things out there too, but we set limits and keep a check on their activity and we can open up a world opportunity to our kids!

  570. Callie Amond:

    Mr. McLeod,

    I’m a student in EDM10 at the University of South Alabama and I love your sarcasm! I like how you stated the negative and positive aspects of social networking in a way that people will think the complete opposite of what you are saying. I know I will certainly be using technology in my future teaching years! Great post!

  571. Jasmine Smith:

    Hello Mr. Mcleod! I am Jasmine Smith and I am a student at the University of South Alabama and I am currently taking EDM310. I found your post very intriguing. I love the facetiousness you had in your writing. Great work!

  572. Amanda Christopher:

    Hi. I too am a student at the University of South Alabama and am currently taking EDM310. I really enjoyed your sense of playfulness, wit, and sarcasm in this post. A simple way of providing an argument that technology is positive and unavoidable. Thanks for sharing.

  573. Alexandria:

    I love the way you prove your point. It makes the people saying no technology sound so ridiculous. I grew up hearing no tablets, no laptops, and no cell phones in my high school. It was such a fight for the teachers and administration while they should have been using these items to teach. Thanks for thinking outside of the box to teach and make your points.

  574. Samantha Spence:

    You are right! Well, about 90%. Technology can be useful to an educator. That is a fact. It can make discovering new lesson plans or looking up educational videos or even learning something new to teach to a classroom very easy and fast. However, cell phones, facebook, social networking sites, or anything similar is useless in the educational world. Watching someone else’s video or blog on a book does not teach a student what the book is about. The student must read the book his/herself to truly know.

    Your contribution and blog was very fun to read. Keep your opinions coming!

  575. Gabby Williams:

    Hello Dr. McLeod,
    I am a student in EDM310 at the University of South Alabama. I found your post to be very interesting. Sure there can be bad things online but there are also great and educational things. Your post was very funny and interesting to read. Thanks,
    Gabby Williams

  576. Brook:

    I respectfully disagree with your thoughts about social networking, Samantha. I am an educator in the process of getting a Master’s Degree in Educational Technology, and i will soon hold a new job of tech integrationist in my school district. Cell phones can be used in classrooms to do formative assessments (ex: texting in an answer on PollEverywhere). Twitter/Facebook can be wonderful tech tools to collaborate with peers and learn from what others have already created. These types of technology are not going away- in fact, they are just the tip of the iceberg. Instead of banning these types of learning, we should be teaching children (and adults for that matter!) how to use them appropriately.

  577. Rebecca Stuart:

    I’m Rebecca and a student in EDM310 at the University of South Alabama. I loved this post, and don’t understand how people don’t see the sarcasm. Sometimes it’s hard for people to understand what they don’t know. If they are not around it, then they think it’s bad. People need to see the good that technology does for our kids! Thanks!
    -Rebecca Stuart

  578. Roanna Council:

    Dr. McLeod, I am a student at the University of South Alabama in Dr. Strange’s EDM310 class. I think that your post was funny and amusing and correct about the way that the older, non-technologically literate generation feels about having technology in the classroom. Unfortunately though, I don’t think that every one of those opinions are wrong to have. In the world we live in at this moment of time, teachers lecture, students take notes, they memorize the information, and they spit it back up on the test. Some students benefit from this and some don’t. By swapping the system around, having teachers focus on the students learning technology so that the technology can teach the students in the way they want to learn, those students who learned better without technology are now left out and not learning. I think that as teachers if we are going to give students the freedom to learn how they want, then we should not just take away the traditional way of lecture learning for those students who want it.

  579. Jerica Gary:

    Hey Dr. McLeod,

    I am a student in EDM 310 at the University of South Alabama. I enjoyed reading your post about how most people from the generation before us view technology as negative when used in a classroom setting. I like your sense of humor with this post when expressing the good and the bad aspects that technology can present to our students. It is important to educate our students on both sides of the spectrum. You also raise a good question with, what will the next generation come up with.

  580. Jamie Lynn Barbour:

    Hi Dr. McLeod!
    I’m Jamie Barbour, one of Dr. Strange’s EDM 310 students at the University of South Alabama. I thought your post on technology in the classroom was spot on. These are all things we need to be teaching the 21st Century student. We also need to teach them the dangers of using social networking as well. A school without technology is just not a school in my opinion. Thanks for the post.
    Jamie Barbour

  581. Kayla Sandifer:

    I am a student in EDM 310 at the University of South Alabama! I really enjoyed your blog post! I thought it was funny not only because it had some crazy ideas in it! I think it is great you gave some good and positive in the post and I also love that you kept it on both sides of the playing field. I mean everyone is going to agree to disagree about the use of in the internet so why not make it funny? I really enjoyed this blog post!

