“My Non-Digital Life Project”

This is a project that has evolved from a number of different conversations we’ve had in class. The students and I are concerned by a few things:

  • The amount of time some people spend staring at screens
  • The fact that people now say they “play Facebook”
  • The fact that many students do very little exercise
  • The fact that many students seem to have physical problems caused by sitting using computers
  • The fact that students in Year 7, which has a 1-to-1 laptop programme now sit staring at screens in the mornings instead of playing physical games, talking (real talking!) or just running around
  • The fact that many students seem to be losing their imagination and ability to entertain themselves without a computer

So, we have started a year-long Flickr project that will celebrate and share – digitally – all the things we do in our lives that don’t involve computers, smart phones, video games or screens of any kind. You can see the Flickr set here.

The great part of this project is that we are sharing these things by taking digital photos, editing them and uploading them to Flickr. We’re using technology as a tool, a tool that enables us to capture and share all the interesting and creative things we do in our lives without technology.

It would be great to connect with other class communities on this to expand the project. Any suggestions about how we could do that?

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