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Technology in the Classroom

Exposure to several technological applications compete with self-reliance, industry, and problem solving skills.
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Andrew Watkins

on 22 July 2016

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Transcript of Technology in the Classroom

MODERN
TECHNOLOGY

Opinion #1 We must keep up with the world by embracing and using all modern technology applications in our lives, our homes, and our classrooms - everywhere possible.
Opinion #2 We must maintain a balance between virtual and real life situations. People of all ages will benefit from leaving the world behind at moments in their lives - including the temple, the chapel, our homes, and the classroom.
Opinion #3 The rise of virtual reality and modern technology has destroyed our ability to think for ourselves and become independent. I'm going back to the plow and the typewriter.
Cars, planes, telephones, computers, and so forth enable us to do so much more than ever before. But they can also distract us from doing what, eternally, really matters most. Susa Young Gates once asked her father, President Brigham Young, how it would ever be possible to accomplish the great amount of temple work that needed to be done. “He told her there would be many inventions of labor-saving devices, so that our daily duties could be performed in a short time, leaving us more and more time for temple work. The inventions have come, and are still coming, but many simply divert the time gained to other channels, and not for the purpose intended by the Lord.” (Put on Thy Strength, O Zion! Improvement Era, Oct. 1952, 720)
Isaiah 2 (2 Nephi 12:8) – Their land is also full of idols; they worship the work of their own hands, that which their own fingers have made.
Isaiah 2 (2 Nephi 12:8) – Their land is also full of idols; they worship the work of their own hands, that which their own fingers have made.
WONDERFUL MIRACLES HAPPEN WITH THE APPROPRIATE USE OF TECHNOLOGY

The quickest Adam and Eve could communicate or travel over long distances was by horse. Almost 6,000 years later, the fastest Joseph Smith could communicate or travel was by horse. No progress in travel in almost 6,000 years of history! But beginning with the Restoration, the Lord began to pour out his Spirit and unveil modern inventions that have enabled us to take the gospel to the ends of the earth. (Ensign, August 1998)










Elder Joseph Fielding Smith said,
“I do not believe for one moment that these discoveries have come by chance, or that they have come because of superior intelligence possessed by men today over those who lived in ages that are past. They have come and are coming because the time is ripe, because the Lord has willed it, and because he has poured out his Spirit on all flesh.” (CR, October 1926, 117)









President Howard W. Hunter testified…
“The role of technology in [temple work] has been accelerated by the Lord himself, who has had a guiding hand in its development and will continue to do so.” (We Have a Work to Do, Ensign, March 1995, 65)
"If there is anything virtuous, lovely, or of good report or praiseworthy, we seek after these things."
Joseph Smith, Jr., (A of F #13)
Does the use of technology invite or impede the constant companionship of the Holy Ghost in your lives?
Does the time you spend using technology enlarge or restrict your capacity to live, to love, and to serve in meaningful ways?

***Are there times when it is appropriate to take a break from technology?
Elder Bednar said...

"God lives, and is our Heavenly Father.

Jesus is the Christ. He lives, and He stands at the head of this Church.

To be encircled about eternally in the arms of His love will be a real, and not a virtual experience."
In our decision whether or not to include personal devices in the classroom, may we have these guiding principles/questions in mind from Elder Bednar...

1. Does the use of technology invite or impede the constant companionship of the Holy Ghost into your life?
2. Does the time you spend using technology enlarge or restrict your capacity to live, to love, and to serve in meaningful ways?

PLEASE PONDER THESE QUESTIONS, AND COME BACK TOMORROW WITH YOUR DECISION FOR THIS CLASSROOM....

I raise an apostolic voice of warning about the potentially stifling, suffocating, suppressing, and constraining impact of some kinds of cyberspace interactions and experiences upon our souls. The concerns I raise are not new; they apply equally to other types of media, such as television, movies, and music. But in a cyber world, these challenges are more pervasive and intense. I plead with you to beware of the sense-dulling and spiritually destructive influence of cyberspace technologies that are used to produce high fidelity and that promote degrading and evil purposes.

If the adversary cannot entice us to misuse our physical bodies, then one of his most potent tactics is to beguile you and me as embodied spirits to disconnect gradually and physically from things as they really are. In essence, he encourages us to think and act as if we were in our premortal, unembodied state. And, if we let him, he can cunningly employ some aspects of modern technology to accomplish his purposes. Please be careful of becoming so immersed and engrossed in pixels, texting, earbuds, twittering, online social networking, and potentially addictive uses of media and the Internet that you fail to recognize the importance of your physical body and miss the richness of person-to-person communication. Beware of digital displays and data in many forms of computer-mediated interaction that can displace the full range of physical capacity and experience.

Brothers and sisters, please understand. I am not suggesting all technology is inherently bad; it is not. Nor am I saying we should not use its many capabilities in appropriate ways to learn, to communicate, to lift and brighten lives, and to build and strengthen the Church; of course we should. But I am raising a warning voice that we should not squander and damage authentic relationships by obsessing over contrived ones. (Elder Bednar, 2010 - Things As They Really Are)
Seminary Classroom
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