  582. Kelli Francis:

    Hi, my name is Kelli Francis! I’m also a student in EDM 310 at the University of South Alabama. I really enjoyed this post because it makes the traditional way of teaching sound very unsuccessful when one sits down and compares it to project-based learning. While the internet can be dangerous, there is nothing in this world that is completely safe. We may be taking unknown risks using technology, but aren’t the greater things in life obtained from getting up from the bench and taking chances? I think if more educators would branch out, try new teaching methods, and stop holding on to tradition, they will see much better results in the academic achievements in their students. Thanks for your post, and I hope to be able to read more from you in the future!

  583. Katelyn Fleming:

    Hello Dr. McLeod,
    I am a student in EDM310 at the University of South Alabama. I really enjoyed reading your post and love your sarcastic tone. There is a TON of junk out there and sometimes I wonder if we should trust children with so much freedom. The entire world is open to them. But, then again, the entire world is open to them! Imagine what sort of amazing things students will be able to do! Technology is all around us and is closing in; there is no possible way to ignore it. The challenge is, not to teach kids about technology (I can guarantee most children can do more on a computer than most adults). It isn’t a question of how to operate it; it’s a question of how to use it! We need to focus on teaching our children and students how to use all the technology and massive amounts of information it comes with safely and effectively.

  584. Ashley Showles:

    Hi. I am a student at the University of South Alabama and am currently taking EDM 310. I enjoyed reading your blog post. I think that technology is important and should be used in the classroom. I liked your sense of humor about the positions some people take towards technology. While technology can be used inappropriately, it can also be used for good. I think it is important to incorporate technology into the classroom.

  585. Phillip Hall:

    Dr. McLeod,

    My name is Phillip Hall and I am a student at the University of South Alabama. I am in EDM 310 with Dr. Strange. I truly enjoyed reading this blog. I have heard so many times from my grandmothers how technology is going to make our brains explode and how they got along just well with paper and pencil. I have heard, with my own ears how the Internet is used for all the wrong reasons. My little brother who is in high school in a county who has computers for all their high school students says that discipline is down since the computers have been given to all the children. Sure, there are some students who will misuse the computers, but these are students who were going to do it no matter what. The benefit of these computer out-way the few students who will misuse them. My younger brother is able to use his computers to download assignments, research for projects, communicate/collaborate with his peers and even learn more about current events. Being able to sync information from IPads, IPhones, IPods and my laptop has made life wonderful. I most enjoyed your last paragraph where you said “cause I’m doing all of it with my children”. The question I think you were asking, is will you and your family/child be left behind. Thanks for sharing your blog with us.

    Phillip

  586. Catherine Warren:

    I am in EDM 310. The clincher: “don’t do any of it, please

    really

    ’cause I’m doing all of it with my kids

    can’t wait to see who has a leg up in a decade or two

    can you?” That’s totally the point. During observation at a lower performing school, I saw students totally engrossed in their math programs during computer lab. You could’ve heard a pin drop.

  587. Ethan Sumrall:

    Hey Mr. McLeod,
    I am a student at the University of South Alabama in the EDM310 class, I thought your post was great. I have been thinking that technology isn’t really needed in the classroom either. I never used technology in any of my classes growing up either and I’m pretty sure the people that have been creating technology for classrooms haven’t used it either. How could they? I mean they have created it.

  588. Jennifer Whitley:

    Dr. McLeod,
    I am a student in EDM310 at University of South Alabama. I loved this post. I know sometimes, when we realize everything that can be done on the internet, it can be scary. Students can get into anything. It can also be a good tool to use if used correctly. We just have to show students how to use it correctly.

  589. Jessica Harris:

    I am a student at the University of South Alabama and in EDM 310. I love this post. I believe it to be important to incorporate technology in education. If students are taught how to use technology appropriately, it can be an important learning tool.

  590. John Carpenter:

    My name is John Carpenter. I am a Student enrolled in EDM310 at the University of South Alabama. I enjoyed your article. I think that technology is the key to the future. Keep working hard!

