I think as educators it is our responsibility to understand how technology can be a distraction. We need to work with students and show them how to try and stay focused on the task at hand. Technology can be a great resource if we stay on task. Teaching a student to stay focused on a task will increasing become harder and harder for our students who were born with a mobile device in their hand. We also need to make sure students see the value of reading and writing so those skills are not lost. Asking students to give eye contact and not multi-task when talking to someone is of utmost importance. I find myself still looking at my phone or computer as people are talking to me.
The part of the video that I related most to was when Rachel Dretzin was cooking dinner and noticed her husband and children were all on digital devices. She said that even though they all are in the same house, they live in different worlds. I see this happening daily in my own house and find that we are spending less and less quality family time together. My ten year old son thinks he cannot make it through the day without being on the iPad. These videos and article have made me rethink how digital distractions are a part of my own life and what I need to do in order to make a better balance.