Switching Off

Right now I am supposed to be writing a seminar presentation on study skills for Year 11 students. I am supposed to present as the hip-young-technoliterate-teacher who, while being techno savvy, spurns all temptations to use the internet, ipods, skype, blogs, mobile phones etc for evil and redeems their use for good. One who masters technology without being mastered by it. One who knows the temptation of technology, her own limitations and successfully resists the urge to be distracted by this new evil lurking amongst us. I’m supposed to speak clearly and coherently and with much conviction so as to benefit our students. I am planning on saying how it is so important that instead of switching off our minds apathetically when know we have to approach study we should switch off that which distracts us…We should shun all that makes our mind wander and begin to embrace the wonder of learning. I am supposed to be writing all this in a convincing speech. But alas, I cannot for I am distracted… by technology of all things. mmedia.jpgGah!!!!If you have any advice as to how I can inspire my potential scholars on how to get ‘switched on,’ I’d appreciate your suggestions. You could help me use this blog for good instead of evil. 😉 How big a distraction is technology for you or your children?How do you master it? 

One Response to “Switching Off”

  1. Paul Says:


    This is like asking a purple finch why people die.

    ‘if i
    should tell you anything’
    (that eagerly sweet carolling
    self answers me)
    ‘i could not sing’

    Try rationing – “once I’ve done an hour of work, I’ll play for an hour.” Try combining, for English – “can I write a critique of such-and-such an activity, or music?” Or try satiation – “I am going to do such-and-such for 36 hours, until I am sick of it and don’t want to go near it again.”

    None of these work, by the way.

    Um, try being taken up with the glory of God, so that the things of earth grow strangely dim.

    Bottom line is, it makes a lot more sense for you to say to people, “look, I know how hard it is to break away from these things. They are made to appeal to us, and they do. ‘But you didn’t come all the way out here to watch TV now did ya?'” And perhaps show them the bit in the Zoo TV DVD where Bono says that.

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