    John Carpenter

  591. Maleki Harris EDM310:

    I agree 100%!! I think that the reasons given for why teachers don’t use technology are some of the most common and at the same time some of the more ignorant reasons as well.

  592. Sally Jeter:

    Dr. McLeod,
    I’m an EDM 310 student, and I am so glad we were given your post to read…I loved the sarcasm; it really made your point hit home. I would take a group of students that had been given technology in school over those who only learned for the sake of standardize testing 10 times our of 10.

  593. Farrah Deese:

    I am a student at the University of South Alabama in the EDM310 class. I liked how you used satire in your post to prove your point. It was very funny.

  594. Stephen Alexander:

    Dr. Mcleod,
    I am also a student in EDM 310 at the University of South Alabama. You did a great job of proving your argument with sarcasm. Technology is here and is here to stay and the sooner we buy into that and teach our students how to use technology the sooner we will help the become successful.
    Thank you for the post.

  595. Katelin Brown:

    This is a brilliant post! I have heard many people use these excuses and reasons to not use technology in the classroom. I love the sarcasm you use and the points made by it. Technology is a wonderful tool to use in and out of the classroom. Thank you for posting!

  596. Michelle Vajgrt:

    Hi, I’m a student in EDM 310 at the University of South Alabama. I love your post. Your sarcasm really brings your point home! I hope parents take your advice and do these things with their children!

  597. Leah Garvens:

    Dr. McLeod,

    As many above me, I am also a student at the University of South Alabama, enrolled in Dr. Strange’s EDM 310 course. I found your post quite interesting. I had to read it twice. The first time I found myself wondering whether or not you were for or against the topic. So I read it again, and began to understand more clearly. I love the tone that you use, and how you applied it. Very interesting!

  598. Michael Breckenridge:

    Dr. Mc Leod
    I like your post. At first you can’t really detect the sarcastic tone but then at the end, boom you hit the reader with it. I love it though because it is so true I mean a lot of future jobs for our students haven’t been created yet so we need to be teaching students everything we can about technology to help them in the future job market. That is why I love your ending “cant wait to see who has a leg up in a decade or two” because it is b=obvious that your students will.

  599. Hannah Dickerson:

    Hi, my name is Hannah Dickerson and I am a student at the University of South Alabama. I am studying to be a math teacher. I think this post is great! I think all of the traditional ways of teaching are good, but in todays society there are even better ways! Blogging has become something I enjoy and I hope to use it one day when I have a class myself. Not everything on the internet is bad, like you said. It has some advantages and some disadvantages. Thanks for letting me read your blog! I really enjoyed it!

  600. Hannah Dickerson:

    Hi, my name is Hannah Dickerson and I am a student at the University of South Alabama. I am studying to be a math teacher. I think this post is great! I think all of the traditional ways of teaching are good, but in todays society there are even better ways! Blogging has become something I enjoy and I hope to use it one day when I have a class myself. Not everything on the internet is bad, like you said. It has some advantages and some disadvantages. Thanks for letting me read your blog! I really enjoyed it!
    Hannah Dickerson

  601. Laura Carpenter (Guest):

    Hi, I’m a student in EDM 310 at the University of South Alabama. I enjoyed the sarcasm of your post! It really makes your point stand out

  602. Sarah Lindley:

    Hi, my name is Sarah Lindley and I’m a student in EDM 310 at the University of South Alabama. I love your facetious approach to such an important topic in education today. I think that technology is such an crucial part of the world and that is so underutilized in schools, mostly because most educators are too timid or too arrogant to learn it. I really hope that in the future technology, and what it can teach students, is more readily embraced. Thank you for such an amazing post!

  603. Rebecca Lathem:

    Hello, Dr. McLeod! I’m in Dr. Strange’s EDM310 class at the University of South Alabama. I can really appreciate good use of sarcasm, and this post uses it perfectly. It’s a shame how our school systems seem to demonize technology. Even the media is always talking about the things that can go wrong when using technology. Instead, they should be talking about all the good uses of technology and how useful it is for education! Here’s hoping people read this post and realize that technology isn’t something to be afraid of, and it definitely isn’t something to discourage kids from using.

  604. Whitney Bizjak:

    Hi, I am a student in EDM310 at the University of South Alabama. I found your post both interesting, amusing, and sarcastic. I found some points I agreed with and others not so much. I am not an advocate of full technology in the classrooms though. Good luck with it!

