I have been following a few conversations recently that have focused on the negative aspects of technology and it disturbs me. The belief is that technology causes people to be withdrawn, anti-social and isolated. That technology gives people the freedom to bully, lash out, and lie therefore more of that behavior occurs. This is glass half empty thinking.
Technology can be enriching, allowing communication and collaboration where it was not possible before. It can be perceived as isolating when we a glued to our tools and oblivious to our physical surroundings. It is more a function of the user and not the tools that creates the environment of collaboration or isolation. The tool is a just a tool, it is the user who give it meaning and purpose. A hammer and chisel in my hands is a destructive combination but in the hands of an artist they can bring about great beauty. It is important that teachers, and schools model and promote the enriching, collaborative and creative use of technology, and not the destructive element.