Take control of technology

technology People sometimes think I am clever because I can do so many things with technology and I do them easily. It has nothing to do with being clever. It is familiarity and practice. I do not want technology controlling my life so I control it. It’s lumps of plastic and connections; not what I’d call an inspiring leader. I have thought about it. What do I do ?

1.Be discerning about the media you use and consume
I don’t just look at anything and ready anything. I don’t just accept what the Net serves up as my daily diet for consumption and I don’t just do what is popular. I choose what I am going to do, read, watch, see and if I think something has gone too far or been too invasive, I take action. I don’t put up with the internet or technology. I use it for my own purposes.
2.Have daily routines with technology
In the morning my phone goes on and I go on Facebook. Facebook will tell me immediately anything I should know. My feed is designed to bring me interesting and informative information, colour and laughter. It also brings me instant news. In the evening I always look at Zite and Flipboard. I get some good articles to read. If I am not teaching , my phone is always on and with me. If I am teaching or driving my phone is somewhere else, locked up.
3.Move away from the device. Engage with the real world.
I turn technology off. I don’t worry if I missed a call or a message. I don’t have my computer or tablet on all day. I am connected first thing in the morning, during a school day but at home, the stuff goes off and I do other things. I have a lot of interests and there are things to do and people to see and a real world which I am in. Sitting all day is not good.
4.Be selective about what you will throw your heart and soul into
I decide what I want to get good at and what I want to be involved in. I don’t just do what people say is the thing to do or spend my time on with regard to technology. I am very bad at mobile phone calls but very good at texting. I love Facebook but have never been on Instagram and cannot as yet see the point. I have worked hard at learning how to make videos and voice recordings but my love is still making animated slide presentations.
5.Learn to focus and not be distracted
If I am using technology I don’t try to do other things. I don’t multitask and I don’t have running conversations. To be good at technology and to be able to get the best out of it, you need to focus. Which is why you need to get up and walk away and be with real people in the real world.
6.Get a good perspective
The internet is full of hype and loaded arguments. It is full of trends and mass media manipulation. I think for myself. I work things out. I get other information from elsewhere. I do not just accept and do. Facebook was a massive trend long before I got on there. When I encounter something new like that I check settings and sit and watch. I work out how something is impacting the world and people. How they are using it. How they are creating markets, thought bubbles, major paradigm shifts and also good impact. It is why you need to have real conversations with real people and live in the real world. You get a balanced perspective and you can talk things through.
7.Master something
Get good at keyboard skills, colour manipulations, making recordings, making a slide presentation. Get good at finding good YouTube clips about interesting things. Invest some time in mastering an aspect of technology you feel you are wobbly in and don’t worry about whether you are good at it or not. Just learn it a bit at a time.
8.Be connected
I am on Twitter several times a day. I am constantly fed information about news, views and perspectives and I follow people who will provide good insight and information. Ditto Facebook. My feed gives me lots of ideas and information and in a few minutes I am recharged and have ideas and ways of doing things. Trawling through stuff is not necessarily the best way to keep afloat. It is what you do when you want to get more and better information about something. It’s not a way of life.

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