I recently saw a quote on a poster that said: "Disconnect to Reconnect", author unknown. It resonated with me as we are all dependent on ongoing information sharing and technology use. I look back on the "good old" days where passing a hand written note was the equivalent of a text message!
As school counselors, we can identify with so many social emotional issues caused by the lack of appropriate communication skills. Technology, in my opinion, creates barriers for conflict resolution skills, face to face communication ability, and understanding emotions. The power of words can hurt! As well as the power of pictures!! Technology can be a great tool, we just need to educate students (as well as adults) that disconnecting can support reconnecting with a different perspective.
I was watching NBC morning show and a report came on about a new app that measures how many times a person is checking their cell phones. What an inspiration for a class lesson with Math! First you have to download the new app - Checky, http://www.checkyapp.com/.
Once all students have downloaded the app, have the Math teacher do a lesson on graphing. Topic to graph: how many times in a week have you checked your phone? Or where have you checked your phone the most? Once students graph it, you, as the school counselor can go in to the classroom and lead the discussion on the data results. What makes students want to check the phone so many times? What are the topics they are checking on?
Now, set a challenge. What would happen if the students held back and did not check their phones for 24 hours? How would it feel? What information did they feel they did not get because of disconnecting? How did it affect their life?
I certainly believe there is a huge potential for teaching balance. So go for it! Would love to hear if this inspired you and what the results were!!!