  605. Shelby Day:

    My name is Shelby Day from the University of South Alabama. For my class EDM 310. When I looked over this post I was unsure if it was sarcasm or not. I hope it really is because technology can be such a useful tool in the classroom!

    Shelby Day
    Twitter: @Miss_ShelbyD
    Blog: http://dayshelbyedm310.blogspot.com/

  606. Jana:

    Dr. Mcleod,
    I love your use of sarcasm to convey your meaning! I do not think that technology is the only way to learn but I think it should be taught and used in the classroom. Along with that comes responsibility and learning what can happen if it is used wrong!

  607. Ciara Deese:

    Hey! My name is Ciara Deese, and I am a student in EDM310 at the University of South Alabama. I really enjoyed this post. At my school, all electronic devices were banned so I didn’t have much practice with them. My parents believed that all the new technology would do is let me find new ways to sneak around and do things behind their back. It definitely affected me when it came to knowing how to do things in college. I wish I would have been more exposed to these things at a younger age.

  608. Abigail Mularz:

    I am a student in EDM 310 at the University of South Alabama, and I enjoyed this post as well as many of your other posts. I am constantly preaching on my blog about moving forward and progressing with the technology we have today. Future students will be technologically savvy no matter what, so we must learn how to use the technology to our advantage!

  609. Warnetta Hurd edm310:

    I think every teacher and parent should monitor kids while using the web. There are many different dangerous things that can be avioded, as long as there is supervision.

  610. Warnetta Hurd edm310:

    I think the internet is a great source for learning,if teachers and parents are supervising. There are a lot of things on the internet I wouldn’t want my kids to see.

  611. Ashton DeMouy:

    Hi Mr McLeod, My name is Ashton DeMouy and I really enjoyed your post. At first I was pretty confused but then I caught your sarcasm! I loved it!

    Thank you,
    Ashton DeMouy

  612. FincherW:

    Hi!
    My name is Wannetta, and I am a student at the University of South Alabama taking Dr. Strange’s EDM310 Micro computing course. I like your approach on delivering this message. I agree that technology makes life easier. It just saddens me when I look over to see a family all glued to their phones and iPads around a dinner table. If discussed and used safely, technology can be an amazing tool to help us discover, learn, and branch out. Keep up the good work!

  613. Tonya Fendley:

    Surprise! It’s another EDM310 student from the University of South Alabama. Dr. McLeod, I thought your post was amazing! The structure grabbed my attention from the beginning but the use of sarcasm really emphasized the point. Before taking this course, I did not truly understand the importance of technology in education. I am looking forward to the challenge of integrating technology into my classroom. I want to use it as a tool to enhance my teaching and to help engage students in learning, not only in the classroom, but across the globe. I like the bring it on attitude at the end. Thank you for writing this post. Wonder what alien picture I will get when I submit my comment?

  614. Jarrod Roberts:

    Dr. McLeod, I really appreciate the work that you have put into making education as effective as possible. As a future educator studying at the University of South Alabama, I am excited about the opportunities I will have to make a difference in the lives of so many. Again thank you!

  615. yuxin88:

    Now it is getting difficult to teach children.

  616. Samantha Wesson:

    Technology is only a scary thing if you don’t know how to use it. Anything can be a distraction if it isn’t used properly, but with monitering and guidance, the world of technology can be one of the best learning tools that a teacher has. Great post!

  617. Emily Barnes:

    Hi, I’m a student in EDM310 at the University of South Alabama. I like the way you wrote this. I’m sarcastic so I related to this way of writing a lot easier. There are definitely some pros and cons to using technology in the classroom. I agree with there being a chance of bullying and sexting, but there comes a point where we have to trust them. Either they get their work done or they fail.

  618. Wannetta Fincher:

    Hi Dr. McLeod!
    My name is Wannetta Fincher, and I am currently taking EDM310 with Dr. Strange at the University of South Alabama in Mobile. I am going to be a health educator. First of all, I would like to thank you for sharing such a great post. I completely agree that many people can be too protective over children having access to the internet and become very frustrated when students use cellphones in class. Sometimes I can become completely lost if I become fixated on a single word that I cannot comprehend through context. Luckily, with internet or a smartphone, I can find out within seconds. Sometimes people feel threatened by technology that they are unfamiliar; I can definitely relate to that. And yes, there are downsides to the amount of information on the internet, however helping the students validate and synthesize information and informing students about the potential dangers will create a safer learning environment. Again, great delivery and diction. I look forward to more of your posts.

    W. FIncher

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