Okay, I'll admit, we have a lot of technology out there. Like. A. Lot. But not all technology is bad. And not all technology is good (don't even get me started on SnapChat..just don't). However, I was presented with a new piece of technology yesterday, and I am having a really hard time deciding if I like this or not. As we move to more integrated technology (making everyday objects a wee bit "smarter" ala the Smart Watch), I have to stop and wonder if there should be a point that we stop trying to make EVERYTHING a computer. So, with that said, a web developer in New York has figured out a way to turn a mirror into a smart phone. Don't get me wrong it looks super neat, but I have to stop and question: Why did he do that? Here's what I like about it. You can be putting on your makeup or shaving your face and at the same time you can be checking email, texting, etc. I like the efficiency. Here's what I don't love. We are becoming SO tethered to technology that we literally cannot put on makeup or shave our face without [essentially] our phone stuck up our nose. And I am basically calling myself out because I am guilty of having my phone in my face A LOT. In my defense I need my phone at work so that I can actually get up from my desk every once in a while and go to the bathroom or make sure my legs still work. I try to be more conscious of NOT having my phone near me at home unless I am looking up a recipe or something, but sometime it is so hard to do that! So, herein lies my dilemma. Do I love this smarty mirror or not? I really can't decide. Maybe you can decide for me?
Hi! My name is Allison Barton, a former elementary school teacher turned Technology Integration Specialist at Greenville High School in Greenville, South Carolina. I have been teaching for 11 years and have relied on technology during that time to excite, engage, and educate my students (both young and old). I also enjoy very much sharing my knowledge about technology with other teachers.