Tween interview from a 13 year old boy – Andrew D.
1.) How does technology affect your daily life?
I use an iphone everyday to call my friends. Why an iphone? I got it for Christmas; my mom won’t let me use her phone. She gets mad when I use her phone. When I got my phone it took me 5 hours to remember and use my password right. My mom was pissed. Now I’m good with it. I have some apps. I want to get more.
My impression was that his iphone was “everything”. Doesn’t see it as a connection or a communication tool. Just thinks that everyone has one. Glad he has an iphone, thinks that is the best. Mom has rules about it using it. If he uses during school and gets caught, the school will take it away. Mom has made it clear she will be very upset. Thus he follows her rules to a T.
2.) How do you use technology to help you learn?
I use my laptop a lot. What sites do I use? I don’t know, whatever pops up. Like???? I guess I use Wikipedia a lot. I don’t really care. Whatever looks good.
Never really gave much though to how technology helps him learn. He is not concerned about the content of the sites or sources that he uses. Not concerned about false information.
3.) What do you think technology means?
I don’t know anything electronic maybe?
It seems to me that he really hadn’t thought about technology and what it really was. He seems to take technology for granted. Just thought we always had it, can’t really think about being without.
4.) What would you like to see your teachers do with technology to help you learn better or more effectively?
I don’t know. Just maybe use it more. Maybe more time in the computer room. Let us go on the internet more.
Not is aware of what is available to his teachers, not sure how it would be used in the classroom.
5.) How can you help your teacher to better use technology in the classroom?
I don’t know. Maybe using the Smartboard more. Let us kids use it. We can’t touch it (the stylus/pen). I would like to do that.
He would like some more hands on activities with computers. He says there are not allowed to be creative even when there is a project. When doing a project they have strict guidelines. He mentioned that one time he and his friends wanted to make a video and have it part of the project, (acting out the Revolutionary War). They were working in groups and he was working with two other boys and thought they could do their own reenactment and use it like a YouTube video. The teacher said “no”. They had to include a timeline, text and it sounded like other items that would be used in a book report format.
6.) What frustrates you most about the technology in your school?
We don’t get enough time on the computers. We always have to use Mavis Beacon. Then we get to go on some games. They’re old (the games). We never get to use the internet unless it is for a project. Even then we sometimes have to work in groups and take turns. Sometimes the computers don’t even work. (Meaning the internet.)
7.) What do you think about the adults around you (parents, teachers, others) and their use of technology?
I don’t know. My mom, she doesn’t let me use her laptop or her phone. That is why she got me my own. That is okay, I only use it to keep in touch with my friends. As for my teachers, I don’t know, maybe they could learn more, use it more.
His mom is the main focus about the use of technology. She is the one that has got him the iphone and set the rules for it. It is always the first thing she takes away when he is being punished.
As for the laptop, he hasn’t made the connection that maybe downloading from certain music sites or other sites might be the culprit for the crashing. For this reason he has his own laptop. His mother doesn’t allow him on her laptop. He also doesn’t make the connection about opening up unknown sites. Not really concerned about safety or privacy issues.
Not really concerned about teachers or other adults and their connection with technology.
My impression is that a 13 year old boy was probably not the best subject. He doesn’t have much of a vision beyond his friends or school. Mom has a strong influence, this is good because he does have some restrictions and must abide by them. Maybe he was abit immature for this type of reflective questioning? Maybe someone who is older (15+) and has had more experience outside of a restricted bubble would have been more insightful.