Next week begins Lent. That means eating at our favorite Mexican restaurant place on Fridays to avoid meat, I will give up sugar and most likely flour, and my birthday (the big 5-0) falls the day after Ash Wednesday. So there is a lot of sacrifice that will be happening. I often wonder if Lent should also be a time of powering down and reflecting on how we use technology in the classroom. I think it is a good time to think about whether or not we are using it just to use it or is there is solid pedagogy behind the lessons we create. Don't get me wrong, I am all about saving paper and throwing out worksheets-that is a priority. But now that we have the technology in our hands we need to start looking at blended learning, project based learning, and global collaboration. It's time to take the technology and change the way we teach. Teachers need to reflect on what they are doing and how they are doing it and most importantly, how they can do it better. I read Alice Keeler's blog and every time I read it there is a short tip on how I can do something better. So during Lent let's power down and examine what we are doing with our devices and how we can do it better with more meaning.
Christy Monge teaches film and media production at a Catholic high school in Orange County, California.