Is it me, or is it a fact that our students do not have enough access to digital information? I'm sure some of my colleagues would argue favorably that children should have minimal time exposed to a computer. "The test is not on a computer, they need to be more in the classroom" they might add.
You the reader think: how much time do you spent on your "smart device"? How many apps do you absolutely need. Does your 2 year old use it like he/she was born with it? And did that same 2 year old read before navigating such device?
Well if I do not defend my own teaching philosophy, who will? The world is the classroom now. We must get as close as we can to the most credible source. If it means video chatting with people across the globe, familiarizing themselves to credible sites, watching youtube, etc., then so be it. My 4 walls are not a classroom, our living sphere is. And that computer "thingy" "plaything" is an imperative tool for this and future generations.