“One” Life


At the beginning of Ohler’s article he asks the question, “Should we teach our kids to have two lives, or one?” I then thought back to lecture where Katia  discussed real life and digital life as one.  We discussed a teacher’s role in preparing students for a society and world full of technology.  As both digital and non-digital worlds are the reality for today’s students I believe they need to be encompassed into one life.

In Jurgenson’s article he discusses, “how we have mistakenly been taught to view online as meaning not offline” in a literal way and has labeled this as “digital dualism.”  The term describes the parallel time spent online and offline.  For example, time spent online is less time spent offline, we are either looking at our devices or we aren’t, we have cell service or we don’t, when we are out with friends we are texting or not, etc.  Jurgenson goes on to make a valid point of which I had never previously considered. He states that social media depends on our offline activities as fuel.  For example, we continue to appreciate nature walks and socializing with friends as we always have but these experiences are the fuel or content for our social media posts.  Jurgenson believes that by posting about and sharing our offline activities actually have us appreciating these activities more.  It means that we may never fully log off as we are consciously collecting fuel for our next post.  However, Jorgenson believes that this does not mean we have lost our sense of curiosity and wonder but rather has enhanced it.

When thinking about my future classroom it is important to be aware of different perspectives such as these.  I personally want to embrace technology and utilize it in the classroom to meet curricular outcomes in all subject areas as technology is ever changing and will only keep growing.  Often, the younger population already know more about technology than their teachers and the adults in their lives.  We need to take these opportunities to learn from them as well. I want to foster the importance of creating a positive and responsible digital citizenship within my students.  I want them to know how powerful technology is when used responsibility but also how destructive and hurtful it can be to others and oneself if not.  I want them to be able to use technology to make a positive impact on others whether it be through digital sprawl (social media), digital etiquette, digital law, digital literacy or any kind of digital communication.  However, most importantly is the development of respect for oneself and others in their “one” life, whether it be online or off.


2 thoughts on ““One” Life

  1. Great post Laura!
    I love reading your posts because you speak in such a passionate way and it makes me think of who I am as a teacher and how I can better myself for my students. The goals you have shared in your final paragraph are goals that I will now follow and that I believe all teachers should be following.
    It is definitely true that whatever we do offline fuels what we do online. Personally, I enjoy sharing pictures of social media with my friends and family if I have done something exciting. During internship, one of the other interns in my school used Instagram for a social studies lesson where students had to make an Instagram account for a previous prime minister in Canada. It was so cool how this teacher incorporated technology and social media into his classroom in an exciting and beneficial way. What are some of the ways you were thinking of incorporating technology into the classroom? Or what are some of the ways you have used it in the classroom?

    Thanks for sharing Laura,



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