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Connected, but Alone: How Do We Maintain Our Humanity in the Digital Age?

I love using principalaim to highlight an educational perspective that I share or that I am wrestling with. Today’s “Read This Now!” features a noteworthy TED Talk from Sherry Turkle (professor in the Science, Technology and Society at MIT and founder and director of the MIT Initiative on Technology and Self).

Professor Turkle’s study of technology and how it shapes the way that we communicate and respond to one another is extremely important. I believe this work is especially relevant to what I do in my role as an educator as I work to make decisions about technology and how it is used in my school.  I know and understand my role to help expose my students to technology; however, I want to do so responsibly and deliberately recognizing that strengthening their ability to communicate through technology is not the only way they need to learn how to effectively communicate with others. I want my students to be well versed in all forms of communication. Ultimately, I believe Professor Turkle’s work resonates with me because we both see the need to ensure students remain connected to others especially when they are connected through technology.  tlb

Related source: Sherry Turkle’s Alone Together: Why We Expect More from Technology and Less from Each Other

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About principalaim

Head of Lower School, Louisville Collegiate School

3 comments on “Connected, but Alone: How Do We Maintain Our Humanity in the Digital Age?

  1. Teach2Connect
    November 21, 2013

    I’m so glad you liked her TED talk. Her research is really profound as we study the ways human behavior has changed in the digital age. It makes me nervous!!

    • principalaim
      November 21, 2013

      Thank you for your recommendation! I really appreciate Sherry’s approach and perspective. I love technology, but I do not want my students to lose their ability to connect with their peers. Maintaining their humanity is essential in the digital age.tlb

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