Reflective Practice

Encouraging Wise Technology Use

Behold, I send you forth as sheep in the midst of wolves: Be ye therefore wise as serpents, and harmless as doves (Matthew 10:16).

Technology can be a wonderful resource for teachers and students. Unfortunately, it can also cause problems if used incorrectly. Ignorance about the appropriate use of technology is one of the biggest issues in the educational world today. Based on one of my recent research studies, it appears that 85% of higher education students are ignorant about their safety and privacy online.

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Ignorance of students, teachers and parents about their online activities can interfere with their lives in negative ways. For example, in the world of cyber-vetting, an individual’s online activities can be checked and considered a reflection of character; having a friend on social networking sites who has a criminal background can cause you problems, and so on. It is all too easy to be irresponsible with your thoughts and actions online. In this digital age, there is a steep rise of young people behaving irresponsibly online. Researches have proven this irresponsibility through studies on online behavior.

It is tempting for students and teachers alike to want to express everything about themselves online. Unfortunately, doing so leaves digital footprints. People can be more concerned about the convenience of communication than the danger of exposing their personal information.

As Christian educators, we need to have a balance in our online interactions. We should be wise in not exposing ourselves too much and leaving unnecessary traces online. On the other hand, it is wise to develop a positive online reputation through digital footprints, and we should encourage our students to do so as well. In this age of cyberbullying, we should also encourage our students to behave not only responsibly, but also kindly online. We need to guide our students to use technology as wisely as serpents and as harmlessly as doves.

Gladstone, R. K. (2015). Digital footprints for higher education student’s integrity: Causes, benefits and barriers. Paper presented at the 16th AIIAS International Conference on Business, Education and Public Health, Silang, Philippines, November 18-19, 2015.

Note: Article written and posted in English

Ranjith Gladstone

Ranjith Kingston Gladstone, PhD Candidate (C&I, Instructional Technology), the Coordinator at the Adventist International Institute of Advanced Studies (AIIAS) Academy, lives in the Philippines with his wife, Mrs. Carol Linda Kingston, and son, Carl Jason Harston Kingston. He has 14 years of teaching experience at Spicer College and at AIIAS in the fields of education, research & sciences. He has been awarded the "Nemesio E Prudente Excellence in Research Award 2015," and the "EDU-SAU Best Research Paper Presentation Award 2016" for research excellence, and has presented dozens of research papers at different international venues.

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